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Illustration of a man carrying a dead coyote among other participants of a wildlife killing contest

WARNING: Content may be upsetting to readers. At first glance, the event held behind a restaurant in upstate New York looked like an ordinary community gathering. There were “people with strollers, families, people walking around with beers and coffee and whatnot—almost like a fair,” the Humane...

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By James Hettinger

The Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Critics’ Choice Awards and now the Oscars have made history this year by featuring plant-based-only menus. It seems only natural that LA’s young philanthropists would throw themselves into the movement by learning how to prepare plant-based...

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a dog points in a field of grass and wildflowers as a rabbit looks on

Many Marches ago, as I mindlessly contorted myself to pull a deep-rooted weed from the garden patch, my thoughts turned longingly to the smell of fresh basil that would eventually grace what I saw as a still-barren vegetable graveyard. This spot was not so lifeless as it appeared, I would soon learn...

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By Nancy Lawson, author of The Humane Gardener
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by Matthew Prescott

While folktales portray them as sly tricksters, foxes deserve our respect for their intelligence and adaptability.

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Monarch butterfly in flowers

The suspect creeping up near my front fence was a tough character—broad-leafed and thick-stemmed and threatening to invade my property and swallow it whole if I didn’t act fast. There was no hesitation that summer morning as I headed to work: Off with his head! It was a decision made all too easy by...

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BY NANCY LAWSON, AUTHOR OF THE HUMANE GARDENER
a bluebird sits on a tree with a loud weed whacker in background

Sitting on her porch in the desert one afternoon while recovering from surgery, Christine Hass closed her eyes. The operation to fix her detached retina had been difficult, and she sought respite from the lingering pain. “Suddenly I could hear all the birds singing. It was March—the migrants were...

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BY NANCY LAWSON, AUTHOR OF THE HUMANE GARDENER
Wearing gloves, Lori Thiele relocates the baby squirrels to a cardboard pet carrier

To most people, the tiny voices rising above the din of traffic would have registered as everyday birdsong. But to Lori Thiele’s finely tuned ears, the high-pitched staccato emanating from a neighbor’s yard last spring was unmistakable, a sure sign of distress. “I was getting ready to go out on a...

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BY NANCY LAWSON, AUTHOR OF THE HUMANE GARDENER
Neighbors working in a community garden
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By Bethany W. Adams
Mother and three kids on a nature walk

We zigzag from tree to tree, seeking refuge under the leaf umbrellas. Drizzle turns to deluge as we dash beneath a tall canopy to plot our escape. The sky booms. My dad takes my hand, and I look up to see if he shares my sense of foreboding. But he’s smiling at me, his eyes twinkling. He says...

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BY NANCY LAWSON, AUTHOR OF THE HUMANE GARDENER

Today the Humane Society of the United States released the results of a disturbing undercover investigation into a wildlife killing contest in Texas held on January 24. Texas is thought to have the largest number of wildlife killing contests of any state in the country. Investigators documented...

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Hummingbird stopping at a flower to eat

The distant view from Kelly Brenner’s Seattle living room was enviable, a testament to the engineering marvels of modern human habitat. But much closer to home were sights even more spectacular than the Space Needle rising hundreds of feet in front of the Olympic Mountains. Against the backdrop of...

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BY NANCY LAWSON, AUTHOR OF THE HUMANE GARDENER