Summer

    Birds with Missing Feathers

    Cardinal starting to molt, while finishing up nesting season.

    “Has there been anything said about some birds missing feathers around their necks?” our Facebook fan Christy Librock Hibsch asked at the end of summer. “I have a blue jay and a starling that have bare necks. They don’t seem to be juveniles and seem to act normal, but they look a bit odd.” Thank you for sharing your observation with us, Christy. Let’s consider what may be happening. “In late summer and early fall, it isn’t unusual to see…

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  • Provide food, water and shelter for molting birds.
    Habitat

    What are “Molting” Birds?

    Birds molt all their feathers at least once a year. “As the seasons change, so do birds’ feathers,” according to Audubon. “One of the most defining features of a bird is its plumage. But as complex and capable as…

  • Insect shelter mounted on a wall near the garden.
    Habitat

    Mason Bee House Maintenance

    “The hum of bees is the voice of the garden.” — Elizabeth Lawrence Caring for your Mason Bees is easy. There are no special tools required. Depending on how many Mason Bees you have, maintenance only…

  • Solitary bee hotel installed on an apple tree.
    Habitat

    How to Choose a Mason Bee House

    “The hum of bees is the voice of the garden.” — Elizabeth Lawrence Early to rise, early to pollinate…our native Mason Bees rely on the warmth of the sun to increase their body temperature before starting…

  • Mason Bees use clay or mud to seal off their nesting tubes and protect the hibernating bees.
    Habitat

    Making Mud for Mason Bees

    “It was such a pleasure to sink one’s hands into the warm earth, to feel at one’s fingertips the possibilities of the new season.” — Kate Morton There’s a reason Mason Bees have “Mason” in their…

  • Orchard Mason Bee pollinating a flower.
    Habitat

    Benefits of Mason Bees

    “For bees, the flower is the fountain of life. For flowers, the bee is the messenger of love.” — Kahlil Gibran Honeybees are considered “pollen gatherers.” A different type of species and native to North America,…

  • Bee perched on a flower.
    Habitat

    The Life of the Mason Bee

    “Collaboration is the essence of life. The wind, bees and flowers work together, to spread the pollen.” ― Amit Ray The life of the solitary Mason Bee is relatively short-lived. “Solitary bees generally live for about…

  • Hummingbird feeding from red feeding ports.
    Bird Feeding

    Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

    Attract hummingbirds and make your own nectar at home. Buying hummingbird nectar from the store can be convenient, yet making your own nectar from scratch is easy.  Make Your Own Hummingbird Nectar Homemade hummingbird nectar contains…

  • Photo by Sarah Livingston Schlicht.
    Bird Feeding

    Tilt-Top Feeder for Cardinals

    Our popular Tilt-Top Feeder has been a customer favorite for over 35 years. Attract cardinals with black oil sunflower seed or safflower seed—and send squirrels sliding safely towards the ground. The instant a squirrel lands on…