The Balm of Nature by Myrna Pearman

The Balm of Nature by Myrna Pearman

For folks who enjoy being outside and regularly find solace in the natural world, recent research that confirms the healing power of nature comes as no surprise. But it is reaffirming that empirical evidence now validates the intuitive understanding and long-held belief that nature is a balm for the human body and soul.

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Providing water to backyard birds by Myrna Pearman

Providing water to backyard birds by Myrna Pearman

Birds, like humans, require water to drink and bathe. In a backyard, they will be readily attracted to any suitable water source. In fact, water will attract more bird species into a backyard than bird feeders will. A great way to learn to identify, and to become familiar with the habits of backyard birds (including those species that pass through your yard on migration) is to spend time watching a busy bird bath.

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Create the habitat and they will come by Myrna Pearman

Create the habitat and they will come by Myrna Pearman

People who enjoy feeding backyard birds often have wider interests in nature and are engaged in a range of outdoor activities, from gardening and hiking to birding and wildlife photography. In many cases, backyard birds have sparked an interest in these other pursuits.

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The Avian Influenza virus and what backyard birders can do to help prevent the spread of this disease by Myrna Pearman

The Avian Influenza virus and what backyard birders can do to help prevent the spread of this disease by Myrna Pearman

The H5N1 subtype of Avian Influenza virus is spreading in Canada. It is causing severe illness and mortality in domestic poultry flocks and has been detected in waterfowl and birds of prey. It is not currently considered a disease threat to songbirds, including species that frequent backyard feeders.

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Spring Migration by Myrna Pearman

Spring Migration by Myrna Pearman

Spring is officially here! Some of the early migrants have already arrived while most species will be arriving and/or moving through the province throughout the month and into early May.

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Celebrating Bluebirds! by Myrna Pearman

Celebrating Bluebirds! by Myrna Pearman

March means spring! While it will be mid-April before most migrating birds start showing up or moving through Saskatchewan, two notable species—Mountain and Eastern Bluebirds—usually appear as early as mid-March. Both species are strikingly beautiful and, as secondary cavity nesters, will take up residence in nestboxes.

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For the White-breasted Nuthatch February is a wonderful month to find a mate.

For the White-breasted Nuthatch February is a wonderful month to find a mate.

February, despite the lengthening hours of daylight and being the shortest month of the year, is still locked in the full clutches of Old Man Winter. It can be long and dreary, so Valentines’ Day is the bright spot of the month for many Canadians.

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Why feeding the birds is part of a recipe for physical and mental health

Why feeding the birds is part of a recipe for physical and mental health

This article talks about the new trend of health care professionals prescribing "time in nature" as a way to naturally help people heal mentally and physically. It also discusses how feeding the birds fits into spending time in nature with similar benefits.

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Black Oil Sunflower Seeds - The Number 1 Bird Seed!

Black Oil Sunflower Seeds - The Number 1 Bird Seed!

Black oil sunflower seeds hold the distinction of being the most sought-after of all feeder seeds. In fact, sunflowers are not only dined on by dozens of bird species, but they are also eaten by a myriad of other creatures - from bees and many other species of insects to coyotes and deer. So nutritious and packed with essential nutrients are black oil sunflower seeds that they are also added as a dietary supplement for horses.

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The feeder birds of Christmas by Myrna Pearman

The feeder birds of Christmas by Myrna Pearman

As we head into the holiday season, bird watchers will be marking their calendars with an additional yuletide activity – the Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Interestingly, the CBC—now the longest-running and most important bird census in the world—didn’t start out as a wildlife-friendly activity.

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