Making a Nesting Site for Great Horned Owls

Great Horned Owlets Photo Credit: Stan Tekeila One of the best ways to control rodentsis the old fashioned and completely non-toxic way – reliance on the hunting skills of owls. Some owls, like Great Horned Owls, are especially effective at this during nesting season and are often found in orchards or on farm woodlots. They will nest out in the open, […]

3 Billion Birds Gone – What Can I Do To Help?

If you are asking this question after reading about the study showing 3 billions birds are gone since 1970,  you White-throated Sparrow Photo Credit: Deborah Rivel are not alone as the enormity of the numbers of birds lost is difficult to comprehend.  Some of the hardest hit birds are ones we see most often  – White-throated Sparrows, Red-winged […]

 Kestrels in My Backyard

 Kestrels in My Backyard American Kestrel, Cuba Photo Credit: Deborah Rivel Nothing beats having a colorful Kestrel nesting in your yard.  The smallest of the North American falcons, they are found throughout North America in open areas and grasslands, and adapt well to suburban areas.   Kestrels eat insects as well as small birds and […]

Purple Martins Coming Your Way

Purple Martins Coming Your Way Want to have Purple Martins in your backyard this year?   If you are willing to commit to some early spring planning, you can find find the right house and install it after the  Purple Martin “scouts”  arrive in your area. The first ones to arrive at the nesting site are older birds hoping to […]

Welcome Barn Owls!

Barn Owls are fairly common residents in most of North America, but they are a species in decline and could use some help.  They frequently nest or roost in abandoned barns or buildings.  They also have a long history of rodent control on farms and ranches, and many farmers know the benefits of attracting a […]

Welcome Purple Martins To Your Backyard

Time to get ready for returning migrants!  One of the earlier returning birds is also one of the friendliest and most social  — the pretty and chatty Purple martin.  Over one million North Americans put up houses each year for Martins, so if you haven’t tried attracting them to your yard, now is a perfect […]