Sometimes a forgotten project, birdhouse kits are the perfect choice for school kids, youth groups, and families too. What better way to teach the importance of conservation and stewardship to the next generation? So many great lessons can be tied into birdhouse kit projects!
Innovative, fun to assemble, and totally functional, these wood birdhouse kits provide real nesting sites for wild birds. In the off-season, they make for perfect roosting spots too. Real estate is tough out there, and competition for nest sights is increasing as habitat continues to shrink. Non-native birds like House Sparrows and Starlings are to blame for much of this competition with our native song birds.
The “Box for Birds” comes in three great designs; traditional (shown here), Modern, which is a copy of the famous Frank Lloyd Wright House, and a church design too. They require no tools, or glue, and come with puzzle-like assembly instructions. The gist is sliding pieces of sturdy birch plywood that fit together in a snap! These substantial birdhouse kits may be painted, stained, or left natural. A fun project for kids and adults alike!
Please help house the birds 🙂
Animal activists urge eBay Classifieds to shut down live animal sales; take stand against animal cruelty
The San Jose, California-based eBay corporation is under fire from animal advocates upset by the sale of ‘puppy mill dogs’ on eBay Classifieds. Puppy mills are commercial breeders who mass-produce animals under inhumane conditions, resulting in heath and behavior problems that buyers often don’t discover until after they’ve taken their new pet home.
eBay does not allow animal listings on the company’s auction site, but such listings are still allowed and promoted on eBay Classifieds. Six months ago, Felissa Elfenbein of the Two Little Cavaliers blog urged animal lovers to contact the company, leading to a grassroots campaign on Change.org asking eBay to stop selling live animals on all of its sites. Half a year later more than 100,000 people have joined the petition drive.
“The dedication of the online community to protecting animals and pet owners is incredible,” said petition author Stephanie Feldstein. “With the widespread support of this Change.org petition, animal lovers all over the world have made it clear that they want to see eBay Classifieds end its live animal sales.”
Animal activists argue that it’s impossible for eBay to monitor the health or welfare of animals listed on its site, and believe the only way for the company to stop supporting animal cruelty is by shutting down its pet listings or expanding its partnership with Petfinder.com to allow adoption listings only.
The Change.org petition calls on eBay Classifieds to end its live animal listings out of concern that the site is providing a marketplace for puppy mills and unethical breeders to deceive consumers. Internet anonymity, like that provided by eBay, makes it difficult to hold the people responsible for these abuses accountable.
Although eBay Classifieds’ policy does not allow breeders with “a history of non-compliance inspections with the USDA” to list on their site, there is a loophole in federal law that allows kennels selling directly to consumers via online or classified ads to bypass USDA oversight. As a result, conscientious consumers are misled into believing that sellers on eBay Classifieds have been subject to inspections to ensure that their animals are treated humanely.
“eBay is putting pets and consumers at risk,” said Feldstein. “eBay listened to the community’s concerns when it did not allow animals to be part of their online auctions, but with eBay Classifieds, they’ve left the back door open for puppy mills and unethical breeders to find unsuspecting customers on their site.”
Several years ago, eBay considered the creation of a live animals auction category. Following protests from animal activists against allowing unscrupulous breeders on the site, eBay decided to maintain its policy against live animal listings. eBay Classifieds gives those same unethical breeders a marketplace.
In April, eBay amended its policy to prohibit the sale of pets on its Korean website, Auction.co.kr, stating that “eBay is committed to being socially responsible and we take the concerns of our global user community seriously.”
View live signature totals on the campaign asking eBay to stop selling live animals:
Article from the World Society for the Protection of Animals on new Auction.co.kr policy:
Change.org is the world’s fastest-growing platform for social change — growing by more than 400,000 new members a month, and empowering millions of people to start, join, and win campaigns for social change in their community, city and country.
If bird feeders are properly protected, you can feed the squirrels while keeping them out of birdseed effectively and permanently. Bird Feeder placement and baffles are the absolute answer. Even if you don’t have squirrel feeders, but do have pesky squirrels, baffles are still your answer!
Fun squirrel feeders like the traditional table and chair feeder shown here have now gone recycled. Poly lumber, or recycled plastic is guaranteed to never crack, split or fade. The quality is superb, making this one squirrel feeder that will last a lifetime.
And speaking of long-lasting, have you ever tried the squirrel logs instead of corn on the cob? They’re super cool because one Sweet Corn Log is equal to about twelve ears of dried corn. They’re actually compressed corn that’s easy to handle and feed. Less filling and more watching is always a good thing! Our guys love them, but you must be sure they are securely attached as our crafty critters have managed to steal them once in a while! Available in Sweet Corn, and Corn and Nut Flavors, the squirrel logs are definitely a must for your squirrel feeders.