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Celebrating Animals

Readers submit their best photos to All Animals magazine

All Animals magazine, September/October 2014

Woodpeckers feast on a suet mixture in a homemade bird feeder. Janet Furlong

My husband and I live on 3 acres with natural woodland, three ponds and a creek. We get a lot of wildlife coming through—bears, opossums, chipmunks, foxes and lots of birds. I do whatever I can to make them feel welcome. We’ve got native plants for food and cover. We don’t use pesticides. I keep the bird feeders full. And everyone has clean water to drink year-round.

On my back deck, I’ve created a bird studio with a birdbath and feeders hanging from a large potted ficus tree. I spread a homemade suet-type mixture into a feeder that my husband made by drilling holes in a log. It hangs from a hook and attracts all kinds of birds. It’s what the male downy and red-bellied woodpeckers are clinging to in this picture.

My daughter recently wrote in a Mother’s Day card, “Mom, everybody says I look like my dad. But my love for nature comes from you.” I thought, this is exactly what I want out of life, to pass along one of my greatest loves.

— Janet Furlong, Culpeper, Virginia

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Submit your inspiring photo to us for possible publication in All Animals or on our website, along with an explanation of 250 words or fewer about why it's meaningful to you.

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