If you love watching birds and want to help ensure their survival, you may want to become a citizen researcher. Backyard enthusiasts can help study nesting birds by signing up for NestWatch, a program of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Feel good about planting hollies. Not only do they provide great winter color, they help sustain birds and wildlife. Folklore has it that they’ll even ward off evil spirits, which is always helpful at the holidays or any time.
Get your bird feeders filled! Our feathered pals need a boost in cold weather. Here are a few tips from Audubon about feeders and seeds, and a peanut butter pudding recipe that’s an easy DIY for making bird glop.
Lady Bird Johnson’s legacy lives on, with a state full of wildflowers and a center that can help you pick the right native plants for your home landscape. Want to help bees and butterflies? The LBJ Wildflower Center makes it easy.
Are you weary of mowing, weeding and fertilizing that yawning stretch of lawn? Consider installing a patch of native prairie. A Pocket Prairie can reduce your thirsty conventional turf, replacing it with native grasses and flowers. You’ll be feeding butterflies and birds, and cut down your grass mowing obligations, perhaps to zero.
There are many ways to celebrate Mother’s Day. Cut flowers, breakfast in bed, brunch at her favorite restaurant, a chick flick night. All these fit the day — and you can even take your mom along!
Birds may have been more greatly and immediately affected by the Fukushima disaster than even scientists anticipated, according to research by a team of scientists comparing effects in Japan with that of the Chernobyl nuclear accident of 25 years ago.
Their findings, that the bird community within 15-30 miles of the Fukushima nuclear complex has been greatly diminished by the nuclear accident of March 2011, were published this week in Environmental Pollution.
The heartbreaking photos and video, many released yesterday when it was discovered that a famous rookery on Grand Isle had been inundated with oil, leave no doubt that this latest human accident will suffocate life wherever it lands and beyond. It will asphyxiate birds with a coating of oil, and orphan offspring left behind in the nests.