Birds and Butterflies

Learn how to draw birds and butterflies into your garden.

Earth Day – 5 Tips For Your Garden

The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970.  It was promoted as a “teach-in on the environment” by Wisconsin senator Gaylord Nelson.  Thousands of colleges and universities across the U.S. organized events to bring awareness of the declining state of the environment. That first Earth Day changed the way we view the world and live our lives every… Continue reading

Bird House Plans – Choosing The Right Design

By providing birds with the right bird house design, you are sure to attract the type of bird you want to your property. Different variety of birds will require different styles of shelter. Along with the proper shelter, also be sure to provide clean water and food. Giving birds shelter will keep them safe from the outside temperature. By building a safe haven the birds will be able to nest, and be safe from predators. Before you begin building, research the variety of birds known to migrate to your area. Be aware of the bird house size and location that will meet the birds need. Continue reading

Create a Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Garden – photo credit: koen_photos via photo pin cc Adding a butterfly garden to your backyard provides a welcome spot for butterflies to live and lay their eggs.  For us humans, it provides a peaceful and relaxing spot to enjoy their beauty. In order to attract butterflies to your garden, you have to make your yard more inviting to them.  You’ll need to provide plants that the caterpillars can use, food for the adult butterflies, and a good place for the butterflies to breed. Most varieties of butterflies will also need some sort of shelter from wind.  Although they really like open areas with a lot of sun, you’ll probably need to provide some sort of windbreak to protect them from high winds that can disturb them. Continue reading

Helping Birds Through The Winter: Feeding

The days are getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping. The leaves are changing colors and in the northern areas snow flakes have swirled in the air. Winter is coming and it is time to get serious about feeding the birds. Birds come to our feeders in the Spring, Summer and Autumn because they are convenient and have special treats. Birds come to our feeders in the winter because they need the food. Many sources of their food have gone dormant for the winter. You want to feed the birds but you need a bird feeder or another bird feeder. What kind of feeder do you buy? You need to answer a couple of questions. What type of birds winter in my area? What type of birds do I want to attract? Let’s look at the type of birdfeeders available and the birds they attract. Platform Feeders: The Platform Feeder will attract a large number of birds both large and small. This type of feeder will also give the most unobstructed view of the birds. The versatility of platform feeders is one reason they attract such a large variety of birds. A platform feeder can be placed on or near the ground, placed on a pole or hung from a tree. In fact, platform feeders can even be placed under another feeder to catch the falling seed. Among the birds you can attract with a platform feeder are cardinals, titmice, juncos, jays, towhees, chickadees, native sparrows, and doves. Continue reading
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