Create a Safe Haven for Birds in Your Garden

November 20, 2012 by  
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As urban areas become more and more built up, birds and wildlife are increasingly being forced out of their natural habitat. Gardeners can do much to alleviate the plight of birds by putting some thought into planning a garden that will make their feathered friends feel at home. This need not be complicated, and certainly need not be costly, as even a small bird-friendly spot in an urban garden can be a life-sustaining oasis that will more than reward the gardener for his, or her, efforts.

In planning a bird-friendly garden there are a number of points to bear in mind, one of the most important being to provide a clean source of water in a spot where birds have an easy escape route should they be disturbed by a predator, such as the neighborhood tabby. Recent statistics published by the RSPB noted that it is conservatively estimated that cats in the United Kingdom catch up to 55 million birds each year, with the most frequent victims being house sparrows, blue tits, blackbirds and starlings. A birdbath on a stand, placed beneath a tree, allows birds a view of their surroundings while they splash in the water, while giving them a quick escape route into overhanging branches should they feel threatened. Spiny and prickly plants such as holly can be grown around and beneath feeders and bird baths to discouraged cats from lurking there. Ensure that the bird bath is free of algae and filled with fresh water.

When choosing what to plant in your bird-friendly garden, it is best to go indigenous, as this will provide local birds with what they need, when they need it. Of course, birds are very adaptable and will make use of exotic plants as well, if it suits their needs. A good garden center in your area should be able to advise you on what to plant to attract birds, and a mix of indigenous and exotic plants can work well. Give consideration to including plants to provide food such as seeds, nuts, fruit and berries in all seasons, nesting materials and shelter. Food can always be supplemented with strategically placed feeders and nesting boxes are often welcome.

It should go without saying that pesticides should never be used in a bird-friendly garden. Given enough time, nature will take care of its own pests, and until ecological balance is reached, gardeners may need to put some extra effort into controlling pests organically and removing them by hand. Birds are great at keeping creepy-crawlies in check, so invite them into your garden and enjoy their company, while they enjoy the safe haven you have provided.

Big Bird Mart 2012

November 19, 2012 by  
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The Cajun Canary and Finch Club, Inc. is sponsoring a BIG BIRD MART on Saturday December 8, 2012, at the Jefferson Lions Club, 2920 Arlington Street, Jefferson, Louisiana. All proceeds from this family-fun event are being donated to bird research. Visitors can expected to see exotic birds, and buy cages, toys, feed, stands and more. $3.00 admission with children under 6 free. For more information email ggaynut@aol.com

Date: December 8, 2012
Venue: Jefferson Lions Club
City: Jefferson
State: Louisiana

Christmas Bird Count 2012

November 13, 2012 by  
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The 113th Christmas Bird Count is set to take place from December 14 through to January 5 all over the Americas, with tens of thousands of volunteer birding enthusiasts participating. If you have not yet taken part in this annual event, why not make it your new family tradition, as it is one that can be enjoyed by all ages.

Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival 2013

November 8, 2012 by  
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This exciting birding festival features a program of presentations offering up-to-date technical information, as well as birding and wildlife experiences. Field trips will take birders into a number of different habitats on Florida’s spectacular Space Coast, as well as into nearby counties in search of specific special and rare birds. Other highlights of the festival include the Pelagic Birding Boat Trip and the Raptor Project. For more information visit www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org

Dates: 23-28 January 2013
Venue: Brevard Community College
City: Titusville
State: Florida
Country: United States

Everglades Birding Festival 2013

November 8, 2012 by  
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The Everglades Birding Festival invites birders to journey through south Florida’s moss-covered cypress swamps, everglades prairies and marshes in a search for a variety of spectacular birds, some of which are very rare. The event includes field workshops on advanced birding skills, habitats, birding by ear, and field techniques. Keynote speaker is James Currie and Florida birding experts at the festival include Paddy Cunningham, David Simpson and Jim Eager. The event is sponsored by Birding Adventures. For more information visit www.evergladesbirdingfestival.com

Dates: 17-21 January 2013
Venue: Everglades
State: Florida
Country: United States

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