The Woodpecker—A Fascinating Bird in Your Backyard

Professional naturalist and wildlife photographer Stan Tekiela is fascinated by woodpeckers, and for 10 years he traveled the country, studying and photographing various woodpecker species. There are many unusual birds in the world, but there is one group of highly specialized birds that I find incredibly interesting—the woodpeckers....

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Bug-Eating Woodpeckers

In this week’s column, Stan Tekiela talks to us about the woodpecker's love for bugs. Stan is the author of Remarkable Woodpeckers: Incredible Images and Characteristics. Perched nearly 20 feet in the air, looking down at the forest floor below, I was waiting for a pair of Red-bellied...

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Great Blue Heron Nesting

In this week’s column, Stan Tekiela discusses the nesting habits of the Great Blue Heron. There’s a large and very common bird that people see on a regular basis, but rarely does anyone see it nesting. The bird is the Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), the largest and...

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Coastal Redwoods

In this week’s column, Stan Tekiela talks about his visit to the Californian coastal redwoods. California is known for many things—sunny beaches, Hollywood, Disneyland, its designation as the Garlic capital of the world—well, maybe not so much for this last one, but you know what I mean....

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About Birds and Plants

Today, Stan Tekiela, author of Backyard Birds: Welcomed Guests at Our Gardens and Feeders, talks to us about the relationship between birds and plants. Often the most complex relationship between birds and nature is right in front of us, but we don’t see it. For example, Blue...

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