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!

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.

Raccoon - Lovable Masked Bandits

Posted by Nancy on 2/17/2016 to Nature Stories
Suddenly I hear hissing, angry screaming. Momma raccoon was the left side of the path and three young were on the right side.  When Momma let out her screech, her young headed straight for her.  

February at the 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

Horned Lizards -What a Defense!

Posted by Nancy on 2/3/2016 to All About Reptiles
A few years ago I had the pleasure of working with a young man named Dusty who had just started in the field as a wildlife biologist.  Dusty quickly learned one of the defensive measures that a Horned Lizard has in his arsenal.

Turkey Vultures - Did You Know?

Posted by Nancy on 1/27/2016 to Fun Facts About Bird Species
Mother Nature has a definite affinity for vultures.  She has evolved a bird with the handsome bald head and broad wings in not only the Americas but also Africa, Asia and Europe.  They all are willing to act as the "golden purifier" and clean the environment.  Mother Nature has used a process known as convergent evolution.

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.

Peanut Butter and Jelly - Not Just for Sandwiches Anymore!

Posted by Tom on 1/20/2016 to All About Bird Feeders
Peanut butter and jelly can help you attract more birds to your yard.  Learn what species will come to these unusual foods for birds.

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?

How to Care for a Bearded Dragon

Posted by Nancy on 12/30/2015 to Reptile Care Sheets

Bearded Dragons are one of the most popular lizards in pet reptile industry.  Their naturally docile nature, endearing personality, inquisitive nature and the color morphs available make them a great first reptile for beginners.

Is It Safe To Use Window Mount Bird Feeders?

Posted by Nancy on 12/16/2015 to All About Bird Feeders
Question:  I'm always hearing about birds hitting windows and injuring or even worse killing themselves.  Knowing that, why would a person use a window-mounted bird feeder?

Economical Ways To Feed Wild Birds

Posted by Nancy on 12/9/2015
Question:  I first started feeding birds when I purchased a hummingbird feeder from you at a farmer's market.  Since then I have gotten into feeding birds and now have a small window mounted bird feeder that I use when we travel in our RV and a suet bird feeder you recommended.  Now with the economy in bad shape, I'm looking for ways to still feed the birds, but do it in a more economical way.  What do you suggest?

The Thistle Seed Is Falling Out of My Feeder!

Posted by Nancy on 12/3/2015 to All About Bird Feeders
Question: The goldfinches and siskins are birds that I want coming to my yard so I purchased a thistle sock. It seemed to let a lot of thistle seed slip through and land on the ground. I then tried a feeder from a box store and have the same problem. What do I look for in a finch feeder to stop this? Thistle is too expensive to waste.

Bees at My Hummingbird Feeders

Posted by Nancy on 11/18/2015 to All About Bird Feeders

Question: I bought a hummingbird feeder from a big box store and all that came to the feeder were bees.  I see that you have a Best 1 Hummingbird Feeder that is suppose to solve that problem.  Why don't the birds simply eat the bees?  How does the Best 1 Hummingbird Feeder solve the bee problem?

The Basics of Breeding Box Turtles

Posted by Nancy on 6/4/2015 to Turtles, Box Turtles and Tortoises

Question:  I have Box Turtles.  I see them mate but I never see a baby.  How long do the babies hide before I find them?

Answer:  Box turtles are usually easy to breed providing that you meet the basic requirements.  First, you have to make sure that your female box turtle is in optimal health and is ready to breed.  Optimal health can be achieved by maintaining a clean environment and offering proper nutrition.  Your box turtle should be receiving a varied diet that contains adequate protein and calcium. 

Deterring Grackles at Your Bird Feeder

Posted by Nancy on 4/29/2015 to All About Bird Feeders
I would like to make some recommendations that may help you deter grackles coming to your feeders.  First, do not feed anything such as bread, table scraps or leftovers. Grackles will take advantage of any food source.  Also, don't allow bird seed to accumulate under the feeders.  I would suggest you use a high quality bird seed that does not have corn or milo as filler.  These seeds are a grackle magnet and not well liked by many of the species you want to attract.

Do Hummingbird Remember Who Feeds Them?

Posted by Nancy on 4/8/2015 to Hummingbirds
My wife tells me that I am getting the same hummingbirds to my hummingbird feeders because hummingbirds remember who feeds them.  Can this be true?  Don't they just find a feeder that is in their range?

My Box Turtle Won't Open His Eyes!

Posted by Nancy on 4/1/2015 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?


Do Sandhill Cranes Have Feathers on Their Faces?

Posted by Nancy on 3/25/2015 to Learn More About Birds
Do Sandhill Cranes have feathers on their face?