Outdoor Bird Houses–Where and When Do You Put Them

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Different species of birds like different kinds of locations. For example, if you are looking to attract woodpeckers or nuthatches, you would want to place your bird house on a tree in a wooded area or on a post. Bluebirds, swallows and certain types of wrens would be comfortable in a house hung in an open field or in a large backyard that does not have much vegetation.

Robins are attracted to wide wooden ledges with roofs over them that are protected from the wind. Bird houses should be erected well in advance of the breeding season. This would, normally, be during late summer or early fall to give birds the opportunity to situate themselves before starting to breed. Bird watchers should have their bird houses up by early winter, the latest. When birds are appearing in your yard, it is already too late to start hanging nesting boxes.

The location of a bird house is just as important for attracting birds as is the type of house provided. Some species of birds prefer open, grassy areas and some prefer wooded shaded areas. However, it is recommended to place birds in a sunny, open space. One should be careful not to hang bird houses on trees as this gives easy access to the bird house for predators such as squirrels and cats.

The best way to mount a bird house is by using a free-standing metal pole or PVC pipes. These items make it very difficult for predators to climb. Nails should never be used to attach a box to a living tree. It is important to keep in mind, also, that all houses should be securely fastened to prevent swinging. Birds are not fond of moving houses.

Spacing, also, needs to be considered when erecting a bird house. Bird houses should be placed, at least, 5-30 feet above the ground, again, making them more difficult to be attacked by predators. And, always, it should be kept in mind that all bird houses should be, at least 25 feet apart. This would address the territorial issue of birds.

When the bird watchers main goal is to attract a variety of species to nesting boxes, pairing of boxes should be employed. This is done by putting boxes on poles in pairs. This offers the advantage of allowing more than one species to, peacefully, coexist in the same environment. Following these simple guidelines can turn into a very pleasant experience for anyone interested in bird watching. They will attract many cheerful, singing birds that will provide entertainment for the interested bird watcher for hours.

Bird Allergy Solutions—5 Ways To Manage Allergies Caused By Pet Birds

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It can be devastating to realize that your pet bird triggers your allergies. But here are 5 ways you can manage your allergies and enjoy your pet bird as well.

Choice of Bird—This is a “Johnny come lately” idea if you’re already adopted a bird. But if you are still in the process of choosing a bird this will help. All birds are not created equal in terms of the pollutants they create. All warm-blooded animals produced dander (dead skin flakes) and birds are no exception.

However, some birds create a white powder in addition to dander which increases the number of airborne pollutants exponentially. These powder down birds include African Greys, Cockatoos, Cockatiels, and Amazons. And while these birds are absolute gorgeous creatures, they will produce more particulates than other birds.

Number of Birds—-Keeping the numbers low will obviously reduce the number of particles produced. Because some birds are more social than others, your bird may have a higher quality of life if it is one of a pair. But having large numbers in captivity is sure to lead to problems for those who are allergic.

Easy to Clean Surfaces—-You can make cleaning so much easier by making smart choices about how your aviary is furnished. Tile, wood, and linoleum are all easier to clean than carpet and rugs.

Furniture that can be wiped down with a damp cloth will prevent particles that have fallen becoming airborne again. And blinds, shades, and shutters are easier to keep clean than draperies. These may seem like small choices but they make a big difference in keeping the air clearer and reducing the symptoms that result from allergies.

Clean Smarter—-When it’s time to clean, here are several things to keep in mind. Using damp mops and cloths for the floor, walls, and cage will trap more particles and send fewer into the air.

A vacuum that has a special bag to trap pollutants and prevent them from going airborne again is best. When it’s time to clean the cage, taking it outside and hosing it down will send particles in the outdoor air rather than the air inside your home.

Clean the Air—-Each time your bird flies from one perch to another, or tugs at a toy, or preens itself some particles will be released into the air. That’s just part of having a feathered friend as part of your life. The only way to continually reduce the number of airborne particulates is to filter the air.

The most effective type of cleaner for clearing particulates from the air is a HEPA (or high efficiency particle arresting) air purifier. It is able to remove particles down to.3 microns with a micron being defined as one millionth of a meter. And its efficiency is such that for every 10,000 airborne particles in the air, it will remove 99,997 of them with 99.97% efficiency.

Squirrel Proof Your Bird Feeder, Impossible Maybe not

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Being a builder of hand crafted Wild Bird Feeders the most common question I am asked, “Are your feeders squirrel proof?” In my opinion it is pretty much impossible to squirrel proof a bird feeder. Squirrels are pretty smart and quite agile little animals. Seems to me they can figure out any anti-squirrel mechanism. So what in the world can you do to keep these little guys off your feeders and stop them from eating all the feed and running off your wonderful birds? No, a pellet gun is not the answer, after all these squirrels are just being squirrels and there must be a humane answer to this question and there is, you just train them. Impossible you say, no not at all, read on and you will find the very best way to squirrel proof your feeders.

First off leave your bird feeders right where they are, you dont have to change a thing. About twenty five feet or so away from your bird feeding area put a flat feeder, plate or small board on the ground. There are also some nice Critter Food Dishes that can also be purchased that will go well and add a nice look to your landscape. This needs to be in an area that does not have dogs around. Go to your local merchant, Home Depot, Lowes, Target, and pick up some “Critter Food”. This is not expensive and usually is made up of blends of seeds, grains, corn and peanuts. It will take no time at all before the squirrels figure out my food is over here and every time I eat over there that person comes out and yells at me and runs me off. It is important you must continue to run the squirrels off you bird feeders with vigor. In reality the squirrels really dont want to eat with the birds anyway.

It is that simple. I have been using this method for years and seldom do I have squirrels on my feeders. Another bonus to this method is Dove do not have a problem raiding the squirrels food. Happy feeding, your squirrel problem is now solved.

Bird Nest, A Storehouse Of Well Being Advantages For All

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Birds are the most loveliest creatures which have some simple requirements that must be fulfilled in order to give them a life that is healthier and could be sustained easily. When it comes to nest the bird nest require just simple things that the birds gather in their beaks from places to help in setting up a nest that may provide shelter and protection to its eggs, which later on will develop into offspring’s.

The birds being so many in numbers, the bird nest too are of an array of varieties and styles, which different species of birds construct accordingly. Nowadays the bird nest manufacturers have increased in numbers particularly after it was brought to notice that a bird nest packs many nutritional elements which are beneficial to the people of all ages group and any gender too.

There are a lot of such bird nest distributors out there, that can assist individuals purchase bird nest which are made using just natural things and erase the possibilities of occurrence of any such chemical compounds or different synthetic things that can cause unhealthy effects on consumption. Bird nest that veil strictly natural constituent without the possibilities of any artificially added constituents and chemical can now be easily bought from the various bird nest distributor that sell them at different price range both on the online as well as offline stores.

The bird nest that are most commonly found with most bird nest supplier that are authentic and legit in their services entails those that they receive or collect from the villages and forests of Malaysia, Indonesia and other such island places.

The bird nest after collection is thoroughly cleaned and processed to extract only the things that are edible and will cause health benefits. The one most common benefit individuals can enjoy after consuming such edible bird nest or even the recipes made using them are obtaining a fairer skin that’s radiant, which is something that all want to acquire to look great always.

The pure and unadulterated bird nest which are sold by most dependable and authentic bird nest distributor can now be bought and all can reap the various advantages. The use of Malaysia bird nest drink as a well being benefiter might have been new, however as soon as this news reached the ears of marketers the rise in the number of bird nest manufacturer and bird nest distributor became outstanding and more visible to all.

This has result in the popularity, which these nest now enjoy and the demand that has increased to help all enjoy great health benefits easily. With orders now being accepted on-line, the bird nest distributor can help you purchase the precise bird nest one is looking for while sitting at their homes.

Peacock Theme Wedding- 10 Ideas To Decorate Your Venue

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Many couples decide to give their wedding an original look that will make it one of a kind and memorable to all of their guests. An in their task to achieve this many couples decide to host a theme wedding.

While there are as many themes as couples getting hitch each year, one of the most popular themes nowadays is the peacock wedding theme.

The main colors for this theme are truly gorgeous and couples just adore celebrating and giving this theme their own signature. Blues and greens in different shades are usually combined with silver, white and gold.

But also the peacock theme can take a very different look with non traditional peacock colors. Just using the peacock design, more couples decide to use a different palette. Pinks, purples, lavenders, yellow and red are the most popular unconventional colors used for a peacock theme wedding.

And this theme adapts to almost any type of celebration, whether you want to have a vintage or modern look.

Wedding decorations, attire and favors are just some of the areas where you can make the theme come to life.

Here are 10 quick ideas on how to incorporate the theme to your wedding celebration.

1* Use peacock feathers to enhance a simple wedding invitation design. Tie them to the invitation with a silk ribbon or glue them at a corner for a creative look.

2* Wear a peacock inspired shoe. From the painted ones to those that include peacock feathers around your ankle or over the toe area, they are a great item to enhance your bridal look.

3* Have a peacock feather centerpiece. From the simple single long peacock feather in a vase to more elaborated arrangements combining feathers and flowers, you are sure to have a unique centerpiece with this item.

4* Carry a flower bouquet with some peacock feathers included.

5* Change into a peacock inspired gown for your reception

6* Use a pair of decorative peacock birds as cake toppers

7* Carry a peacock feather fan instead of the traditional flower bouquet

8* Make a candle arrangement suitable for the theme by adding a peacock feather string at their base.

9* Have your groom wear a peacock feather as an original boutonniere

10* If your peacock theme wedding happens around Christmas tis the season by creating an original arrangement placing the classic ball ornament in peacock like colors inside a tall glass vase.

Just with attention to detail you can create an spectacular look for your wedding day.

Incorporate one or more of these ideas to have the wedding you always dreamt of.

Gallon Fish Tank A More Expensive Hobbyist’s Delight

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The 500 gallon fish tank is ideal for holding as many as seven Oscar fish as they require more space to feed and live their future lives. A 500 gallon fish tank is also suitable for building a large reef tank containing many corals. There is no sight as attractive as watching fish swim about inside an aquarium and the 500 gallon fish tank is no exception. It may not always be suitable for homes, given its big size and so, some interesting 500 gallon fish tanks may be found in places such as Marine Centers.

The Hatfield Marine Science Center has recently acquired a 500 gallon fish tank that is also equipped with a semi-closed circulation system, and a fluidized bed-filter as well as protein skimmer to keep the water pristine clear all year round. The first of its inhabitants were the adult sablefish that came replete with PIT tags, which are devices used by researchers to track fish in propulsion systems by identifying and tracking them with the help of these PIT tags.

The beauty of the PIT tags is that the visitor to the Marine Center can scan individual fish when it comes to the front of the aquarium and this scanning, with the help of a radio wave, enables the PIT tag to create a characteristic frequency that is the result of an inductive process and the signal in turn is used to cue a computer to display the relevant video program. These video programs are 90 seconds that consist of highlighting different aspects of the research done by NOAA into the sablefish life history and population dynamics.

The 500 gallon fish tank is not a common fish tank and of those that are found may have certain characteristics such as being divided into two halves – one for the reef and one for predators. The flow of water is surged into the center of the 500 gallon fish tank from where it is transformed into a wave that travels through both sections. The treatment of the 500 gallon fish tank is through the Model 24 Eco-Wheel system and is able to run off of one air pump.

There is a beautiful 500 gallon ‘L’ Shaped In-Wall Marine fish tank available at Aquarium Design, which stands 40″ tall and is 30/24″ inches wide, and its length is 95/46″ made out of Acrylic with a bent corner for placement in-wall and it has a port hole on the third side. It uses wet-dry-filter for filtration purposes. It has a pump for filer circulation and one for internal circulation and is also well lit using four 250 wt. 55K Metal Halides, as well as four 40 wt. fluorescents.

Fish Become Art With Gyotaku Fish Prints

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Gyotaku(pronounced gee-oh-tac-ooh) is an Oriental form of fish printing that originated during the 1800’s. In famous fishing locals, such as Japan and Hawaii gyotaku is still used as an artistic method of documenting the size and girth of a prized catch. Like a “fish tale” for the eyes, gyotaku fish prints create a story and memento of the event for years to come!

In Japanese Gyo=Fish and Taku=Imprint, therefore traditional Gyotaku uses freshly caught fish and other marine life to create unique imprints on paper and cloth. The “subject” is recorded for posterity, then ready to eat, as gyotaku uses non-toxic inks and paints to create one-of-a-kind imprints.

The famous legend of how gyotaku began starts with a Japanese emperor who caught a very large red snapper, and desired to keep the fish to display. The emperor then came up with a solution! He decided to paint the fish with ink and press it on paper to create an exact replica. Traditionally gyotaku imprints were made using rice paper and a carbon-based sumi ink. Today modern gyotaku is printed on a variety of paper and cloth materials, and artists often substitute non-toxic acrylic paints in place of the traditional sumi ink. There are two methods to gyotaku printing, with the most common used style being the “direct” method. The fish is painted/inked, and paper or cloth is pressed and rubbed over the fish, creating a life like imprint. Modern day artists may also use colored pencils, stains and paints, to enhance detail and create colorful renditions of the original species. Collage art, or the layering of papers and cut-outs, is giving modern day gyotaku multi-colored, textured, and layered effects.

Another evolution to traditional gyotaku is the inclusion of plants, flowers and trees into the print. European artists have been printing plants since the 1400’s, and today many artists are incorporating the plant kingdom into their gyotaku. Bamboo, leaves and tropical flowers are common gyotaku plant subjects.

Gyotaku fish prints offer a unique and realistic depiction of life in the deep sea. This art form is becoming especially popular in tourist fishing destinations, as many fishermen (and women) choose to have prints made of their catch, rather than having them taxidermied. There are now workshops and artists around the world who offer gyotaku prints and classes on this art form. The interpretation of Gyotaku is steadily evolving as new mediums and locations are introduced. The primary subject of gyotaku is fish, sea creatures and plants, whose species change dramatically depending on location. As gyotaku continues to capture the imagination of fishermen and artists world wide, new locations offer up a variety of species for the canvas.

O’reilly’s Bird Watching

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O’Reilly’s offers a wide range of specific and dedicated birding activities including bird feeding, bird watching, early morning bird walk, autumn bird watching week, etc. O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat offers such birding activities on a weekly basis and throughout the year to cater for all types of ‘birdos’, from apprentice to professionals. Through such activities, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat reinforces convention and conviction for eco-tourism in Australia.

If you interested in bird watching at O’Reilly’s , then just get close and personal with some of Lamington’s iconic and the most beautiful birds, such as King Parrots, Crimson Rosellas, or you might be lucky suffice to watch our ‘mascot’, the Regent Bowerbird.
You can also opt for a short walk around the Guesthouse and the surrounding rainforest as it offers the ideal opportunity to ‘meet the locals’. Our encouraging Early Morning Bird Walk operates daily at 6:45am, and is a great introduction to birding and the birds of the surrounding lush green natural area.

Visitors and guests at O’Reilly’s can get even more out of their retreat tour or stay in Lamington National Park by hiring a private bird activity guide to personally take them through the most productive regions. There is no substitute for local skills and knowledge. Our proficient and expert guides can take symbolic actions seriously and know the local area, the best waterfalls and lookouts, the nature hot spots.

They thoroughly recognize every birdcall and know the best suitable methods for locating each special bird species. While O’Reilly’s is demanding and famous for its fantastic rainforest surrounding atmosphere, the special birds that dwell within the region, the eco diversity of habitat is just a short drive away so that you can see an extensive array of species including, Glossy Ibis, Jabirus, Lathams Snipes, Dotterels, Whiskered Terns, Tawny Grassbirds, etc. We at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat discern culturally generated obstacles and pushes winsome faith in eco-tourism through varied birding activities.

Finding the Best Omega-3 Fish Oil with Additional Supplements for You

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The discovery of the healthy properties of Omega-3 fish oil had taken the world by storm since 1970, after scientists and researchers conducted their study on the lifestyle of the Greenland Inuit people. Nowadays, there are many companies manufacturing Omega-3 fish oil with many different supplements added to it, making it a pill that everyone can swallow. >

Purest Form of Fish Oil

There are many companies proclaiming that their product is the best fish oil supplement in the United States, but there is no harm in checking out their claims before you decide on which product to use. It is true that Omega-3 is truly like a wonder drug which can help you obtain benefits in various systems of the body like the brain, cardiovascular system, joints, eyes, etc. The main source of Omega-3 is fish oil and that is obtained from fatty fishes like sardines, cod, mackerel, trout, salmon, etc. Responsible companies marketing Omega-3 fish oil capsules get it from wild harvested ocean fish using the most modern methods to ensure that there are no toxins in the fish. The process used is called molecular distillation, and it is this which makes sure that there are absolutely no impurities in the oil, with only the purest form of essential fatty acids left behind.

Favorite of Top Athletes

Using the above-mentioned process, quality producers of Omega-3 capsules make sure that they provide their consumers with the best quality fish oil available in the United States of America. With a whole range of people using these products, from normal people to the highest echelon of athletes, they have to be certain that their products are of the purest form. Athletes are some of the people who are most benefited by using Omega-3 fish oil supplements as it provides them with the energy that they need to compete in energy-draining sports, and this gives them the extra stamina and power that they need.

Useful Supplementation

Of course, it should be remembered that fish is not the only source of the vital Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA; plants also produce ALA or alpha-linoleic acid which is usually found in greens and leafy vegetables like spinach, broccoli, lettuce and legumes like peas, kidney and mung beans. To make sure that all supplements are covered, some of the best nutritional companies have started making the best Omega 3 products with added supplements like iron, calcium, a whole range of vitamins, and other essential elements. This makes these supplements a very well balanced product, which covers the consumer for all eventualities. However, it is up to the consumer to see that they check out all the information available on the product before making a commitment to use it.

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Planning A Peacock Themed Wedding

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Start with a Peacock Themed Save the Date: It is always thoughtful to send out Save The Dates once you have secured the date and location of your wedding. You can also use your cards to introduce your peacock wedding theme by using the brilliant colors found in nature on your cards and/or including a peacock feather design on them. Save the Dates usually take the form of 1) postcards or magnets that are mailed via the post office, or 2) e-card using one of the many free services online (to find these services, go to your favorite search tool and type in free online save the dates or free save the date e-cards).

Next are your invitations: Invitations are a great way to creatively express your wedding information to your guests. Framing your invitation in one or more of the jewel tones found on a peacock as well as including an elegant image of peacock or peacock feather will further communicate the peacock theme. Already designed peacock invitations can readily be found online or at stationery stores.

Decor: My favorite way to decorate is through the use of bold, dramatic color (royal blue, lime, emerald and olive greens, gold, brown and plum) and then use peacock feathers as accents. And elegant way to introduce color is through the use of wedding chair sashes and bows as well as using peacock colored table runners. If you are using floral centerpieces, make sure to include peacock feathers in them. You can also use peacock themed place cards and table numbers to add to the dcor. Set out pillar candles in the many colors listed above throughout the room to further create ambiance.

Dessert: Thinking of having a peacock decorated wedding cake? Simply go to www.google.com/images and type in peacock wedding cake and youll finds thousands of photos for inspiration. If cupcakes are part of your dessert buffet, consider wrapping them in peacock cupcake wrappers.

Party Favors: It is always thoughtful and generous to send your guests home with a little thank you gift something to let them know that you appreciated that they celebrated with you. Peacock Wedding Favors are readily available including, peacock shaped cookies, peacock favor boxes, peacock feather wine stoppers, and peacock feather candles.