Where should I hang my hummingbird feeders?

Posted by Nancy on 4/25/2018 to All About Bird Feeders
Where should I hang my hummingbird feeders?

We love talking about birds and helping others enjoy birds and birdwatching.  This is a question we are often asked by new wild bird enthusiasts.

Question:  Where should I hang my hummingbird feeders? 

How to Safely Pick Up Your Turtle

Posted by Nancy on 4/4/2018 to Turtles, Box Turtles and Tortoises
How to Safely Pick Up Your Turtle

 A youngster or inexperienced turtle person may drop the turtle possibly resulting in injury to the turtle. Therefore, I would like to offer these steps to handling your turtle safely.  First, be prepared for the turtle’s reaction.  

An Unusual Reason to Feed Wild Birds

Posted by Nancy on 3/27/2018 to Our Bird Trips

 I asked her why she had decided to start feeding birds.  She replied "guilt".  Now I have to admit that guilt was a new reason for feeding birds.

Horned Lizards -What a Defense!

Posted by Nancy on 3/20/2018 to All About Reptiles
 These lizards have some of the most fascinating ways of defending themselves. Dr. Wade Sherbrooke studies have found that these lizards use different types of defense depending on the predator. 

Finches- The True Vegans of the Bird World

Posted by Nancy on 3/13/2018 to Learn More About Birds

Now that you know about the seeds finches enjoy, I would like to offer you the opportunity to do more bird watching. Many of us spend needless time...

How to Feed a Leopard Tortoise

Posted by Nancy on 3/6/2018 to Turtles, Box Turtles and Tortoises
Adult Leopard Tortoise can range in size from 10-18 inches.  It sounds like your tortoise is not receiving the right nutrition to grow properly. Learn about proper nutrition for Leopard Tortoises.

One of Our Snowbirds, The White-crowned Sparrow

Posted by Tom on 2/27/2018 to Learn More About Birds
Since the White-crowned Sparrow prefers to feed on the ground along tree and shrub lines their favorite feeder in our yard is the platform bird feeder. A mixed seed seems to attract then however they have been know to be drawn to grains such as oats, wheat, barley, and corn.

Cryptic or Brilliant Snake Coloration – Which is Better?

Posted by Nancy on 2/20/2018 to All About Reptiles
If arboreal snakes like tree boas and tree vipers are supposed to use their coloring to blend into the background for survival why are there morphs with such vivid coloring?

How to Keep Narrow-mouthed Toads in Captivity

Posted by Nancy on 2/8/2018 to Reptile Care Sheets
I recently discovered Eastern Narrow-mouthed Toads near a pond by my house.  I am thinking about collecting some and then try to breed them.  Do you have any advice about this species?

Is Honey Really Bee Barf?

Posted by Nancy on 2/1/2018 to Nature Stories
Is honey really bee barf?  Learn if this is true in this blog.

Does Feeding Birds Make Them Dependent?

Posted by Tom on 1/31/2018 to All About Bird Feeders
We have often heard the comment "I don't feed birds because I travel and I don't want to make them dependent on our feeding."...For the longest time I really didn't have a good answer based on facts.  Now I do.  

My Box Turtle Won't Open His Eyes!

Posted by Nancy on 1/25/2018 to Turtles, Box Turtles and Tortoises

Question:  I have a male box turtle that is not opening his eyes.  When I look at him closely I can see a white discharge coming from the eyes.  Do you have any ideas what could be wrong?

Bird Watching For Your Health

Posted by Nancy on 1/23/2018 to Learn More About Birds

It’s a Robin!  Everyone has smiled when a robin has landed on a branch next to you and started singing.  This simple reaction can be the start of a lifelong hobby. Birdwatching or birding as it is often referred to can be as involved or as simple as you want it to be.

The Bat Opens A Diner

Posted by Nancy Hays on 1/17/2018 to Nature Stories

 Well, it seems that a Big Brown Bat had figured out how to turn on the light by flying across the sensor.  Once the light was turned on it attracted insects and dinner was served for this very clever bat. This got me interested in looking up more about bats.  One of the most interesting facts...

Phew - It Must Be a Javelina

Posted by Nancy on 7/6/2016 to Nature Stories
We stepped out our sliding glass door and could smell them.  The smell was distinctive.  It was a dirty, musky, really nasty, unpleasant smell.  If you have ever been in the southwest you know by now we are talking about Collared Peccaries or Javelina.

More About Bird Brains

Posted by Nancy on 6/22/2016 to Learn More About Birds
What is the most energy demanding system of a bird's brain?  Need another clue?  This system does not require blood to function properly.  One more clue, the cones and rods, which number in the millions....

How to Pick a Healthy Turtle

Posted by Nancy on 6/15/2016 to Turtles, Box Turtles and Tortoises
So, you've decided you want a pet turtle. Now you are looking at a selection of turtles and trying to decide which one is yours.  Choosing a healthy turtle will save you heartache and possibly money on a veterinarian bill.

Roadrunners - More Than a Cartoon Character

Posted by Nancy on 6/9/2016 to Fun Facts About Bird Species
What's faster than most humans, can kill a rattlesnake, can survive in a desert and hold a special place in Native American and Mexican beliefs and legends?  Did you guess Greater Roadrunner?

Broad-tailed Hummingbirds - Did You Know?

Posted by Nancy on 5/11/2016 to Fun Facts About Bird Species
The Broad-tailed Hummingbird was the first hummingbird I ever encountered.  I was in grade school and on vacation with my parents in Colorado.  When I saw it I thought that I was seeing a butterfly, but quickly noted the unusual flight pattern.  This encounter was one of many that lead to a career as an ornithologist. 

Ravens - What a high IQ

Posted by Nancy on 3/2/2016 to Fun Facts About Bird Species
 I would like to tell you about a Common Raven that out foxed my husband.........The raven hopped over to the pebble, picked it up and took off with it.  The raven dropped the pebble as it flew over Tom.  Final score Raven 1, Tom 0.

Let's Save That Snake! | Tom's Bird Feeders

Posted by Nancy on 2/24/2016 to All About Reptiles
Then he asked if we rescued snakes.  Of course we would, but what were we rescuing the snake from? ....This rescue turned out to be harder than we thought it would be.

February at the Bird Feeders

Posted by Nancy on 2/10/2016 to All About Bird Feeders
February is still deep winter in the northern United States and a time for maximum use of the bird feeders by winter residents and northern visitors.  In the south the sparrows and finches are still flocking to your feeders

Attracting Birds in January

Posted by Nancy on 1/20/2016 to All About Bird Feeders
January is a peak time in your bird feeding year.  Your bird feeders should be in full operation and you should be offering a number of different feeds.

Why a Radiated Tortoise

Posted by Nancy on 1/13/2016 to Turtles, Box Turtles and Tortoises
The Radiated Tortoise has the standard high domed carapace of all tortoises, but in the center of each plate there are beautiful yellow lines radiating out. This tortoise has smooth scutes and the star pattern is much more intricate and finely defined than that other star tortoises.

How Intelligent Are Birds?

Posted by Nancy on 1/6/2016 to Fun Facts About Bird Species
I always heard the expression "bird brain" and thought it was a derogatory comment.  How intelligent are birds?