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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

How birds survive winter’s bitter cold

Some clues: they begin building up fat reserves as insulation in the fall; they grow about 1,000 new feathers; they puff themselves up, using many calories, to produce extra body heat.

Sherrie Versluis Feathered Friends
Sherrie Versluis
Feathered Friends

How do they do it? How do wild birds survive in the dead cold of winter? We all know as humans that when the thermometer hits minus 20 or colder we hurry from the car to the house. Even as we are adorned in thick, down-filled coats with toques and mitts, it is still bitter and unbearable. When the wind chill kicks in, it can even be life threatening, yet wild birds carry on each day seemingly unbothered by the brutality of winter. What do they have that we don’t! Continue reading How birds survive winter’s bitter cold

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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Got a great horned owl as a neighbour? Now that’s really a hoot!

You can recognize this powerful owl by his call. ‘Ho-ho-hoo-hoo-hoo.’  And no, he isn’t Santa Claus. Continue reading Got a great horned owl as a neighbour? Now that’s really a hoot!