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Finding a Baby Bird
By: Admin    June 15 2018 , 10:19 am
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Category: Eco-Friendly , Birds
What should you do with an abandoned baby bird? Finding a baby bird fallen out of its nest is not uncommon for this time of year, but what steps should you take? How can you save this baby’s life? You have probably heard conflicting information as to how to identify if a bird is even injured and in need of attention. There are many misconceptions out there and it is good to know the best way to help out our feathered friends. Perhaps one of the biggest misconceptions that has been passed along for generations is the myth that if you touch a baby bird, the mother bird will smell human on it and reject her baby. A bird’s sense of smell is actually not very acute, but even so it will not reject its baby for smelling like a human. While untrue, this tale has probably saved many bird lives by dissuading children from touching them. Helping a Fledgling Baby birds in the fledgling...
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Good Natural Lawn Fencing Makes Good Neighbors
By: Admin    October 18 2017 , 10:34 am
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When you think of a “living fence,” what comes to mind? Perhaps a vision of towering evergreen trees, their branches swaying lightly in the wind. Maybe you picture a flock of cardinals, singing as they hop around a festive holly bush. Either of these scenarios would be right on track, because living fences give any landscape the perfect blend of diverse ecology and lively splendor!Natural fencing is very beneficial both for the homeowner and the environment. Fences made of shrubs, trees, and other such resources comprise a natural “edge habitat,” where various types of wildlife can find shelter and food. Living fences effectively keep away unwanted guests. Natural barriers also add charm to any landscape, and come in a range of beautiful, functional varieties. No matter what you are looking to add to your lawn – tall, wide trees, a short and neatly-kept hedgerow, or sprawling bushes...
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Raising Ducks as an Alternative to Chickens
By: Admin    July 24 2017 , 12:28 pm
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When considering fine feathered fowl for your backyard, many people immediately think of chickens.  But why not consider raising ducks instead? Not only do they make adorable pets, but ducks are surprisingly low maintenance and also have many benefits for your yard. I recently spoke to a duck owner, Marana Moore, about her experiences raising magpie ducks.  “I love the fact that ducks are great for the garden on top of being a food source. They offer fantastic natural pest control, eating harmful insects like cutworms, beetles and slugs with relish. Left on their own these kinds of insects can wreak havoc on vegetables and flowers in a very short period of time! I'm thankful that my quack squad keeps them well under control, with far less damage to landscaping than chickens would cause.” Marana said.  Chickens are certainly more destructive to your landscaping.  If left alone, c...
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Your Guide to Raising Backyard Chickens
By: Admin    July 13 2017 , 10:35 pm
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If you are into fresh, homegrown food, creating a more sustainable lawn, and feeling a great sense of accomplishment, then you may want to consider buying chickens. There are numerous benefits to raising chickens, and setting up a backyard coop is relatively simple; so where to begin? Even though zoning laws vary from state to state, and there are many options on how to set up a coop, which breeds to buy, and how to maintain a healthy flock, owning a bird or two may be more rewarding – and accessible – than you think.Often people do not own chickens because it is illegal to do so in their area; so before you rush to the farm supply store, make sure to research your county’s zoning regulations. Contacting your local health board may also be necessary, and speaking directly to a county clerk can be helpful in understanding the legal documents you will need to access. Just make sure that you ab...
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Destination: James River
By: Admin    June 16 2017 , 01:20 pm
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Category: Birds , Nature , Landscape , Fun
Looking for a unique summer destination that will enhance your love of the outdoors? While travelers in Virginia often go to the coast for a vacation both sunny and enjoyable, there is another waterside option just waiting to be explored.The James River is a place where adventurous days meet peaceful nights, where history combines fun, and where the wildlife hums to the tune of “My Old Virginia Home”. This lengthy waterway flows through a landscape that is both enticingly beautiful and steeped in southern charm, making it the perfect getaway for nature enthusiasts, history buffs, and tourists alike. Starting at the confluence of the Cowpasture and Jackson rivers in the Appalachian Mountains, travelers can follow the James all the way to the Chesapeake Bay, at Hampton Roads. While the James spans roughly 348 miles in length, its basin covers 10,000 square miles, comprising about 25% of the state of ...
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