If you live in a northern climate like I do, then you get all four seasons. I look forward to the changes, but I must admit that Ontario winter seems awfully long compared to the other seasons!
Probably everyone living in North America is familiar with the American robin. This well-loved bird is found across the continent and is so popular that three U.S. states, Connecticut, Michigan and Wisconsin, have chosen it as their state bird.1
I know many will disagree, but what is better than watching nature? If you feed and house birds in your yard, and would love the idea of seeing them on your TV in colour and listen to them as well, and could do it safely, wouldn’t you? It...
We all love to feed the birds, and nothing brings life to a backyard like birds especially in the winter months. But if you want to attract them to nest, and you have been putting up houses but with no interest, then try this idea. Birds like to...
When we bring our feathery friends to our homes for the first time, it's hard to imagine how many things are potentially harmful (or even lethal) to them. Here is a list of a few things to look out for, and to make sure that your bird keeps far away from.
Learn how to teach your pet bird to talk. Which birds can you teach to talk? Most parrots, the Galah, Indian Ring neck parrots, Cockatiels and Budgerigars can all be taught to talk.
Before you buy or build any aviary, ask yourself - which type of birds do you want to keep in the aviary? Do you want an aviary for a few birds or will you start breeding them too? Decide whether you will build or buy the right aviary for your precious birds
Nature and crafts go hand in hand in this series of articles focusing on North American plants and wildlife. Each article is designed with kids and families in mind and includes an educational element along with a coordinating craft project. Today's topic: North American owls. These magnificent birds of prey boast some of the most interesting features in the animal world. Once we've learned about their special characteristics, we'll discuss ways to attract these silent creatures to your backyard. You'll also enjoy the craft project at the end of the article that shows kids how to create fun owl magnets.
Bird watching is a wonderful way to spend hours out in the fresh air. You will be amazed at the antics of these beautiful birds that virtually parade in front of you waiting for you to snap their picture. While others move so quick, you will often miss them.
I recently learned that it's become legal to shoot mourning doves in central and southern Ontario, Canada. I was appalled that there are supporters of this decision in higher education and government institutions. Mourning doves are not overpopulated - nor are they doing any harm to humans. They are not considered a viable food source. So why are they being hunted? For fun and votes it would seem.
I am known as the “squirrel lady” on my street because I love to feed them, but I also love to feed the birds and other backyard critters. So, squirrel proofing bird feeders was something I had to do to keep the peace in my backyard. As many...