50 Common LIZARDS Found in the United States! (ID Guide)

50 Common LIZARDS Found in the United States! (ID Guide)

“What kinds of lizards can you find in the United States?”   I was amazed by the number of lizards in the United States – well over 150 species!   Since it would be impossible to list them all in one article, I chose the most common and interesting lizards to share with you.   Today, you’ll learn about 50 different kinds of lizards in […]

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39 Types of Sparrows Found In The United States! (ID Guide)

39 Types of Sparrows Found In The United States! (ID Guide)

What kinds of sparrows can you find in the United States?   No matter where you live in the United States, you are familiar with seeing sparrows. However, many people are surprised to discover the wide variety of species near them.   Below you’ll learn how to identify sparrows by sight or sound. Make sure to pay attention to the range maps to see which […]

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Here’s when to take down your hummingbird feeders…

Here’s when to take down your hummingbird feeders…

As the end of summer arrives, hummingbirds are getting ready to start their migration back south.     Crazy, right? It feels like they just got here. Honestly, I hate knowing I won’t get to see hummingbirds for a while! ​ At this time of year, one of the most commonly asked questions I get asked is:   “When should I take down my hummingbird […]

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50 Common SNAKES That Live in the USA! (ID Guide)

50 Common SNAKES That Live in the USA! (ID Guide)

There are A LOT of snakes in the United States!   And what’s interesting is that they are all incredibly unique and have adapted to fill many habitats and niches.   You’ll see that the snakes that live in the United States are very different from each other. For example, some species are venomous, while others use constriction to immobilize their prey. Or the fact […]

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The 5 Types of Grosbeaks in the United States! (ID Guide)

The 5 Types of Grosbeaks in the United States! (ID Guide)

What kinds of grosbeaks can you find in the United States? The name “Grosbeak” may imply that their beaks are gross, but they are anything but that.   In actuality, the meaning of the name comes from the Latin words “gros” and “beccus,” meaning “large beaks.” This name is fitting since these beautiful birds rely on their thick bills to crack open nuts and seeds. […]

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The 3 Types of Crossbills in the United States! (ID Guide)

The 3 Types of Crossbills in the United States! (ID Guide)

What kinds of crossbills can you find in the United States?   Crossbills, which are considered a type of finch, are incredibly unique-looking birds. As their name suggests, they have a crisscrossed bill which looks like it would make it impossible to eat! But incredibly, these birds have adapted these bills to allow them to extract seeds from pinecones.     Luckily, all species of […]

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4 Simple Ways To Attract Goldfinches! (2021)

4 Simple Ways To Attract Goldfinches! (2021)

Learning how to attract goldfinches to your yard is incredibly rewarding! These acrobatic birds are a ton of fun to watch. Personally, I love how they can hang from almost any angle or orientation when they eat. Or watching their roller coaster flights across my backyard!   But because they are so small, goldfinches are easily scared away by larger, more aggressive birds. So to […]

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The 3 Types of Goldfinches in the United States! (ID Guide)

The 3 Types of Goldfinches in the United States! (ID Guide)

What kinds of goldfinches can you find in the United States?   Goldfinches are known for their beautiful coloring and sweet song—no wonder they’re one of the most popular birds around!   Luckily, all of them visit bird feeders, so you have a great chance of attracting goldfinches to your yard. If you’re lucky, you may even see a goldfinch at my bird feeding station […]

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6 Proven Ways to Attract Woodpeckers! (2021)

6 Proven Ways to Attract Woodpeckers! (2021)

How do you attract woodpeckers to your yard? This question is incredibly common, especially if you are new to bird feeding. Woodpeckers are not only beautiful, but they are incredibly unique and a ton of fun to watch.   And luckily, almost no matter where you live, multiple woodpecker species can be found. See the 17 types of woodpeckers that live in the United States […]

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26 Common Spiders Found in the United States! (2021)

26 Common Spiders Found in the United States! (2021)

“What kinds of spiders can you find in the United States?“   Many people are terrified of spiders and find them extremely creepy. This is unfortunate because they are crucial to our environment and are incredibly interesting creatures!   Luckily, most spiders are harmless, and they control the insect population. In fact, without spiders, our food supply would be in jeopardy!   Today, you are […]

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24 Types of Garter Snakes in the United States! (w/ pics)

24 Types of Garter Snakes in the United States! (w/ pics)

Almost everyone can identify a “garter snake” in the United States!   But here’s the problem:   There are multiple species and sub-species of garter snakes! Therefore, figuring out the identity of the SPECIFIC snake you are observing can be challenging. This is especially true since many of them have similar appearances and behaviors.   Today, you are going to learn about 24 garter snake species […]

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How To Use HOT Pepper Birdseed to Keep Squirrels Away!

How To Use HOT Pepper Birdseed to Keep Squirrels Away!

Today, we are going to be talking about hot pepper birdseed.   More specifically, how hot pepper birdseed can help keep squirrels from eating all of the bird food at your feeding station! RELATED: 8 PROVEN Ways To Keep Squirrels Off Bird Feeders!   Seriously, this strategy really works. When I use this spicy food, squirrels (and other mammals) take one whiff and decide to look […]

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34 Types of Turtles Found in The USA! (ID Guide)

34 Types of Turtles Found in The USA! (ID Guide)

“What kinds of turtles can you find in the United States?”     I was amazed at the number of turtle species there are in the United States!   In fact, there are so many species I have broken them down into a few different categories. Freshwater Turtles (#1-22) Box Turtles (#23-28) Sea Turtles (#29-34) Today, you will learn about the 34 different kinds of […]

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The 6 Poisonous Spiders Found in the USA! (ID Guide)

The 6 Poisonous Spiders Found in the USA! (ID Guide)

Luckily, there are ONLY six types of poisonous spiders in the United States!   And fortunately, they only bite when disturbed or provoked. It’s important to remember that spiders would rather run away from you than bite. If you come across one of the spiders listed below, please DO NOT DISTURB!   Did you know that spiders are considered venomous, NOT poisonous?   There’s a […]

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The 20 Types of Finches Found in the United States! (2021)

The 20 Types of Finches Found in the United States! (2021)

What kinds of finches can you find in the United States?   Finches are incredibly beautiful birds and a lot of fun to see in your backyard.     Luckily, almost all of them visit bird feeders, so you have a good chance of attracting multiple types of finches to your yard. If you’re lucky, you may even see a finch at my bird feeding […]

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15 Types of Water Snakes in the United States! (ID Guide)

15 Types of Water Snakes in the United States! (ID Guide)

“What kinds of water snakes can you find in the United States?“   Is it just me, or do you also find water snakes fascinating?   There’s something about the way they move across the water that is incredibly interesting. Whenever I am near a pond, marsh, or other body of water, I make sure to look for any water snakes moving about.   Today, […]

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The 5 Best WINDOW Hummingbird Feeders (That Work!)

The 5 Best WINDOW Hummingbird Feeders (That Work!)

When it comes to feeding birds, buying a window hummingbird feeder is one of the BEST things you can do. I love being able to sit in my kitchen, enjoy my coffee, and watch the little hummers come up to the window. Unless I make a sudden movement, they have no idea that I’m just a few feet away watching them eating their nectar.   […]

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18 Types of Toads Found in the United States! (ID Guide)

18 Types of Toads Found in the United States! (ID Guide)

“What kinds of toads can you find in the United States?”   “Don’t pick that up, you’ll get warts!”    If you’re anything like me, you heard this quite a few times growing up from a parent telling you to leave a toad alone. With their bumpy skin, staring eyes, and loud, insect-like calls, it’s understandable to be cautious around toads.   But luckily, it’s […]

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Did you find a baby bird? Here’s what to do next!

Did you find a baby bird? Here’s what to do next!

So you found a baby bird and want to help.   First, let me commend you on having a big and generous heart. 🙂 I know it’s sad to find a helpless creature, and you just want to do what’s best for it.   Today, you are going to learn EXACTLY what to do with a baby bird!   But before we begin, let’s review […]

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26 Types of Venomous Snakes Found in the USA! (ID Guide)

26 Types of Venomous Snakes Found in the USA! (ID Guide)

“What kinds of venomous snakes can you find in the United States?”   This question is extremely common. Everyone wants to know if any dangerous snakes live near them and what they look like!   Believe it or not, you can find TWENTY-SIX types of venomous snakes in the United States. But please don’t live in fear, thinking that you are going to be bitten. […]

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31 Types of Frogs Found in the United States! (ID Guide)

31 Types of Frogs Found in the United States! (ID Guide)

“What kind of frogs can you find in the United States?”   I love finding, observing, and hearing frogs!   Even as a kid, I used to patrol the swamps by my house, catching them and then trying to sell them as pets to cars passing by. As you can imagine, no one was interested in buying my frogs, and I ended up letting them […]

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11 Reasons Why Birds Have Stopped Visiting Your Feeders!

11 Reasons Why Birds Have Stopped Visiting Your Feeders!

“Where did all my birds go?“   Having birds mysteriously disappear from your feeders is an extremely frustrating issue.   One week your backyard is full of different bird species, and you feel like you are a feeding expert!   But then, like a bad breakup, they seem to disappear without even saying goodbye. You’re left dumbfounded, looking out your window, wishing for the good […]

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3 Ways to Keep Hawks AWAY From Bird Feeders! (2021)

3 Ways to Keep Hawks AWAY From Bird Feeders! (2021)

“Help! A hawk has started hanging around my bird feeders. How can I make it go away, so it doesn’t eat my birds?!”     The above question, or some version of it, is one of the most common that I receive. I can always tell that the person asking has a GIANT heart, and the last thing they want to see is their adorable […]

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30 Water Birds That Live in the United States! (ID Guide)

30 Water Birds That Live in the United States! (ID Guide)

What kinds of water birds can you find in the United States?   Visit any lake, river, or wetland, and you are almost certain to see some type of bird in the water, whether it’s a duck searching for food in the shallows or a heron stalking prey along the shore.   Today, you are going to learn 30 water bird species that are COMMON […]

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16 Types of Tree Frogs Found in the USA! (ID Guide)

16 Types of Tree Frogs Found in the USA! (ID Guide)

“What kind of tree frogs can you find in the United States?“   Tree Frogs are interesting animals that have adapted to all sorts of habitat niches. And while they are common, they are MUCH harder to find than your “typical” frogs that live in lakes and ponds. For example, a tree frog could literally be right next to your head, but it may be […]

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25 Types of Ducks in the United States! (ID Guide)

25 Types of Ducks in the United States! (ID Guide)

What kinds of ducks can you find in the United States?   Who doesn’t love ducks? Head to almost any water habitat, and you are likely to see at least a few swimming around.   I think you’ll be amazed at how many duck species are found in the United States!   For people who are only ever used to seeing the common Mallard, this […]

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Birds of Prey in the USA! (26 COMMON Species)

Birds of Prey in the USA! (26 COMMON Species)

What kinds of birds of prey can you find in the United States?   This question is common, both for birders and non-birders alike. Raptors are popular animals that tend to catch people’s interest more than most other species. Luckily, in the United States, there are many species in all sorts of different habitats.   Today, you will learn about 26 types of raptors that […]

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Types of Herons in the United States! (11 species)

Types of Herons in the United States! (11 species)

What kinds of herons can you find in the United States?   If you visit any type of water habitat, you are likely to see at least one species of heron. These elegant birds are typically found in shallow water, which they enjoy wading through to find food.   Some types of herons are easy to spot when they are around, such as Great Blue […]

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Geese and Swans in the United States! (10 species)

Geese and Swans in the United States! (10 species)

Geese and swans are some of the largest birds you will find in the United States!     Assuming you’re near a large body of water, it shouldn’t be too hard to find at least a few different species. They are fairly common in most lakes, estuaries, wetlands, lagoons, bays, or anywhere else they can find food. Most types of geese and swans are also […]

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The 27 MOST Common Birds in the United States! (2021)

The 27 MOST Common Birds in the United States! (2021)

What kinds of birds can you find in the United States?   This question is hard to answer because of the vast number of birds found in the United States. Did you know there have been over 1,000 species recorded here?   As you can imagine, there was no way to include this many birds in the below article. So instead, I tried to focus […]

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