why many a glass bird feeder aren’t glass at all
Take one classic bird feeder, craft it in solid copper, and add a circular perch… viola! You get the “Classic Copper Perch”. Yesterday a customer had inquired if the tube was glass, and to be honest, I had to open the box and inspect the feeder for the correct answer. It was not a glass bird feeder in fact, but a very thick poly-carbonate, or resin tube.
Now these feeders are considered higher end, and the person seemed a bit disappointed that it was “plastic”. And me too… until I started thinking about it.
Gone are the days of cheap plastics which yellow over time (except on cheap feeders). Very few feeders and houses use real glass, for a myriad of reasons: First and foremost is breakage. Be it pesky squirrels, or even a butter fingers accident, should a glass bird feeder fall on concrete – it’s likely a gonner 🙁 Second: on birdhouses, glass would create an oven-like atmosphere during the heat of summer, making it too hot inside for nestlings. We feature an artist who does a wonderful fused glass birdhouse in vibrant colors, but the glass is actually fused to a real wooden nest box with proper ventilation.
Glass bird feeders like those crafted by Parasol are mostly for hummingbirds, and the hand-blown glass seems thicker and stronger than manufactured clear glass. Same for ceramics and stoneware, it seems more durable and stronger than mass-manufactured glass.
Whatever the material of your bird feeders may be, keeping them clean is important to birds’ health. And always take precaution against Houdini squirrels… they’re brutal!
THE NEW SOLUTION FOR “KITTEN SEASON”: THE BIG MEOW!
Very Cool… Wish More Cities Offered This!SEAACA & Pet-Connections Offer Exciting No-Cost Spay & Neuter Programs for Indoor-Outdoor Cats to Help Curtail Cat Overpopulation During the Spring Kitten Season
(LOS ANGELES, CA) January 5, 2012 – SEAACA (Southeast Area Animal Control Authority;www.SEAACA.org) and Pet-Connections, Inc. (www.Pet-Connections.org) are helping cat owners who live in the 14 cities served by SEAACA with the BIG MEOW, a program to provide no-cost spay and neuter services for owned free-roaming cats.
The kitten birthing season, which occurs from spring through fall, can overwhelm animal shelters and pet owners. Thousands of homeless kittens born during this protracted season can pose significant community and health concerns. The birthing period occurs during warmer weather months because that is when female cats breed. With preventive measures, such as the BIG MEOW, pet owners can help control the number of unwanted kittens and cats. Now is a great time to participate in this important program before your pet becomes pregnant. An un-spayed female cat, her mate and all of their offspring, producing two litters per year can result in thousands of cats.
The year’s BIG MEOW program features a variety of services for owned free-roaming cats at absolutely no cost to cat owners. Services include spay or neuter, microchip ID (so cats have permanent ID in addition to a collar), vaccines (FVRCP and rabies), one month application of flea and tick control and basic health care at the time of surgery.
“As we enter the ‘Kitten Season’, altering your owned cat helps reduce cat overpopulation and improves the health of your pet,” stresses Dan Morrison, Executive Director of SEAACA. “We believe the BIG MEOW will make a positive impact on our community and its pets.”
In order to participate in the BIG MEOW, cats must be four months to seven years of age. Only owned free-roaming cats are eligible (no feral or wild cats will be accepted). Additionally, cat owners must provide proof of residency in SEAACA service cities and each cat must be in a properly secured kennel or carrier.
To make an appointment and participate in this no-cost program-call the appointment line at 562-803-3301 ext. 251.
For more information about the BIG MEOW or SEAACA, please visit www.seaaca.org..
SEAACA (Southeast Area Animal Control Authority) provides animal care and control services for 14 cities in southeast Los Angeles County and northern Orange County, including Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Buena Park, Downey, Lakewood, La Palma, Montebello, Norwalk, Paramount, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, South Gate and Vernon. SEAACA’s Animal Care Center located in Downey reunites pet owners with lost pets and assists new pet owners with pet adoptions. SEAACA’s Animal Wellness Clinic, also located in Downey, spays and neuters all adoption animals plus provides vaccinations and micro chipping to the general public.
Pet Connections Inc. is a national organization dedicated to developing coalitions between companion animals, individuals and the community to foster humane treatments of pets with mutual benefits to all concerned. The mission of Pet Connections, Inc. is to bring pets, people and communities together to end animal homelessness through our programs, which include The Pet Transport Program, The Big Meow, The Rescue Registry and Pet Corps Communities.
Received a hummingbird feeder for Christmas? Two words: ant moat
The tiny sprites are mesmerizing, you could sit and watch their antics for hours if time allowed! Definitely one of the most endeared birds, hummingbirds are in a class of their own. A magical experience to have them around your place during the season.
What’s not so magical is the fact that ants love sugar water too. (Yes, nectar is simply sugar water you can easily make yourself- recipe link at the end). Without fail, pesky ants will find a way to invade the sweet, sticky nectar, and when they do, hummingbirds won’t drink the solution. So you end up with wasted nectar and a bunch of ants, some dead, some still alive. They’re dead because they can’t swim… silly ants!
That’s why ant moats are so perfect with these feeders. Placed above the hummingbird feeder, the ant moat holds water, and ants can’t cross the water successfully. The ant moat usually has a double-end hook, so the feeder hangs directly from it. The top hook on the ant moat is basically the main hanger. It’s a one-time investment, and very reasonable considering the results. You’ll save nectar, save money, and your hummingbirds will be happy too!
Oh yeah… and the really simple nectar recipe can be found here.