Choosing A Stately Bird

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Forty-three of our States and the District of Columbia have selected a bird to represent them as an emblem. In the majority of the States this popularly-chosen avian representative has been officially recognized and in the other states it is planned to have this done at early legislative sessions. The mere fact that these bird emblems have been chosen is not important so far as the emblem itself is concerned. What is significant is that which led up to the selection; the discussion, study, and thought that it required: the very real educational service that it performed. And the result is that affectionate interest has been thus aroused in all birds and their protection.
When the first query went out, “Have you a State Bird?” it was virtually a new thought. Aside from Louisiana, Maryland and Utah, where custom had already established official birds, and Kansas, where a successful early campaign was held, inquiry revealed that there were no state birds. So campaigns were started, taking most effective form in drives by women’s clubs, Audubon societies and Nature groups in cooperation with the schools to “get out the vote.” Quickly these campaigns grew into crusades. Many candidates were entered. Their qualifications were discussed from all angles. Inquiry brought out whether the birds nominated were valuable economically; whether they were truly representative of the region; what their distinctive characteristics were; whether they were attractive songsters, and many other details. An awakened interest in birds and their study and a greater interest in Nature Study were quickly noted. Balloting was active and the votes cast were well-considered decisions. Beyond all question the value of selecting an official State bird was established. Naturally in the various campaigns many interesting things developed. It is, therefore, of both value and interest now to review these various campaigns in connection with the reproduction here of these official birds in all their color and beauty.
For instance, in 1927, at the request of the Ladies’ Memorial Association, the Legislature of Alabama adopted the Flicker, or “yellow hammer”, as the official State bird. The members of this organization urged the choice because the Alabama soldiers in the Confederate Army were known as “Yellow Hammers”, and the yellow lining of the bird’s wings and tail recall the uniform colors of the Alabama cavalry. Or, when the General Federation of Women’s Clubs accepted the invitation to hold its 1931 Biennial Council in Phoenix, Arizona, Mrs. D. I. Craig, Chairman of Conservation for the State was urged to have a State bird selected before the meeting was held. She wasted no time and a campaign was launched throughout the State. Ballots were cast for various candidates but when these were counted the Cactus Wren was out in front in a run-away contest. A bill making the selection official was immediately presented to the Legislature and passed and signed by the Governor in March, 1931.

How Important Bird Proof Method Is To Get Rid Of Birds

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While its nice to have rows of flowers in the garden, its not so nice to watch flocks of birds destroy hard work. Without effective birds control, pest birds such as sparrows, swallows, pigeons and crows can and will invade yard or garden to feed themselves and their young. Blackbirds, starlings, and robins will waste no time yanking out tasty corn seedlings, or chewing into ripening cherries, peaches and blueberries. They also wont hesitate to crater lawn while they dig for bugs.

Even songbirds attack garden at various times of the year. These birds go after broccoli, corn, green peas, snap peas, apples, apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, currants, grapes, peaches, pears, plums, raspberries and strawberries. Therell be a problem if patches of young seedlings completely disappear, or the tops of your young plants are chewed off, or if bites are taken out of the berries as they ripen.

There are some important bird proof guidelines that need to be followed in order to get rid of birds, which are: making sure to make the area uninhabitable, shortening the branches of the trees so that the trees dont offer space for the birds to perch, identifying birds before going near the tree, netting tree fruits, and playing a bird distressing voice that distracts birds.

In order to get rid of birds, a humanitarian bird repellent is used to scare away the birds. The gentle bird control devices include physical, chemical as well as ultrasonic bird repellent for bird control. The physical bird control device contains bird spikes, bird netting and bird trick. Bird spikes, known as anti roosting spike, are an effective bird proof device that prevents birds from roosting or landing. Bird spikes can be stainless steel spikes or plastic bird spikes. The bird spikes are easy to install and it is ideal for use on ledges, signs, windowsills, gutters, roof perimeters, air conditioners, chimneys, support structure, awnings, poles, lights, statues, beams, trusses, building projections and other places birds roost. Bird netting is another physical bird repellent, bird control and a bird proof device. Bird netting is a bird proof net to prevent birds from definite spot. The bird netting can be plastic bird netting as well as entangled bird proof polythene bird netting. The knotted bird proof polythene bird netting can be easily installed at bridges & overpasses, shopping center, yards etc. Bird entices are also a superior scheme of bird control device.

What To Do When Your Koi Fish Is Pregnant

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When it comes to fish having babies, there are two main ways that the females give birth. There are the fish that give live birth and there are the fish that lay eggs on some kind of surface such as branches. Koi fish are part of the group of fish that lay eggs. When you own koi fish, it is almost harder for them not to get pregnant. That’s how common it is.

For the individual koi fish owner, if you have male and female koi fish in your pond there is a chance they could spawn babies. Really, the female’s eggs will attach it itself to almost any surface. For large commercial operations as well as enthusiasts who breed for fun, there are certain products made to help you out with the job. There are certain grasses, water hyacinths, special mops and other devices that can be purchased at specialty shops and online.

Koi fish are usually ready to have babies by the time they are three or four years old. For the female fish to be able to have fish, you should feed her higher amounts of protein before she mates with the male. She could probably get pregnant regardless of her diet, but it’s beneficial to help the process along.

If this is a planned event, it makes sense to keep the male and female fish apart from each other to avoid having to clean up a big mess. Also, it becomes quite difficult to change the water after the female fish has given birth. If you do have a separate tank for mating, place the female fish in first in the morning and then the male fish a few hours later. This will let you keep track of what’s going on. The male fish push the female fish into whatever she is using to lay her eggs and then releases them. And that is how koi fish lay eggs.

After the eggs are laid, it is best to remove both koi fish from the separate mating tank (if you have one). Once the fish are laid, adult fish are very apt to eat the eggs. You will most likely want to do a water change with the water from the separate tank.

The eggs will need careful care for a few weeks. The water temperature should be no lower than 59 degrees, the water quality should be as perfect as you can get it and within a few days the new fish can start to eat live food such as brine shrimp. Within a few weeks they will be eating fish pellets and will be on their way to becoming a regular koi fish.

Window Mounted Bird Feeder 3 Advantages Over Traditional Feeding Station

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If you’ve been considering a new window mounted bird feeder for your home, you’re in good company. As a naturalist and bird watcher of many years, I enjoy using these feeders and would like to share three to advantages of using them over traditional feeding stations.

The first big advantage of this window mount feeder is that it will prevent squirrels, raccoons and other pesky varmints from getting into your bird feeder, eating all the seed or possibly destroying it with their weight.

Since these feeding stations are mounted directly to the window, you can determine the height of the feeder from the ground and its proximity to trees (branches can give animals access to the feeder.) The trick is to place the bird house high enough that raccoons and squirrels cannot reach it and far enough from trees so they cannot get to it from a tree branch.

The next big advantage of having a window mounted bird feeder is that they are easy to remove and clean. Feeders need to be cleaned every few weeks or so because otherwise, they can serve as a transmission point for disease. The purpose of a feeder it to allow you to birdwatch and to take care of the birds, so the last thing you want is to have a soiled bird feeder or one that is full of moldy seed.

Since these feeders are generally made from acrylic, they do not stain and are easy to clean by soaking in a sink of hot water with dish soap and a little bit of bleach to sanitize the feeder. Make sure to rinse the feeder thoroughly so there is no residue, then dry completely and reattach to the window. Never put an acrylic feeder in the dishwasher.

The third advantage of using a window mount bird feeder is that you can enjoy bird watching from inside your house. This makes for a great activity for parents and children, people who are infirm, those who work for home or anyone who enjoys bringing a view of nature indoors.

Since the feeders are generally made from acrylic, you can see right through them. This means you can enjoy the birds, watch them play and fight and even see them splitting open seeds. Since these feeding stations are small, they attract smaller, more colorful varieties like finches and keep away the bigger birds that can be aggressive and annoying.

Installing a feeder on your window is a great way to take care of the birds in the winter time when food is scarce. It’s also a fun way to watch the birds all year long, no matter what the weather.

So What Exactly Is A Real Estate Bird Dog – Aka Property Locator

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What is a Real Estate Bird Dog? AKA Property Locator

So what exactly is a Bird Dog / Property Locator? Bird Dogs, at least when used in the Real Estate lingo, are also known as Property Locators, Property Finders or Jobbers. They are the eyes and the ears of real estate investors that find properties for real estate investors to buy, properties they wouldnt be likely to find on their own.

Bird Dogs go out and find undervalued properties for real estate investors! Bird Dogs do not purchase the properties themselves; however they search neighborhoods, communities, counties, cities, and so on, looking for properties for real estate investors to buy. With a little experience, many real estate Bird Dogs advance to becoming a Wholesaler, which is actually taking control of a property (getting it under contract) and then selling it to investors.

So how does a real estate Bird Dog benefit from doing all the searching but not having to fork out a lot of moola? Investors pay Property Locators in cash when the Bird Dog finds a property the investor likes. These properties can be almost anything: single family houses, multiplexes, duplexes, apartment buildings, commercial buildings, or land.

Investors typically pay Bird Dogs what is called a Referral Fee of around $1000 or more. My personal opinion is that Bird Dogs should be paid a lot more than a mere $1000 if the deal they find makes an investor a lot of money. It should be more in the realm of 3 of the net profit the investor realizes. (Note: you need to check the laws in your state because in some of them it is illegal to pay referral fees.)

If you get good at property locating you might want to advance to the Wholesaler stage of real estate investing your reward from a deal can much more lucrative because you are doing a lot more work. Wholesalers actually gain control of the property by having some type of written agreement with the seller of the property. They then sell the contract to other investors with a wholesaling fee attached to it.

Fish Oil For Depression Treatment – How Effective Is It

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How does the idea of using fish oil for depression treatment sound to you? You can say ‘it is a good idea’, or ‘it is a bad idea’, or you can even say ‘I have no idea whatsoever’. No matter what your answer is, you are not alone. A lot of people do not have a clear understanding of fish oil and the role it plays in treating depression. Let us take a look.

Fish oil, as you all know, is rich in omega 3 fatty acids like DHA and EPA. According to health experts, these omega 3 fatty acids play a major role in improving brain function. They play a very important role in the growth of neurons in the frontal cortex of the brain, which is referred to as the ‘seat of personal behavior’. They prevent the disruption of the dopamine system and promote mental health. A number of clinical studies have shown that a regular dose of omega 3 fatty acids will prevent mental disorders like depression, anxiety, irritability, and aggression. This is why fish oil depression treatment is usually pretty effective.

When consumed on a regular basis, high quality fish based oil supplements can reduce suicidal tendencies and irritability in people who are depressed. They are very essential for pregnant women to stay healthy and to avoid postnatal depression. It has also been proven that omega 3 fatty acids significantly reduce the risks of childhood mental disorders like ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia. This is why fish based oil is considered a very good for children and adults alike.

To get the best results in fish oil depression treatment, you should take high quality fish based oil capsules. Look for fish oil supplements which contain plenty of DHA and EPA – preferably in 2:1 ratio. A lot of fish based supplements these days contain very little amount of these omega 3 fatty acids and you cannot expect good results from taking such supplements. So, always make sure the product you choose contains at least 250 mg of DHA and 120 mg of EPA.

One of the most important things you should know about depression treatment is that it is a combination of the right kind of medications, a healthy diet, regular physical exercise, high quality health supplements, and some important lifestyle changes. So, while using fish oil for depression treatment is certainly effective, it definitely should not be considered an alternative for medications. You must always consult your doctor and follow his advice without fail to improve your mental, emotional, and physical health and to get over depression.

Tropical Fish Wholesale Supplier – Flowerhorns Tropical Fish

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Tropical Fish Wholesale Supplier Says… Flowerhorns Are All The Rage Now

Tropical fish wholesale supplier, East Coast Tranship, says Flowerhorns have become all the rage in the past few years. Their prices vary greatly from country to country, and also within the different flowerhorn types. The country which seems the most innovative in producing new strains is BANGKOK Thailand. In our opinion it is also where you will get the most bang for your buck as far as flowerhorns are concerned.

Samples of Flowerhorns From The Supplier

BANGKOK also has a very friendly policy toward customers . . . If you order a box of flowerhorns from BANGKOK and would like a sample of ANYTHING they have to offer they do a thing called scattering. After you have finished filling a box from BANGKOK you can request that ONE item be scattered in your box. Basically it is a way for you to sample things. Typical examples of scattered items are: expensive flowerhorns, up to 20 pieces of Bettas, or any expensive or new fish. The scattered items are individually bagged and simple stuck between the main bags in the box. You are not charged any special fee for this and does not count as a bag of fish. Its just invoiced as a single item. Many customers take advantage of this when it comes to the expensive flowerhorns, for example the Titanium flowerhorn which hit the tropical fish wholesale market about a year ago.

And you can find pictures of these flowerhorn tropical fish and many others in a link in the resource box at the bottom of this article.

Here is a partial list of the tropical fish that you can check out on our blog site noted in the resource box below.

Code # 3615 – Gold Flowerhorn Adult

Code # 3863 Flowerhorn Titanium Sm.

Code # 3890 Flowerhorn Electric Blue 2.5 – 3

Code # 3891 Flowerhorn Electric Blue 3.5 – 4

Code # 3898 Flowerhorn Titanium Lg

Code # 3436 Flowerhorn Gold

Code # 3862 Flowerhorn Short Body

Code # 3908 Flowerhorn Humphead

Code # 3912 Flowerhorn Gold Short Body

Outdoor Bird Feeders–What Food to Use

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If you are trying to encourage birds to come into your yard you, not only, need to consider their homes but, also, their diets. Different types of bird seed are suited to different species of birds and different species of birds prefer different types of bird feeders.

Choosing the right type of bird feeder for your anticipated visitors and bird seed for the species of birds found in your area ensures that your visitors stay happy, healthy and well fed. That will keep them coming back year after year.

Sunflower seeds are the ideal food for species such as sparrows, doves, chickadees, cardinals, blue jays and finches. Most types of hanging feeders can accommodate sunflower seeds. The only thing one must consider is that the bird feeder for the birds be hung fairly high off the ground. You should, also, consider that the feeder offer some sort of protection against squirrels, since squirrels are, also, very fond of sunflowers. Another popular seed with birds is corn. Corn attracts birds such as blackbirds, starlings and cardinals. Most large song birds and some smaller ones enjoy corn. So if you want to attract song birds, hang your bird feeder high off the ground with plenty of room around it so that the birds can congregate. Providing platforms and perches at different levels will enable several birds to feed at the same time. Wire caged feeders and mesh are ideal for corn because they keep squirrels and other unwanted visitors away from the feeding station. Another popular food for birds is suet. Suet is a type of animal fat that attracts titmice, chickadees and woodpeckers. Suet can be found in the form of bars or cakes. It should be placed in a special suet bird feeder for best results.

It is important to keep your bird feeders clean. Old seed shells and leftover seeds should be removed from the bird feeder periodically. Spilled seed tends to attract rodents. Make sure that the bird feeder gets washed with a soap solution or bleach and water on a regular basis in order to avoid mold and mildew. Taking care of your bird feeder and providing the proper food will insure a happy experience for your bird visitors and you.

Make Your Own Fish Bait With Common Household Ingredients

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If you would like to increase the chance of catching more fish in your next excursion, you might want to consider making your own fish bait. Why? If you look at the store bought baits, there are only a few brands. Imagine going to your favorite fishing hole and the majority of the baits cast into the water are from the same company.

The fish wont have much of a choice but being attracted to the same store bought bait. Now imagine if you brought along fish bait that you made yourself. Your bait will stick out like a sore thumb from the other baits and the fish will seek you out.

Making your own fish bait is not only easy, it is fun and cheap. You can make the bait with your children and share the fun the next day catching fish knowing that you made the bait yourself. You can make pounds of bait for literally pennies and keep the unused portion in the freezer for months.

There is going to be some experimentation on your part. However, I have included the more popular ingredients and descriptions found in homemade baits. When you are making your bait, make sure to write everything down because if you fill your stringer full of fish, you want to be able to duplicate the winning formula.

Most of the following ingredients can be found at a well stocked grocer and feel free to experiment with other ingredients not listed below. Also, these ingredients are commonly found in trout baits so I would like to advise you that you will probably have more success utilizing these ingredients for catching trout.

Also, this list is not the end all be all of ingredients. Feel free to add your own ingredients. Who knows, you may find an ingredient that no one has even considered.

1) Uncooked oatmeal popular as a base (keeps all the ingredients together in a doughy mixture)

2) White bread also popular as a base

3) Water required in most cases to help make the mixture workable

4) Garlic salt found in most store bought baits (probably a good idea if you used it also)

5) Garlic powder similar to salt but may alter the fish attractant properties

6) Mini marshmallows also found in store bought baits (helpful for flotation purposes)

7) Can of tuna found in many homemade bait recipes. Maybe the old timers know something.

8) Anise oil extract almost a requirement for trout bait

9) Red food coloring it seems color attracts along with smell and taste

10) Yellow food coloring same

11) Cheese Ive seen recipes with American and especially Velveeta cheese

12) Ziploc bags great for mixing your ingredients, storage, and taking to fishing hole.

I hope this information gives you a great head start in developing your own homemade secret fish bait. Just remember to have fun.

Information On Bird Painting Artists And Paintings!

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Details about bird painting artists and reasons to buy bird paintings have been discussed.

Collecting different styled fine art paintings by bird painting artists is growing hobby among art patrons. There are amazing styles available in bird painting. In fact there are traditions where bird paintings are considered auspicious. It is the colors and the birds that arouse happy and healthy emotions its viewers. There is more to it

Who are bird painting artists?

Bird painting artists choose different birds to create enthusiastic expressions. They understand the visual medium well in which they have to communicate the bird artistically. The highlight can be on one single feature or on the bird completely. These artists are well known for their significant work in the specific field of bird paintings.

What are works of bird painting artists?

Paintings created by the artists can be easily pin pointed. Do not go by the word bird paintings literally. There are so many elements in such paintings that easily wins heart of art enthusiast. Colors that soothe not just the eyes but also the hearts are used by talented artists. Most interestingly the birds in such paintings are presented in most imaginative style. They can appear animated, live or fictional.

Why to buy bird paintings?

Different people have different reasons of buying bird paintings. Art lovers buy it for pure pleasure they get from collecting such paintings. While there are others who love to buy such paintings for their homes and offices. Here are few instances where you can think of bird paintings.

Home decoration:

Nature lovers can bring a tinge of nature in their home with bird paintings. Cute and lively bird paintings make a great choice for children’s room. If you think of renovating your home or bringing some liveliness think of bird paintings.

Office walls:

Bird paintings can easily gel into the formal ambiance of the office. You can stick to formal and clean compositions for your office. Such paintings bring a refreshing feeling even in a strict and formal environment of offices.

Hotel or Restaurant:

Thinking of adding a touch to the dcor of your hotel? Bird paintings can resolve your conflicts. Simply hang loud and lovely bird paintings and you will notice the uplifted environment immediately.

Gifts:

No more confusion in buying gifts and ending up with wrong and boring gifting. Let your love and affections pass on to the person with real gift. Fine art paintings of birds can simply stand out to be a right gift for any moment.