Nocturnal Enchanters: All About Luna Moths

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Nocturnal Enchanters: All About Luna Moths

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
The word 'moth' doesn't always conjure the same feelings or thoughts as the word 'butterfly'. Moths are typically thought of as dull creatures, living in the darkness and flying into porch lights repeatedly, whereas butterflies are thought of as beautiful, elegant, and delicate …

How Do Birds Find Feeders?

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

How Do Birds Find Feeders?

Wednesday, July 21, 2021
How do birds find feeders? This is a question I hear a lot. Many people believe it is by scent or smell, but most birds do not have an overly developed sense of smell. Myth buster: they will not abandon their young if you touch them, because it is unlikely that they will sense or smell that you did…

What to Do if You Find a Dead Bird in Your Yard

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

What to Do if You Find a Dead Bird in Your Yard

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Backyard bird feeding is an exciting hobby that comes with great rewards for both us and the birds, but also comes with the occasional upsetting sight - dead birds. This is, unfortunately, an inevitable part of the normally joyful bird-watching hobby. No one likes to find dead birds in their yard, …

Butterflies are Ravishing.. and Raunchy

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Butterflies are Ravishing.. and Raunchy

Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Butterflies entrance us all. They are delightfully delicate and beautiful, as they flit through the air, landing on flowers that only accentuate their elegance. Here's the kicker.. have you ever seen a butterfly land on something.. not so beautiful? The phrase "blood, sweat and tears"…

How Birds Beat the Heat

Thursday, July 1, 2021

How Birds Beat the Heat

Thursday, July 1, 2021
Summer is officially here, and the temperatures are soaring. To help us beat the heat, humans have the biological ability to sweat, which helps cool the blood beneath our skin. Most of us are also able to retreat to the cool safety of our homes where we have fans and air conditioning units. Birds, …

Coexisting with Cottontails

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Coexisting with Cottontails

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
If you reside in Southern Ontario, you are more likely than not familiar with Eastern Cottontails. We call them all sorts of things: rabbits, bunnies, cottontails. Eastern Cottontail is their formal species name. I thought I would explore some tips and tricks for coexisting with cottontails. Most o…

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…