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Bring the songs of summer home

A careful choice of food and feeders can make your home a sanctuary for birds of spectacular colour and song offerings of great sweetness.

Sherrie Versluis
Feathered Friends

Nature, in our own back yards, provides a precious tranquil space in summer, offering among other blessings the best medicine we have for de-stressing. For people who combine the hobbies of gardening and feeding wild birds, the rewards are many. The beauty and fragrance of flowers along with the colours and songs of birds are food for the soul.

When it comes to attracting wild birds in summer, there are specific feeders and foods as well as plants that can help you draw in some spectacular species. Here are some tips that can bring great results. Continue reading Bring the songs of summer home

A new perspective on nature’s needs

We don’t need lush, immaculate lawns – when it means more greenhouse and toxic gases in the atmosphere and growing menace to life on earth.

Sherrie Versluis Feathered Friends
Sherrie Versluis
Feathered Friends

The health of the environment is a hot topic throughout the world. Climate change is a leading concern with scientists and environmentalists. There are many other areas of concern like pollution of our air and lakes, deforestation, drought and the effects all of these combined problems on songbirds and beneficial insects.

Continue reading A new perspective on nature’s needs

Birds perish in a brutal spring

Bird populations have dropped sharply.
Bird populations have dropped sharply.

Snow, rain, extreme wind and minimal food sources. It’s been a challenging time for many people, but even more so for wildlife.

Sherrie Versluis Feathered Friends
Sherrie Versluis
Feathered Friends

Mother Nature has been dealing some serious weather this season. From cooler than normal temperatures to extreme rain and then flooding in many areas throughout Manitoba. It has been challenging for many people, but even more so for wildlife. Continue reading Birds perish in a brutal spring

Robert R. Taylor’s camera lens helped world appreciate nature

He had a deep impact.
He had a deep impact.

Bob Williams spoke of a time when the pair were hiking and his friend asked him to look at some moss through his lens. Seeing moss in all its detail, Williams was changed. Moss he had trampled over many times was now so much more: a new appreciation for nature was born.

By Sherrie Versluis

On Aug. 15, the world lost an ambassador of nature, Canada lost one of its most recognized and honoured nature photographers, and Manitoba lost one of its own. He was a man so humble, those who casually met him would never know what prestigious honours and accolades he held, and he would never tell. He received some of Canada’s highest awards. He certainly did make a difference and he had a deep impact on many people’s lives. This was Robert R. Taylor. To those of us who knew him personally, this was our friend Bob. Continue reading Robert R. Taylor’s camera lens helped world appreciate nature

A naked tree in the forest

The genetically engineered trees I witnessed were bare, not a leaf, a needle or any green on them. They didn’t even have bark. These are features the logging industry wants, to reduce processing. In this environment, the pine cones that feed forest-dwelling creatures would no longer exist.

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