Yes, Roland is turning 100, and it seems he likes window bird feeders. A gift from five women friends – now I’m thinking this guy must be cool! They say he loves to sit and watch his birds.
For seniors, a great gift idea indeed! Do they really need more stuff to clutter their spaces? Or more clothes just to sit around the house? Bird watching keeps the mind active, and the interaction with nature has an amazingly positive effect on whatever ails the mind. More and more senior centers and assisted living residences realize this fact and have started using bird feeders to enhance the lives of their residents.
Happy 100th Roland…and many more!
Environmental non-profit seeks to honor youth activists & environmentalists
(San Francisco, January 28, 2010) — Action For Nature, a San-Francisco-based non-profit, is now taking applications for the 2010 International Young Eco-Hero Awards, which honor youth ages 8 to 16 for their outstanding accomplishments in environmental advocacy, environmental health, research and protection of the natural world.
Award recipients will receive up to $500 cash, an award certificate, and other forms of recognition. The application deadline is February 28, 2010.
Action For Nature’s mission is to encourage young people to take personal action to nurture and protect a healthy environment on which all life depends. Now in its eighth year of the International Young Eco-Hero Awards, the organization has honored 90 young people from 13 countries and 24 states in America..
Previous award winners have continued to receive other prestigious leadership, environmental and science awards, such as the Brower Youth and Intel Science awards. They’ve also taken part in local, national and international media interviews.
Alec Loorz, a 2008 award winner, has continued to educate youth and adults about global warming and has spoken to more than 20,000 people. Alec, who is now 15, is the youngest member of Al Gore’s speaking panel, and was recently asked to assist with a presentation before the U.S. Senate.
Former award winner Otana Jakpor, 16, researched air purifiers and ozone emissions and successfully advocated for change in California. Her findings resulted in the first-ever state regulation of ozone-generators. She has since been honored by the Environmental Protection Agency and has become an official spokesperson for the American Lung Association. She has also had her work published by several science journals.
For more information about the International Young Eco-Hero Awards, as well as to view the guidelines and application forms, visit www.actionfornature.org.
Guidelines and applications are available at:
Please help spread word of this award opportunity by sending this press release to friends, family and organizations you know, and/or publishing this announcement in your listservs or publications..
Additional information available upon request.
Contact: Lauren LaPage, 415-513-2421
When we feed birds it’s almost a catch 22 situation as far as their health in a natural setting. We attract many birds locally, populating our yards in an almost unnatural setting. It is our responsibility then, as backyard birders, to be concerned for the health and welfare of our feathered friends.
For example, if you have a bird bath and allow the water to stagnate and become nasty, are you doing the birds any favors? Of course not! Baths must be maintained with fresh water to be of use to birds. Same goes with feeders. If the seed becomes moldy or rancid, birds won’t eat it. They’ll stop visiting your feeders (there’s even a scientific name for this phenomenon too). When spilled seed is allowed to sit on the ground, it too becomes moldy. Capable of spreading mold spores, this is one way respiratory problems arise in wild birds. They then share the same feeders and diseases are spread rapidly. This is why feeders need to be cleaned with a 10% bleach solution, preferably scrubbed, and then rinsed well at least twice a month. The newer recycled feeders with non-porous surfaces are easier to clean than wood, and less likely to absorb contaminates and germs.
Using bird seed catchers is an obvious strategy for ground waste. They’re available in hanging, pole, or post-mount models, fitting virtually any type of bird feeder. The SeedHoop shown above is a large 30-inch diameter tray, that adjusts to any feeder. The tray actually serves as a platform to offer birds additional feeding space. Use Bird Seed Catchers to eliminate ground waste and unsightly weeds…for the health and well being of your birds.
Ground mess – spilled seed not only looks unsightly, it creates weeds…yuk!
Disease – When wasted seed sits on the ground, it also becomes moldy and nasty. Hungry ground feeding birds like sparrows and others will forage through nasty seeds. This makes them ill with respiratory problems and diseases are spread quickly among the bird population in your yard. Seed trays prevent the spilled seed from reaching the ground in the first place.
You can attract different species and actually see more birds as many seed trays also act as a platform, allowing additional feeding space. Birds who never perch at your feeder may likely drop by and land on the platform for a snack. So seed trays can also act as a whole new feeder below your existing hopper or tube style bird feeder.
Whether it’s a hanging, or pole-mounted feeder, seed trays are available to fit it. The SeedHoop pictured above is an adjustable seed tray that works with any tube feeder. It’s also available with in a 30-inch diameter for larger bird feeders. By saving wasted seed, you’ll save money too in the long run
Offer your feathered friends more space to feed…
Invite new birds who may not even perch at your feeder with a seed tray. They’re excellent for eliminating ground mess, while saving your birdseed and money. Any type of food, from suet and seed, to mealworms and fruit treats may be fed on this type of platform.
This recycled seed tray is made from poly lumber, and is guaranteed to never crack, split, or fade. The innovative design allows you to place it below a hopper style, or other bird feeder that’s mounted on a 4×4 post. Removable trays make it simple to clean this great seed tray.
Recycled plastics help to keep containers and milk jugs out of landfills, and they’re less likely to aid in the spread of diseases as they are non-porous. This makes them easy to clean too.
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ESCALATES ASSAULT ON WILD HORSES: 2,000+ MORE MUSTANGS TARGETED IN NEVADA
Ignoring public outrage, government hits milestone: number of wild horses in BLM warehouses exceeds those left on the range
Eastern Nevada (January 19, 2010) – Ignoring growing public outrage over the unnecessary mass roundups of wild horses, the Obama Administration has announced its next victims: 2,000 mustangs living in two herd management complexes in eastern Nevada. According to In Defense of Animals (IDA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s newest assault, when combined with the ongoing roundup of horses living in the Calico Mountain Complex in northwestern Nevada, will eliminate nearly 4,500 horses, or a quarter of the state’s estimated wild horse population.
The BLM recently announced that it is taking public comments on the next targets for capture and removal:
- 550 horses living in and near the Eagle Herd Management Area (HMA) in eastern Lincoln County (50 miles southeast of Ely), beginning mid-February and leaving only 100 horses in the 625,000 acre public lands complex; and
- 1,506 mustangs living in the Antelope Complex (east/southeast of Elko), leaving just 471 horses behind on more 1.3 million acres in a roundup scheduled for late summer/early fall.
“President Obama may go down in history for presiding over a deadly milestone for these living legends,” said William J. Spriggs of Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney, which filed a pro bono lawsuit to stop the Calico roundup on behalf of IDA, ecologist Craig Downer and popular author Terri Farley. The case is ongoing in federal court.
“Under his watch, the number of wild horses stockpiled in government holding facilities has surpassed the number of mustangs left free and wild on the range. By reducing the number of horses to dangerously low numbers, the Obama Administration is placing the viability of these historic and unique herds at great risk,” Mr. Spriggs concluded.
Since December 28, the BLM has captured nearly 1,000 horses in the Calico Mountain Complex killing at least seven of them. That roundup proceeded despite a December 23, 2009 ruling by federal court Judge Paul Friedman questioning the legality of the BLM’s long-term holding facilities and suggesting that the BLM postpone the Calico roundup.
More information on the Eagle roundup is here. Follow news of the Calico roundup and other important wild horse news on IDA’s blog and get updates on Twitter
Wild Horse Facts:
· The Obama Administration plans to remove 12,000 mustangs from their Western ranges in FY 2010. Most of these horses will end up in government holding facilities.
· The number of wild horses in government holding facilities (35,000) now exceeds those left in the wild (33,000 by BLM estimates).
· The wild horse population today is smaller than in 1974 when the BLM conducted its first census after Congress protected the horses due to their dwindling numbers.
· Wild horses comprise a minute fraction (0.5 percent) of grazing animals on public lands, where they are outnumbered by cattle at least 200 to 1.
· The BLM manages more than 256 million acres of public lands. Cattle grazing is allowed on 160 million acres, while wild horses are restricted to 26.6 million acres of land that is shared with cattle.
· Since 1971 when Congress protected wild horses as “living symbols of freedom” and important parts of our national heritage, the BLM has removed over 200,000 horses from the range and taken away 20 million acres of wild horse habitat.
· The BLM frequently increases livestock grazing allotments after removing wild horses. Horses are also displaced for the benefit of other commercial users of public lands, including mining, oil/gas and other extractive industries.
- The Obama Administration proposes to spend up to 500 million tax dollars to purchase private lands in the Midwest and East to warehouse wild horses removed from public lands (which the taxpayers already own) in the West. In response to IDA’s lawsuit, U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman ruled that these holding facilities are likely illegal.
- The mustang has spent hundreds of years acclimating to the arid, rocky terrain of the west and their presence on that landscape is part of our national heritage. Not only are they ill-suited to the wet, lush Midwestern climate but their absence from the west is an affront to our cultural history.
In Defense of Animals is an international animal protection organization located in San Rafael, Calif. dedicated to protecting animals’ rights, welfare, and habitat through education, outreach, and our hands-on rescue facilities in Mumbai, India, Cameroon, Africa, and rural Mississippi.
At home a handy bird book sits on the breakfast room table along with a small pair of binoculars. When time permits, which seems scare, or when the occasional rare bird visits the yard, I’ll pick up the field guide to try and identify the new species.
This week however, unexpected travels took me to a hospital that sits across the street from the bay in South Jersey. On one of many breaks from the Intensive care Room, I walked down to the bay to watch the birds-mostly sea gulls. Living in Georgia for the past 25 years or so, I don’t get to see the shore birds anymore, except for the annual beach vacation after Labor Day. Bird Field Guides would have allowed me to identify the different species of shore birds I was witnessing this sunny day. It would have likely taken my mind off of the sad situation at hand as well.
Today I was supposed to write about the term bird book. But instead I sit in the intensive care unit at Shore Memorial Hospital one block from the bay in South Jersey. I did notice some rather large sea gulls early this morning by the marina.
My mother is not doing so well, she’s had a heart attack, and when they went to move her to do the stent, they discovered pneumonia had set in along with a blood infection. So now it’s complicated as she’s on a ventilator to breathe easier. This person doesn’t look like my mother, who walked into the hospital just last week with all her faculties about her, of sound mind, now in an induced coma.
Getting immediate help is crucial if we are to save thousands from certain death
Houston, TX, January 16, 2010 – Frank McKinney and his non-profit organization CHPF are so much more than just a charity providing homes for the people of Haiti – they offer hope and the means to become self-sustaining, thus allowing the people to retain their dignity. Well-known for creating multi-million dollar real-estate masterpieces, McKinney also ‘gives back’ by making generous donations to this worthy cause from the sale of these mansions.
Since all non-military flights were being denied access into Port-au-Prince, McKinney and his team of doctors, paramedics, firefighters and other team members specifically trained in search, rescue and extraction techniques, never gave up until they received clearance to land, becoming the first American Emergency Relief Team to arrive on the scene. They immediately set up their site operations relief camp and have been working diligently since their arrival last night, joining in with fifteen other countries and international teams in an organized relief effort.
Since speed is of the essence if lives are to be saved in the critical search and rescue window of opportunity, McKinney and his team will work towards obtaining whatever supplies are needed but they cannot do this alone – they desperately need your help in order to get these people on their feet, their lives restored, and their villages rebuilt.
McKinney has provided a list of the most necessary items needed to aid the victims. These are:
1) Search, rescue and extraction equipment
2) Medical and triage supplies
3) Food, water and blankets
4) Communications (phone/video)
McKinney and his team are appealing to Americans and their inherent generosity to give whatever they can to help the poor people of Haiti whose homes and entire lives have been wiped out! Please go to http://www.frank-mckinney.com/donate.aspx for information on donating, or call 1- 561-722-3950. Any amount, no matter how small, will be greatly appreciated in this mammoth effort to save the lives of survivors of this catastrophe.
Protect bird feeders from squirrels and rain in high style with attractive squirrel baffles. No longer are they required to be industrial-like hunks of metal. With graceful shapes, some now have detailed touches that actually make them pretty!
The baffle shown here, is an extra large 20-inch model by Parasol. It has an etched design of natural images like twigs and flowers. Because it’s done in powder coated metal, it will last for years of use and enjoyment. Keeping feeders free from squirrels and the damage they do, it also shields the feeder’s ports from rain or extreme sun.