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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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Feeding Birds in the Fall by Myrna Pearman

Feeding Birds in the Fall by Myrna Pearman

November – a month typified by shorter daylight and dropping temperatures - is a great time to get started on a backyard bird feeing program. Not only will bird feeding stations help our avian neighbours survive the long cold winter ahead, but having wild birds within view is guaranteed to make a Canadian winter more interesting and inspiring.

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Why Blue Jays are the Quintessential Birds of Fall by Myrna Pearman

Why Blue Jays are the Quintessential Birds of Fall by Myrna Pearman

Blue Jays are the quintessential birds of fall. They are both vocal and visible at this time of year as they flock together, roaming the woods and descending on backyard bird feeders. Not only is their brilliant cerulean plumage dazzling against a backdrop of yellow and red fall colours, but their raucous chatter livens up our neighbourhoods.

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Introducing kids to the joy of backyard bird feeding

Introducing kids to the joy of backyard bird feeding

​It’s been a very unsettling time in everyone’s life for the past few weeks with the growing concerns of COVID-19. Being asked to self-isolate is difficult for many, but for parents the challenge becomes much more difficult when also asked to confine their kids. This article talks about how to introduce your children to the hobby of backyard bird feeding as a way to entertain them and to help them focus on the joy in nature around us.

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No Mess Solutions for Backyard Bird Feeding

No Mess Solutions for Backyard Bird Feeding

Love the birds but don’t love the mess that goes with them? Many backyard bird feeders stop feeding birds over the summer, choosing to focus instead on the perfect lawn and garden. However, there is a way to have your perfect lawn and your backyard birds too, if you make the correct bird food choices.

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Planting for the Birds

Planting for the Birds

Do you know that the plants you have in your backyard, will greatly influence the birds you attract to your backyard? In this article we explore which plants to select for maximum bird watching potential!

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How to attract Blue Jays to your backyard.

How to attract Blue Jays to your backyard.

I am seeing a lot of pictures of blue jays on the "Alberta Birds" Facebook page recently so I know that the jays are frequenting the feeders across the province.

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Keeping birds healthy and happy through hot summer days.

Keeping birds healthy and happy through hot summer days.

Hot summer days can be hard on wildlife including birds. Here are some tips to help your backyard birds survive the heat of summer.

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