Mimicry in Wild Animals – Hiding in Plain Sight

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Mimicry in Wild Animals – Hiding in Plain Sight

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Wild animals can be absolute masters of disguise. Mimicry is a form of adaptation that helps many animals avoid predation and live longer. Have you ever been told to “fake it til you make it?” – These animals have this skill down pat. By mimicking large, poisonous or venomous animals, some wild sp…

6 Ways to Enhance Your Backyard Birding Experience

Thursday, August 15, 2019

6 Ways to Enhance Your Backyard Birding Experience

Thursday, August 15, 2019
Whether you're new to backyard bird feeding or a seasoned birder, sometimes you may find yourself disinterested in the same old birds that visit your feeders. While attracting new species is always a sure-fire way to stir up some excitement, there are many ways to see those loyal regulars in a…

Monarch Butterflies: Flowers that Fly

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Monarch Butterflies: Flowers that Fly

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Every spring, Monarch butterflies leave their overwintering grounds in Mexico to make their way north to the United States and Canada, a journey totalling over 4,000 km. It takes several months and two to three generations for them to find their way. Each year, we marvel at the sight of them. There …

Love at First Bite: Attracting Birds with Bark Butter

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Love at First Bite: Attracting Birds with Bark Butter

Wednesday, July 31, 2019
What is Bark Butter?
Jim's Birdacious Bark Butter is a highly nutritious, palatable, and spreadable suet created by Wild Birds Unlimited founder, Jim Carpenter, with the intention of attracting the shy Brown Creeper to his yard. Jim spent years perfecting his recipe, ultimately coming up with t…

Birds as Builders: Nest Variations

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Birds as Builders: Nest Variations

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Birds can be quite amazing builders. Much like humans, some of them are more skilled than others in nest construction. Nests can appear as messy piles of material or intricate cup nests that were carefully weaved, depending on the bird.
We are going to picture some of the common nest types and whi…

Return of the Wild Child: Re-Connecting Children (and ourselves) With Nature

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Return of the Wild Child: Re-Connecting Children (and ourselves) With Nature

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Two hours. That's the amount of time the average adult Canadian spends outdoors each week. A survey recently conducted by Coleman Canada, found that 64% of adults surveyed spend two hours or less outdoors each week, with 30% stating that they spend less than 30 minutes outdoors each week. That&…

Birds Eggs: The Biology of the Beauty

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Birds Eggs: The Biology of the Beauty

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Grackles Need Love, Too

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Grackles Need Love, Too

Wednesday, July 3, 2019
No, this is not a satire piece. This is an honest and true proclamation of my love for one of North America's most hated feeder birds, the Common Grackle. When you type 'Common Grackle' in to a search engine, you're met with hundreds of questions and articles similar to "getti…