• Ant Moats,  Bird Accessories

    The anti-ant moat

    a different kind of ant moatMoat: a wide, deep ditch, usually filled with water, surrounding a fortress or mid-evil town.

    Yes, an ant moat is usually made to hold water, serving the purpose of keeping ants from reaching sugar water in nectar feeders for hummingbirds, orioles and butterflies. And if you feed hummingbirds the sweet, sticky solution, an ant moat is one of those necessary accessories to thwart pesky ants.

    This wooden ant moat however, is dubbed the “anti-ant moat” and works by a principle other than holding a body of water.  It has a deep grove on the underside which is filled with a sticky substance that sugar ants won’t cross. It really does work, and although designed for the Lantern Series of hummingbird feeders, will work for any hummingbird feeder that’s meant to hang.cool ant moat for lantern style hummingbird feeders

  • Bird Accessories,  Bird Feeder Pole

    ok, is it the bird feeder pole or the ground?

    this bird feeder pole has seen better daysIt doesn’t look so bad here, maybe the rivets on the baffle are starting to give, and the nice green luster is gone, but this bird feeder pole serves the purpose quite well. Holding a good-size hopper on top, and two hanging feeders, with enough room for weather guards too. It’s really a nice set up. The bottom of the pole even sits in an auger, that screws down into the ground about eight to ten inches. So what’s the problem?

    If you could see this bird feeder pole now, you’d laugh, or maybe think “what the heck?”. It now sports a heavy rope which is braced against three ground stakes… professionally tied and knotted by a former sailor! Now I was very excited to purchase a brand new shiny bird feeder pole, which I plan to install as soon as the weather warms up (along with thorough cleanings of all the feeders). I can only hope the triple-braced contraption holds up until then. Today I tightened the rope, and added a small bungee to keep it from slipping further down the pole.

    The ground is just overly saturated with water right now  🙁

    Besides all the Georgia rain, and snow we’ve had this winter, our leaf misters ran all summer at the top of the small bank. The ground was already wet before winter’s mess. So I’m thinking why did I buy the new pole? Maybe some cement would have been a wiser option.

  • Bird Accessories,  Bird Feeders,  Uncategorized,  Window Bird Feeder

    window bird feeders great for small spaces

    canopy window bird feeder adds simplistic charmLooking to attract feathered friends but don’t have much yard space? There are several proven options that will draw wild birds to the smallest of spaces.

    Water is an optimal choice, the smallest of birdbaths will entice birds…they love a consistent fresh water source. The bath need not be large or fancy either. Something as simple as a plant saucer on an upturned pot works quite well. Just keep the bath clean and the water fresh.

    Another great option is window bird feeders. Plenty of styles are available, from trays or platforms, tube styles and hoppers, like the one shown here. The Canopy Window Bird Feeder adds a bit of charm with its cedar roof and tray. The overhang helps keep seed fresh, while the tray provides perching space for birds. It will accommodate most seed mixes, attracting a wide variety of birds.

    Even in apartments, if you have a balcony, you can entice wild birds and bring yourself a bit close to nature!

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

    butterfly feeders and these!

    leaf mister near the butterfly feederIt may be a little difficult to spot in the photo, but to butterflies that gentle spray from the leaf mister is absolutely irresistible!

    Versatile for placement almost anywhere in the yard or garden, the rubber tubing is actually wrapped around a simple plant stake here. Our other mister extends over the railing of the front porch, coiled around a metal deck bracket.

    The butterfly feeders in this yard are mostly natural. Consisting of host plants, like milkweed, butterflies may feast on nectar from perennial flowers like lantana, trumpet vine, and native hibiscus. There is also a staked glass butterfly feeder, and sometimes we’ll add over-ripened fruit. Melons, bananas, oranges and strawberries are a few of their favorites. The thing with fruit is to be sure it does not mold, which can be tricky in hot and humid Georgia summers.  When the glass flower does not contain fruit, it’s easily moved near the leaf mister, and creates a small pool of water. This bath is frequented by the butterflies as well as hummingbirds and other songbirds. Glass butterfly feeder and bath

    If you’re not having such great success with butterfly feeders alone, definitely try a leaf mister. By creating an enticing butterfly habitat-you’ll be amazed at the bustling activity of these winged jewels!

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

    cool butterfly houses at the birding show

    Last week in Atlanta, the Merchandise Mart hosted its annual gift show, with a whole floor dedicated to backyard birding. Spending a whole day there just wasn’t enough, I felt like a kid in a candy store and wanted everything!

    Unfortunately, that’s far from possible, so the search was narrowed to very unique birding products, namely one, butterfly houses. Many of the standards were there, in cedar construction from small to large. A few recycled plastic (or poly lumber) butterfly houses were shown in some fab colors.

    This one caught my eye however, likely because of the mod curved entrances. The copper accents were nice too, so I inquired. Upon learning these butterfly houses are hand crafted in solid cypress, and included the tall mounting poll, I was pretty much hooked.

    At home I don’t have a butterfly house, but last summer there were tons of butterflies. Planting the host plant (milkweed) helped, but the leaf misters are what kept them around daily. Butterflies absolutely love the gentle spray from a leaf mister, whether they really use these houses or not…you can attract them with mist! By the way…Hummingbirds and others really love that mist during summer’s sweltering temperatures too!

  • Bat Houses,  Bats & Butterflies,  Bird Accessories,  Uncategorized

    Bat Houses for Natural Insect Control

    Colony Bat House with triple chamberA most interesting phone call came in the other day, concerning natural insect control. While the person was explaining the yard set-up and pond, you could tell they had researched and done their homework. It was really a pleasure to hear someone first-hand, on their admirable endeavor of natural pest control.

    Not only serving their own agenda, the two bat houses ordered were beauties. Shown here, it’s The Colony Bat House, complete with a triple chamber that will house a whole colony of bats and their offspring. Lots of little brown bats may be calling this roost home very soon!

    One birdhouse, and one purple martin house, in hopes of enticing these avid insect-eaters, were also added to their order, making the yard a very wildlife-friendly habitat. The pond is already there, serving as a water source. Mature trees and shrubs line the yard offering protection from predators and the elements. Numerous native plants adorn the area as well, providing food sources for feathered and furry friends. So, with food, water and shelter readily available, local wildlife should this yard very inviting. Can’t wait to see pictures of the new bat houses too!

  • Uncategorized

    OPERATION LION ARK: 24 Circus Lions-their new lease on life!

    OPERATION LION ARK:  ANIMAL DEFENDERS INTERNATIONAL PLANS MASSIVE AIRLIFT OF RESCUED CIRCUS LIONS FROM BOLIVIA TO COLORADO

    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 18, 2011 — Preparations are underway for what will be a historic and record-breaking animal rescue when 25 circus lions rescued by Animal Defenders International (ADI) are relocated from Bolivia to a new home in the U.S.

    The lions that lived their lives in tiny cages on the backs of trucks will be moving to a huge new habitat of 80 acres at The Wild Animal Sanctuary near Denver, Colorado, where construction is rapidly progressing on the new facilities which are being built by The Wild Animal Sanctuary and ADI.

    After observation, the animals will be released into huge enclosures with lakes and rolling grassland – not unlike their natural habitat.

    Jan Creamer, ADI President who is in Bolivia overseeing the rescue operation: “In the temporary ADI compound in Bolivia, the lions have more space than they ever had with the circus, and they have toys and bedding.  But the facilities are still small and basic, so we have to be focused on keeping them safe and secure, whilst building up their strength and health to be ready for the move to the U.S.

    “Their new lives will really begin there, so we just need to get them there and that is the real challenge.  These animals who for years knew only a small, cramped cage will have freedom to roam, run and play.”

    Pat Craig, Executive Director of The Wild Animal Sanctuary: “These Lions have endured incredible pain and hardship, but their new home will be a natural oasis where they can live freely in family prides the way nature intended.”

    Every day progress is being made on the state of the art facilities at Colorado in readiness for the arrival of the lions.

    Meanwhile, ADI are in contact with a number of airlines, freight companies and even the U.S. military, to secure an aircraft large enough to take all of the animals to America. It will be the biggest airlift of its kind ever.

    Jan Creamer:  “We’ve called this ‘Operation Lion Ark’ because we plan to move all 25 lions in one go.  This means that although they will be crated separately, we can move the entire families of lions together and minimize their time apart. It means that our veterinary team can oversee the lions throughout the flight. We also believe that this will be the safest and most efficient way to move the lions, but it is a huge undertaking.”

    ADI are completing paperwork necessary to move the lions, the animals have had all the vaccinations required, and workshops all over Santa Cruz are busy building the travel crates that will be used to move them.

    The lions were removed from circuses all over Bolivia in late 2010 by ADI working with the Bolivian authorities enforcing the ban on animal circuses in the country. ADI has launched a Save the Lions Appeal to raise funds for the incredible rescue mission and to help care for the animals for the rest of their lives. To learn more about helping to bring them home and to make a donation, please visit: www.savethelionsappeal.com or call (323) 935-2234.

    About The Wild Animal Sanctuary:

    Located near Keenesburg, Colorado, The Wild Animal Sanctuary is the oldest and largest nonprofit sanctuary in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to rescuing captive exotic and endangered large carnivores, providing them with a wonderful life for as long as they live, and educating about the tragic plight faced by an estimated 30,000 such animals in America today. Established by Executive Director Pat Craig the site comprises 320 acres northeast of the Denver Metro area, sheltering more than 200 lions, tigers, bears, leopards, mountain lions, wolves and other large carnivores. More information is available at www.wildanimalsanctuary.org.

    About Animal Defenders International:

    With offices in Los Angeles, London and Bogotá, Animal Defenders International campaigns to protect animals in entertainment; replacement of animals in experiments; worldwide traffic in endangered species; vegetarianism; factory farming; pollution and conservation. ADI also rescues animals in distress worldwide. ADI-gathered evidence has led to campaigns and legislative action all over the world to protect them.

    ADI’s Mission: To educate, create awareness, and promote the interest of humanity in the cause of justice, and the suppression of all forms of cruelty to animals wherever possible to alleviate suffering, and to conserve and protect animals and the environment.

    http://www.adiusa.org
    http://www.ad-international..org/adi_world/

  • Ant Moats,  Bird Book,  Bird Feeder Pole,  Bird Field Guides,  Bird Nesting Materials,  Bird Seed Trays,  Birding Accessories,  Misters and Birdbath Drippers,  Nesting Material,  Squirrel Baffle,  Water Wiggler,  Weather Guards

    squirrel baffle serves as weatherguard too

    squirelmbaffles double as weatherguards tooThe most effective way to foil squirrels and protect your feeders from their disruptive antics, is with a squirrel baffle. A quality baffle is a one-time investment that will save your birdseed and ultimately your money in the long run.

    The best part about using a hanging squirrel baffle is the versatility. Some folks even use them as weather guards alone (like me) to protect feeders from the elements. Most will serve as weather guards throughout the changing seasons. Keeping snow in winter, rain, and direct sun in sweltering summer heat, from ever reaching and spoiling the bird food. This will also save money by keeping food fresher longer. Not to mention, squirrel baffles also protecsquirrel baffle used as a weather guardt feathered friends at your feeder while dining.  Although this feeder hangs from a pole with a baffle in place, one is also used to protect the feeder. Check out that snow sitting on top!

    Planning and proper placement are two key factors when setting up new baffles. One must always remember squirrels’ uncanny acrobatic and athletic abilities! The little furry critters can jump sideways almost 10 feet. So, the horizontal “launching point” must be taken into consideration. Don’t hang the feeder near anything they might be able to jump from sideways. Vertically speaking, be sure the bottom of the feeder is at least five feet from ground level.

    All in all, a great investment for novice to advanced backyard birders. Sparing you much aggravation and headache should squirrels be a problem in the yard.

  • Uncategorized

    BOLIVIAN CIRCUS LIONS SEIZED From a Life of Misery

    ANIMAL DEFENDERS INTERNATIONAL SEIZES ALL BOLIVIAN CIRCUS LIONS AS COUNTRY SHUTS DOWN ANIMAL CIRCUS INDUSTRY FOR GOOD

    Seven-week old lion cubs born into misery will grow up free in the U.S.

    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12, 2011 — In a series of dramatic seizures all over Bolivia, Animal Defenders International (ADI), a leading animal protection group headquartered in Los Angeles, worked with the Bolivian authorities including the DGB and Santa Cruz Governor’s Office, to remove the animals from eight different circuses spread across Bolivia.  The moves were to enforce Bolivia’s Law 4040, which bans the use of animals in circuses and has effectively shut down the country’s animal circus industry – the first time a full ban and evacuation has happened anywhere in the world.

    With 24 lions now in their care, including three cubs and some that were extremely malnourished, ADI are nursing the animals back to full health before they can be airlifted and permanently re-homed in the U.S. later this month. Following what the ADI team calls ‘Operation Lion Ark,’ the group will carry out its pledge to continue supporting the lions’ care for the duration of their lives. In addition to the lion seizures, the team rescued six monkeys, a coati mundi, a deer and horse. After being seized, these animals were relocated in Bolivia or returned to the wild by the authorities.

    Rescued Lions

    One of three circus lion cubs born into a life of misery in a Bolivian traveling circus is rescued by Animal Defenders International. Most recently, 24 lions have been seized from traveling circuses, effectively shutting down animal circus in that country. The wide-eyed cub waits patiently along with the rest of the lions as funds are raised for ‘Operation Lion Ark,’ the largest airlift ever undertaken that will fly the lions to a U.S. Sanctuary next month. Donations are accepted at www.savethelionsappeal.com.

    The lions are currently being held in a temporary ADI compound near Santa Cruz on land generously donated to the project by Santa Cruz Mayor Percy Fernández, and are being cared for by an ADI team, including a full time veterinarian.

    ADI President Jan Creamer, who is overseeing the rescue operation in Bolivia said, “We must commend the Bolivian authorities for the decisive way that they enforced the ban on animal circuses.  Too often, worthy animal protection and conservation measures are passed but simply not enforced. That is not the case here. Bolivia has set a shining example to the world.

    “ADI fought long and hard to secure the ban on animal circuses and we said we would be there to help enforce it. We are grateful for the work of the DGB, police, Mayor’s office, Governor’s office, and of course Congress, which passed this unique and ground-breaking law,” she added.

    The ADI and DGB team traveled thousands of miles across Bolivia to the different circuses and despite being met by a hostile reception and attempts to conceal animals at some circuses, all of the animals were safely removed.

    In the final operation in December, seven lions including three tiny seven-week-old cubs were removed from a circus in Monteagudo. A week prior to the rescue, ADI filmed the cubs being used in the circus show and taken to local parks to be on display for crowds of photograph seekers.

    Creamer said, “They were born into misery, but they will grow up free. They will be the last animals to appear in a Bolivian circus show.”

    In the summer of 2010, ADI relocated the first Bolivian circus animals which were voluntarily handed over, including four lions and a baboon. The operation was a resounding success, but now the group faces the unprecedented and enormous task of caring for the 24 lions and relocating them from the Santa Cruz, Bolivia compound to a U.S. sanctuary. In the coming weeks, it is expected that one more lion will be collected, bringing the total for the ‘Operation Lion Ark’ airlift to 25.

    ‘Operation Lion Ark’ will be the biggest rescue and airlift of lions ever seen in the world.  ADI has launched a special ‘Save the Lions Appeal’ to raise funds for the rescue mission and to help care for the animals.

    To make a donation to help with the rescue effort, visit www.savethelionsappeal.com, or call (323) 935-2234.

    About Animal Defenders International:
    With offices in Los Angeles, London and Bogotá, Animal Defenders International campaigns to protect animals in entertainment; replacement of animals in experiments; worldwide traffic in endangered species; vegetarianism; factory farming; pollution and conservation. ADI also rescues animals in distress worldwide. ADI-gathered evidence has led to campaigns and legislative action all over the world to protect them.

    ADI’s Mission: To educate, create awareness, and promote the interest of humanity in the cause of justice, and the suppression of all forms of cruelty to animals wherever possible to alleviate suffering, and to conserve and protect animals and the environment.

    http://www.adiusa.org
    http://www.ad-international.org/adi_world/

  • Bird Accessories,  Bird Cam,  Bird Watching Camera,  Uncategorized

    Birdhouses featuring Bird Cams

    birdhouses with built-in bird cams

    Gone are the days of cumbersome and huge electronics.

    Innovations in just about every industry seem to move at the speed of sound themselves, and backyard birding is no exception. Bird Cams with crystal clear resolution are widely available, and have even come down to a reasonable price, making them affordable to most hobbyists.

    Some birdhouses are already equipped with bird cams, which makes the set-up process that much easier. The bird cameras are so tiny, they don’t hinder the nesting process at all.

    Imagine viewing live images of hatching chicks, and watching their progress on a daily basis? For children, this has got to be the one of best experiences of mother-nature – up close and very personal.

    The recycled plastic Bluebird house shown above features a built-in bird cam, plus additional features that make this residence superior…I want one!watch chicks hatch with bird cams

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