backyard birding

Winter is the perfect time to take notice of how many magnificent birds spend the winter here in Iowa. Chickadees, nuthatches, goldfinches, cardinals, jays, and titmice are all typical visitors to Bettendorf backyards. It’s also not unheard of to spot hairy and red-headed woodpeckers and even the occasional Northern Flicker. Common redpolls, grossbeaks, pine siskins,…

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Houseplants have a way of making a house a home. Our pets do the same, adding personality, laughter, and love to our lives. Unfortunately, sometimes the two are not particularly compatible! There are some houseplants that can make pets very sick if curiosity gets the best of them. Luckily for us pet lovers, there are…

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The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone, including your houseplants. If you’re hosting a big family Christmas dinner you’ll be too busy to make sure everything gets watered on time, and you never know what those adorable visiting kids and pets might get up to if plants are accessible. If you’re going away…

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Christmas Plants: Which Are Poisonous? Which Are Safe?

It’s no secret that some plants are really dangerous for children, adults, and pets. Some plants can actually kill us if we eat them, some will just make us quite ill, and some are completely harmless. Let’s set the record straight about which Christmas plants are risky, and which are just fine.      Holly:…

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Air Plant Ornament

Are you as obsessed with air plants as we are? We can’t get over how unique they are, and how much fun it is to decorate with them! Here are a few ideas you can use to integrate your favorite air plant buddies into your holiday decor this Christmas season.  Air plants are beautiful on…

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