Wings ‘n Water Festival 2012

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The new and improved Wings ‘n Water Festival offers a family-fun, weekend of birding activities for all ages. Features of the festival include folk music, local seafood, hands-on activities, and loads of arts and crafts. For more information contact www.wetlandsinstitute.org.

Dates: 12-14 July 2012
Times: 10-4 (THUR-FRI) 6-10 (SAT)
Venue: Wetlands Institute
City: Stone Harbor
State: New Jersey
Country: USA

Bird Safety

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Due to the adventurous nature of birds it is essential to ensure that their environment is safe.

The first safety precautions to consider are to do with the bird’s immediate environment – its cage. The spacing between the bars of a bird cage must be narrow so that your bird will not get its head stuck. Bars that are of a small diameter are easily bent and can make the gaps larger and less safe. There are a variety of feeding and watering bowls available and these must be selected carefully with the bird’s safety in mind. It is important to use the bowls designed for the holders as gaps will provide opportunity for toes to get stuck. Be sure to secure “guillotine”; type cage doors as some birds may try to lift these and get their heads caught. Look out for cages made of materials that may contain poisonous zinc or brass. Spring loaded latches can also be dangerous for toes and beaks.

Safety in feeding is another aspect to look at. Foods that are bought in bulk and then repackaged are not a good idea as they may be contaminated. Rather purchase food in the packaging of the manufacturer, even if it is slightly more expensive.

Many people recommend that a bird’s wings be clipped so as to prevent it from flying into trouble around the house. If your bird is permitted to leave its cage, it is vital to bird-proof your home for your bird’s safety, and to always know where it is. Many things around the house may prove toxic to birds, to name a few: crayons, various household cleaners, insecticides, lead-based paint, nicotine and table salt. It is also advisable not to let the bird out the cage when cooking or cleaning, as it may consume the wrong things or get burnt on ovens and stoves. Resist the desire to have your bird sleep with you, as sadly, many people have awoken to find their birds have been crushed.

Certain toys can also compromise your bird’s safety. Toys made from fabric may have threads in which the bird may tangle his/her feet or neck. Key rings are often used to attach hanging toys to the cage, however alternatives would be better as beaks, tongues and toes can get caught in these. Rope toys with loose threads may also entangle your bird.

The best thing to do is to carefully watch your bird’s activities around its cage and the external environment and try to predict any possible dangers to your bird’s safety. Rather safe than sorry!

Activities

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The main bird related activity that people engage in is that of bird watching, an activity that continues to increase in popularity with people all over the world showing renewed appreciation for the wonders of nature. Bird watching is a relatively inexpensive hobby and there are always opportunities to spot new bird species. One way to watch birds is to attract them to your garden. You can attract birds by providing food, water and shelter for them.

Use your bird guide to identify birds by looking at their general outline/shape, coloration, eye color, leg and bill color, behavior and considering the habitat that they are in. Listening to bird calls and sounds will assist you in identifying them. The more bird watching you do, the easier it will become to identify the bird species in your area. So don’t delay – get out there and spot some birds!

Florida’s Big “O” Birding Festival

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The annual Big “O” Birding Festival is scheduled to take place from 25 to 27 January 2008 in Moore Haven, Florida, on the western side of Lake Okeechobee. Long time bird watchers are no doubt already aware that this area is a birder’s paradise and the activities arranged for the three day festival are sure to reinforce their love and respect for these amazing feathered creatures. The Big “O” Festival is also the perfect opportunity for new and potential bird watchers to find out what birding is all about.

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The 11th Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival

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Strategically located on the eastern continental flyway Florida, USA, is truly a bird-watcher‘s paradise. This is a key stopover point for a number of migrating waterfowl, shorebirds, passerines and raptors with more than 330 species of birds having been seen. Many birds migrate from their northern homes to spend their winter in Florida. The wildlife in the Florida area is diverse and interesting. It is clear to see why the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival held in Titusville, Florida, is such a popular event. The 11th annual festival will be held from 23 to 28 January 2008 and all bird and wildlife enthusiasts are welcome to attend.

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