Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Homemade Bird Cookies For Your Backyard Birds!

This is an activity that is perfect to make with the kids during their Summer holiday and great for homeschoolers. Adult supervision is needed for this activity.

Homemade Bird Cookies.
Materials:
  • 1 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 3 1/2 cups mixed birdseed
  • Large bowl, rolling pin, drinking straw, various shaped cookie cutters, basting brush, cookie sheet, oven.
Preheat oven to 350*F. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. Add a 1/2 cup of birdseed, butter and eggs. Mix until well blended. Roll dough onto  a floured surface approximately 1/4" thick; use cookie cutter to cut different shapes. Use drinking straw to make a hole in top of each cookie. Bake cookies in over for 10-12 minutes.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Make your own hummingbird food

The hummingbird sugary mix we buy at the store is loaded in red dye and not healthy for hummingbirds. You can make a very inexpensive hummingbird nectar at home in no time at all.

Here's what you need to make your own hummingbird nectar.

  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Pan
  • Stove

Mix one part sugar to four parts boiling water and stir. Let cool,  pour into your hummingbird feeder. Store leftovers in a clean jar in the fridge up to one week. Be sure to clean out feeder every three to four days to prevent mold and deadly bacteria from growing.



Create your own wildlife habitat in your backyard.

I really enjoy having a backyard wildlife habitat. We have an abundance of birds. They are enjoyable to watch, they serenade us every morning, help pollinate our trees and flowers, and they keep the insect population in check.

Five Tips To Creating A Wildlife Habitat In Your Backyard.

1. Provide fresh water with a birdbath, bucket or fountain.
2. Growing a garden can provide a nice sanctuary for birds. Planting annuals, perennials, vines, fruit trees and berry bushes are guaranteed to attract birds and butterfly's.
3. If you want to attract hummingbirds you must hang hummingbird feeders or plant flowers that the hummingbirds enjoy. Some of my favorites are Fuchsias, yellow and purple Daisy's, Bleeding Hearts, Trumpet Vine, Petunias, Butterfly Bush, Desert Trumpet and Columbines.
4. Place birdseed, dried bread, black oil sunflower seeds, suet, popped popcorn without butter and salt, pieces of fruit or millet to attract different kinds of birds. Steller Jays really enjoy dried corn.
5. Provide nesting boxes, birdhouses and nesting material to attract birds to make their homes on your property. When I brush my Great Pyrenees I make sure that i put a pile of her hair out in the yard below the birdhouses. Birds every year use some of her hair to pad their nests.


Do you have a backyard wildlife habitat? Really cool bird pictures? I would love to show them off. Leave a link to your blog post showing your pictures or email me your pictures and information and I will happily share them. Email pics to Carol at wolfpackmt@msn.com

National Wildlife Federation- Create a Wildlife Habitat

Friday, June 10, 2011

How is everyone holding up during all our natural disasters?

Hi everyone, there's so much going on right now in the United States. There's been a record amount of tornadoes, flooding and wildfires. In my home town our rivers are at 13 feet. Flood stage is 10. Several families are in emergency mode bagging sandbags and some are even evacuating.


My oldest son Tony is a wildland Forest Fighter. He has flown out to Arizona today to help with the largest fire in Arizona's history. I would love to hear your stories if you've been in the midst of mother natures changes lately.


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