• Bats & Butterflies,  Bird Accessories,  Butterfly Feeder,  Misters and Birdbath Drippers,  Uncategorized

    Glass Butterfly Feeders and More

    Staked Glass butterfly feeder or bathInnovative by design, with beauty to compliment any environment, these glass butterfly feeders work perfectly in any garden setting. With their rich hues, the large hand-blown glass  flowers make for a fun and interesting focal point. Add versatility to this…and they become more than just feeders.

    In our yard a red one sits just below a leaf mister, and as the water collects in the flower, it  creates the perfect bath –  not only for butterflies, but birds too! The unique shape allows for feeding nectar or fruit to butterflies as well. Over-ripened fruit like bananas, melon, peaches, pears and more can easily be placed in the flower. Add nectar to this glass flower with or without the use of a sponge.

    When attracting butterflies, several factors come into play. Landscape and the use of flowers is an important one. Nectar producing plants, and host plants will yield the best results when used in conjunction with one another.

    A water source is very helpful too, but butterflies do not use birdbaths. Puddlers are more suited for attracting these “flying flowStoneware butterfly feeder or puddlerers”. Puddlers are just what the name implies, pools of water, or puddles. They can range from small to large, plastic or stoneware, raised or at ground level. This puddler is handcrafted of weatherproof stoneware, so it stays in the garden year-round. It gives butterflies a place to dry in the sun (after bathing) with its’ smooth rock-like surface. Some puddlers may even be used as butterfly feeders, with spaces for offering fruit or nectar.

    Butterfly accessories that are versatile and interchangeable are always a sure bet as you can try different things to see what works best for attracting these little guys to your garden.

    leaf mister next to a butterfly feederA leaf mister in our yard sits in front of a glass butterfly feeder. Unfortunately from this angle, the feeder is hidden by shrubs. But it’s the perfect example of using a butterfly feeder as a bath instead.

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    Are Butterfly Houses for Aesthetics or Shelter?

    Etched Glass and Redwood Butterfly HouseSurprising to me, we had a wonderful butterfly season in the Atlanta area this year. I can’t recall a summer where so many had populated my yard. I know the two leaf misters were a huge attraction for them, along with some newly planted milkweed. Other flowers like lantana and abelia shrubs saw lots of action from these winged jewels too. There is no butterfly house in the yard, and I’ve always wondered whether or not butterflies really use them?

    Some butterfly houses are like detailed works of art for the garden, they enhance and add a nice focal point to the area. The butterfly house shown here is constructed of durable red cedar, and the etched glass panels that catch light beautifully. It’s available as a hanging, or post mount model too.

    But back to the question if butterflies really use butterfly houses or not?
    A bit of research reveals the answer here:

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    ADI Clarifies: 20 Bolivian Circus Tigers and Rehoming

    Following the publication of a recent press report entitled ‘Bolivia: Twenty circus lions looking for a home’, Animal Defenders International wishes to clarify the situation.

    Jan Creamer, ADI President said that there was speculation with regard to the fate of twenty circus lions looking for a home following the successful Bolivian circus ban, but that ADI’s position remained crystal clear.

    “We were deeply concerned to read a media report that suggested that proposals have been made to euthanize older animals that can’t be relocated, without consultation with animal rescue groups such as ADI,” Jan said.

    “ADI is totally opposed to any plans to kill circus animals before we have had a chance to look for homes for them.

    “On numerous occasions, ADI has promised the Bolivian government, in particular the  DGB, help with the relocation of animals from Bolivian circuses. We have offered to rehome the 20 lions that DGB has announced are to be relocated, but still await a response from them,” Jan said.

    Animal Defenders International has asked the Bolivian Government to work with them and provide a list of all the animals in Bolivian circuses that need to be rescued, so that the situation can be fully assessed and a comprehensive rescue plan implemented.

    Once species, ages and numbers are known ADI can look for suitable homes.. In the interim they have recommended to DGB that the circuses be required to continue to feed and keep the animals until they have all been assessed.

    The request comes after the successful rehoming of an 18 year old Hamadryras baboon to a sanctuary in Berkshire, UK in early September, and four lions to California, USA in May by ADI, who were instrumental in securing a ban on animals in circuses in Bolivia.

    These animals released by Circo Abuhabda were taken to Cochabamba as there was nowhere else for them to be kept. ADI were then given permission by the Mayor to build a temporary facility while the animals awaited export permits from the government, on the condition that when the animals were moved,  the facility be dismantled and the area returned to parkland.

    “Just like our previous successful rescues, ADI stands ready, willing and able to help and are waiting to meet with government officials to set the wheels in motion,” Jan said.

    “This is not a lack of resources issue for relocating animals from Bolivian circuses for ADI and we will ensure that we do all we can to facilitate further successful rescues.

    ADI would be pleased to hear from organizations willing to provide homes or help to relocate and retire every circus animal in Bolivia.

    Contact: Agnes Huff, Agnes Huff Communications Group
    Tel: (310) 641-2525, Cell: (310) 902-8131
    E-mail: ahuff@ahuffgroup.com
    Web site:  www.ahuffgroup.comAD

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    Recycled or Wooden Bat Houses?

    recycled bat houseThe (not so new anymore) wave of recycled plastics is still a wonderful thing as for as birding accessories. Durable, tough, handsome, and most come with guarantees against splitting, cracking or fading. Bat houses are now available in recycled plastics, and like all other products, guarantee a longer life…in fact…a lifetime of use.

    One of the advantages to this recycled bat house is the rich, dark color. Not only for aesthetic purposes, it retains heat from the sun to keep the chambers warmer on cold nights. It’s large enough to hold hundreds of the beneficial little brown bats, whole colonies if you will. Excellent for natural pest control, bats will consume whole populations of mosquitoes in one night.

    Wooden bat houses are still mainstream, and are available for smaller groupings and large colonies too. Bat House Kits are even available if you’re so inclined to build your own. Most wood bat houses are constructed of red cedar, also durable and very long lasting. If purchasing a bat house, your decision may be based on looks, size, and or price. A wide variety of bat houses are available, the key is proper placement. Approximately 15-20 feet from the ground is best, usually facing a southern or southeast exposure. They may be post or pole mounted with additional hardware, or simply attached to a tree. Some say they can be erected on structures as well, we would not recommend this.

    Help brown bats to thrive flourish in your yard by offering proper shelter and you’ll be rewarded with natural insect control for the season!

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    Save Malibu Lagoon Hosts Rally and March Saturday, October 2

    Malibu – September 27, 2010 – Save Malibu Lagoon: and the Wetlands Defense Fund will hold a rally and march from the Malibu Pier to the Malibu Lagoon, Saturday, October 2nd, at 1 pm.  Surfers, birdwatchers, animal lovers, environmentalists, schoolchildren, local residents and others concerned about the plan to dredge and poison the lagoon will be on hand to protest the plan that goes before the California Coastal Commission on October 13th in Oceanside.

    The plan calls for the three charming and well-maintained bridges on the main walk path to be ripped out and trashed. Birdwatchers will be deprived of up-close bird viewing opportunities, nature observers and schoolchildren will be unable to experience intimate environmental education moments and surfers will have to take a longer and less convenient route to the beach and the ocean waves.

    According to Wetlands Defense Fund’s Marcia Hanscom, the badly designed plan calls for bulldozers to arrive at the start of visitor season in June, 2011 to excavate and grade 88,700 cubic yards of mud and wetland habitat – killing or displacing most plants, fish and animals and removing shelter and food sources for those not otherwise harmed.   In addition, contractors will dewater (drain) the entire lagoon west of the creek channel to transform the site from a series of environmentally-friendly marshy islands into an area with a rock-defined, hard-edged channel and more watery area, but less land, which serves as home and food for the animals.

    Hanscom says the engineering firm of Moffat & Nichol drew up the plan after being directed to do so by a technical team which met with little public input.  “A private nonprofit organization called Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation is listed on the Coastal Commission staff report as the ‘agent,’ “ Hanscom says.  “It seems like millions in bond money are available to anyone who has good political connections and hatches an ill-informed scheme, even if it destroys a living ecosystem.”  She says those who are on record supporting the plan include Heal the Bay and the California State Parks Department.

    Wetlands Defense Fund, CLEAN (Coastal Law Enforcement Action Network), Access for All, surfers and residents who are opposed to noise, dust and damage to their animal neighbors are outraged.  Birdwatchers who have recently observed the resurgence of imperiled species are opposed to the plan.  Hanscom added that Glyphosate, a poison named in the proposed plan to kill non-native plants, has been opposed by stakeholders in the Topanga Watershed Council for many years.  For that reason, some of those are opposed to this plan, as well.

    The California Coastal Commission is scheduled to grant a permit for the proposed project at its October 13 hearing in Oceanside.   While under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was prepared, no EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) as required by federal law, was prepared even though a federally endangered species listed on the endangered species list will be harmed.

    “Many people have asked me why the State of California is funding such a massive project when the state budget is in such a disastrous state,” Hanscom says.  “As we understand it, the funds will come from State water and wildlife conservation bonds, and Proposition 50 bond money has been allocated in the amount of more than $1 million to manage, review and design this flawed plan.  A plan that does not conserve wildlife should not qualify for these bonds.”

    Those marching are urged to bring signs supporting the wildlife and the bridges to the beach public access.  For more information, visit www.savemalibulagoon.com, call 310-578-5888, and join Save Malibu Lagoon on Facebook and @saveourlagoon on Twitter.  To make a donation, visit http://ihcenter.org/groups/wdf.

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