Those of you who share my interest in making backyards and other suburban spaces wildlife-friendly will enjoy this photo series from the New York Times, Species Close to Home. Times readers from around the world sent in photos of interesting or unusual animals they saw in their backyards. Some photos are wonderful photography and all … Continue reading Species close to home – photos from nytimes.com
I took this photo in June, but the same hot and heavy weather is still with us in August. I imagine I can see the heat being gently exhaled by the earth and water behind us, rising up to surround everything and everyone outside
You’ve heard of “water off a duck’s back”? Snow doesn’t think it’s water. Big, slow flakes swirling around rewind me of snow globes. This must be what it’s like to be inside one, except the snow doesn’t get recycled. And nobody’s shaking our world. Big bird gets cold feet.
Although I moved text around and reorganized the pages on the website, I also reused a significant portion of the text. The introduction, motivation, and general information on habitats stayed the same. The description of the habitat changed as I made changes in the yard. I'm not repeating the home page info which hadn't changed … Continue reading Wrenaissance in 2003
Welcome to WrenaissanceNWF Backyard Wildlife Habitat #23563Urban Wildlife Sanctuary #304 Not at lot of changes from 2001 and earlier, but websites were a lot more static back in the day. Despite that, it seemed to take up a fair amount time. Perhaps I'm conflating all my online actives and communities into one blob of time … Continue reading Wrenaissance 2002
By 2001, I had updated the home page with a shorter intro combined with the former How and Why page. I had the same photos in a banner at the top, which I haven't repeated here. I also provided a timeline of habitat development, that's a sort of proto-blog. Welcome to WrenaissanceNWF Backyard Wildlife Habitat #23563 … Continue reading Wrenaissance in the new millennium
An updated chronology and list of other habitat websites for 2001. Twenty years later, who remembers the early days of the web and sites like The Mining Co, About.com, Suite 101, and Geocities? Or webrings? I can't say I really miss those sites, and I don't want to turn back the clock, but I do … Continue reading Another year
This is a snapshot compilation of the books members of Project FeederWatch recommended over a couple of years while I was active on their email list. I updated the list every time someone made a new recommendation, so at any given time there may have been more or fewer titles. The same is true of … Continue reading A 2001 reading list
I'd forgotten about doing this until I was looking at the old pages. We all enjoyed PFW-L, and eventually set up our own separate email lists where we could talk about non-FeederWatch topics without irritating our host moderators at Cornell. I'm still on few noncommercial email lists, but that's showing my age, isn't it?As with … Continue reading FAQ from 2001
Gorp The original Gorp recipe posted in Wild Bird Digest can be found in the post, FAQ from 2001. From: Shelly (Auburn AL) peanut butter "gorp" recipe 1 part each of peanut butter (smooth or chunky), Crisco, and flour (I usually use whole wheat)3 parts corn mealoptional stuff like seed, raisins, nuts, etc... can be … Continue reading Recipes from 2001
A month later, I'd changed the home page a little, added some photos, and included a habitat inventory. The author page and the lists of resources, habitats, and wildlife observed were unchanged, so I didn't repeat them here. A Little Wrenaissance History To the great amusement of my family and friends, over the last four … Continue reading Welcome to Wrenaissance, Backyard Wildlife Habitat #23563.
This is the content from the earliest Wrenaissance web pages I can find in the Internet Archive. I've deleted the links to avoid dead ends, but otherwise the information remains relevant. To the great amusement of my family and friends, over the last four years I have become devoted to the idea of creating a … Continue reading Suburban sanctuary