If you’re in the Atlanta area, you may want to check out a new nature trail opening this Saturday on Briarcliff Road. Complete with family activities, the highlight (we think) happens to be a butterfly release.
It’s not some cheesy release of a bunch of live butterflies either. Each family will have the opportunity to see the chrysalis which has been stored in a dormant state. Ready to emerge from their cocoons, the butterflies will be released throughout the 3-hour event to a newly designed habitat created just for them.
With nectar plants in place, (host plants to come in fall) butterfly feeders and fruit offerings, it should prove interesting to see where the winged wonders are attracted first?
And why would we want to mention this event? First, because it sounds pretty cool… for young and old alike! It’s absolutely free, and because some of the habitats’ features came from thebirdhousechick! Short pedestal bird baths are being used for plates offering over-ripe fruit, along with some staked glass butterfly feeders for nectar, both hand made in the USA.
It’s a family day of free fun and learning…
check out the details below!
Except of course with raccoons – then nothing edible left outdoors will last!
Rocky and masked friends partake in a buffet of deer corn on a cold night, on a warm night, a rainy night… doesn’t matter. Once discovered, if there’s food they will come.
Since we moved from this place, there’s only a couple of corn cob squirrel feeders in the yard. The bungee cord is probably the most entertaining too, there’s a bell on it, so you know when the squirrels are jumping. This is a great feature should you ever need a few laughs 🙂
Using something called squirrel logs on these feeders is ideal if you’re not too keen on putting corn cobs out daily. The logs are actually compressed corn, and each is equal to about twelve ears of regular corn cobs. There’s even two flavors to satisfy your furry friends!
The logs usually last one week to 10 days, depending on activity. Smearing some peanut butter on them during frigid weather provides a killer treat that helps squirrels stay warm. But back to Rocky and friends… the logs are gone the next morning! For a while, we thought our crafty critters were just stealing them, until we discovered their larger, more destructive cousins were wolfing them down in one sitting!
In the scheme of things, maybe the coons aren’t so bad, they’re certainly preferable to bears! Several recent stories about bears raiding bird feeders is scary stuff! Guess there comes a time when it’s beneficial to both humans and nature to cease feeding everything wild… at least for a little while?
July can be a scorcher for wildlife, especially with recent droughts and above-average temperatures. Natural water sources like puddles, creeks and shallow pools all but disappear during summer heat. Adding fresh water to the garden may prove to be a life saver for birds and other animals whose habitat continues to shrink. Something as simple as a plant saucer filled with water will see winged visitors happily partaking in the essential life source.
Adding bath accessories like leaf misters, water wigglers, or this solar bubbler can bring a pedestal or hanging bird bath to life! Circulating water stays fresher longer and acts as a magnet for birds! They’re totally attracted by the visual of moving water, and the soothing sounds can be a welcomed addition to human ears as well.
No need for the whole set-up either, these battery or solar powered accessories are a la carte! Some even operate from the outdoor spigot. Add them to your existing bath for a whole new dimension in birding. Hummingbirds are especially fond of birdbath fountains, while butterflies covet the gentle spray of leaf misters. Songbirds around our place actually sit and wait for the drppers to start each morning, it’s looks like a bird spa!
Consider one of many “moving water” accessories this summer and see which new visitors show up at your place. Especially during spring and fall migrations, you may be quite surprised!