All Toads Welcome: Benefits of Having Toads in Your Yard & How to Attract Them

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

All Toads Welcome: Benefits of Having Toads in Your Yard & How to Attract Them

Wednesday, June 16, 2021
In many stories, toads do one of two things: give you warts, or turn in to princes. In reality, they do neither of those things - though they are quite charming. Toads have been given a bad rap due to their bumpy or "warty" brown skin, and simply because many people don't know much ab…

The Greatest of Bird Dads

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The Greatest of Bird Dads

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Next week is Father's Day and we wanted to pay tribute to some of the amazing dads of the natural world.  The holiday is timely, as this time of year you can see many male birds tending to young. This can come in the form of aiding in nest building, feeding young once they are hatched and teach…

Living in Harmony with Squirrels: Feeding & Exclusion

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Living in Harmony with Squirrels: Feeding & Exclusion

Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Whether you love them or aren't really a fan of them, the fact is, squirrels are here to stay. And if you feed birds in your backyard, you're inevitably offering food to squirrels as well. To live in harmony with our bushy-tailed friends, we have a couple of options: feed them or exclude th…

Habitat Creators: How Pileated Woodpeckers Carve the Way for Other Species

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Habitat Creators: How Pileated Woodpeckers Carve the Way for Other Species

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Pileated Woodpeckers are widely recognized as one of the largest forest birds in all of North America. They are quite loud, heard before seen with their whinnying calls and rolling drumming. As incredible as Pileated woodpeckers are to observe, they also play key roles in the ecosystems that they o…

The Dos & Don'ts of Hummingbird Feeding

Thursday, May 20, 2021

The Dos & Don'ts of Hummingbird Feeding

Thursday, May 20, 2021
It's the most wonderful time of the year! No, I'm not talking about the holidays.. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are back! Time to dust off the feeders and stock up on sugar to prepare for this long-awaited season. But there is more to hummingbird feeding than just mixing some sugar and water …

The Bird Nerd Dictionary

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The Bird Nerd Dictionary

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Have you ever asked someone for help identifying a bird or a behaviour you saw one exhibit and suddenly feel like you've slipped into an underground world? They are talking about wing bands and mobbing behaviour, bushwhacking and butter butts! What is going on? There is urban slang, and then th…

5 Tips for Better Backyard Bird Photography

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

5 Tips for Better Backyard Bird Photography

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Spring migrants are returning daily and are busily preparing for nesting season. This wave of new species combined with the budding leaves and colourful flowers of springtime, make for some pretty picturesque scenes that we would often like to capture and share with the world. We all know that the …

Spring Arrivals, May Edition: Your Timeline for Returning Species

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Spring Arrivals, May Edition: Your Timeline for Returning Species

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
As promised, we are back with a May version of Spring Arrivals: Your Timeline for Returning Species. I sincerely hope you have already been enjoying all the migrants that have already arrived back in the region. There are many more on their way as migration ramps up for the first couple weeks of Ma…

Sick Birds at Feeders

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Sick Birds at Feeders

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Bird feeding certainly brings us joy and can be of great benefit to the birds who visit our feeders, but with the good can come the bad & the ugly - and a sick bird at your feeders is most definitely the latter. In this blog we will touch on common illnesses seen in backyard birds, signs to wat…