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(BPT) - Fabulous food, pretty presentation and attention to detail can earn you a reputation as an amazing host among your human guests. But when you serve your feathered friends, are you committing a feeding faux pas that you fear may prove unforgivable?
Marana resident Donna Prezelski saw this male Anna's hummingbird at their feeder.
What started as a small operation out of a Bisbee garage 32 years ago has evolved into one of the most well known mom-and-pop bird-enthusiast stores in Arizona.
Oro Valley residents Larry and Candy Kincaid have seen some bats visiting, and draining, their hummingbird feeder at night. Send your photos to email@example.com. Please include your name, contact information and details about the photo, including who took it, where it was taken and the subject.
Oro Valley residents Angie and Mike Naish routinely have had bats come and feed out of their hummingbird feeder during their migration this year.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in cooperation from the Town of Marana and Bat Conservation International, are seeking help from the public as the Nighttime Hummingbird Feeder Bat Monitoring Project resumes for 2011.
In years past, citizen scientists have volunteered numerous hours each summer to monitor their hummingbird feeders for those two bats. Such observations, including photos, provide valuable information that allows for better understanding of the bats’ behaviors.
February is National Bird Feeding Month. The birds are really hoping you will celebrate because the freezes we have experienced this winter have ravaged their food sources. While it is nice to add feeders to your garden, it seems like cheating somehow. Plus you may attract the non-native birds that crowd out our desert adapted birds.
Reader photo While up in the White Mountains Wilderness area, northwest resident Claire Klingler snapped this shot of a couple of humming birds circling a feeder.
Arizona Game and Fish Department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and local researchers are seeking volunteers from Marana, Avra Valley and the Northwest to monitor use of their home hummingbird feeders by nectar-feeding bats.
Contributed photo, The lesser long-nosed bat is one of two species known to feed on nectar in hummingbird feeders in Southern Arizona.
The kids are home from school, and you have some days off.
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If you've ever been curious about bats, and particularly in their night feeding habits, then the town of Marana and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have an opportunity for you.
courtesy photo/Fish and Wildlife Service, Bats feed at a hummingbird feeder in this photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The agency and the town of Marana are looking for volunteers to participate in a bat and hummingbird feeder study.
Endangered Lesser Long- Nose Bat feeding at Hummingbird Feeder, Oro Valley Oct 2, 2008 [copyright Clement see Metadata. This may be submitted to other for publication or study as well. Computer controlled digital camera]
Some people believe that the only good insect is a dead insect. While it is true that there are some bad bugs out there, there are many more kinds of good bugs doing their part to keep the bad bugs in check. The ratio is actually about 99 percent good insects, 1 percent pests.
Hummingbird was waiting patiently while I got feeders out and refilled.
There are a number of men in my life who are fathers. This includes my academic "father" who helped me get my degree, my brother who raised a really cool kid and a dear friend who gives hours of his time to kids who don't have dads in their lives. I want to get them something for Father's Day, but what?
After years of being asked by their customers when they were going to open a store in the Northwest, Jon and Shani Friedman have finally answered the question, opening the Wild Bird Store II in the Trader Joe's shopping center, 7854 N. Oracle Road, Nov. 1.
No, the title is not a typographic error. We do things a little differently in the Southwest, as you folks who have moved here from back East realize by now. In the East, spring cleaning is done after the long winter months of confinement. In Tucson, we do our "spring cleaning" after the long - summer - months of confinement. East or West, spring cleaning is a time to clean everything, air out the house, and turn over the garden for planting. The clutter inside is cleaned up, and the clutter outside needs to be cleaned up too.
Gardening is the number one pastime in America, according to a recent Gallup Poll. The term "gardening" covers a lot of territory. To some it means growing food for the table, to others it means trimming the yard into precise geometric forms, while others simply putter about with this and that in the yard. Gardeners can be divided into many categories. Organic or not, formal or informal designers, Darwinistic (survival of the fittest) or fussers, and tool users or not. With Father's Day just around the corner, it is time to consider what kind of gardener your dad is. Then head to a nursery or garden center for some really personal gifts for pop. There are many imaginative, useful gifts available at these garden places, including tools, plants, seeds, containers, books, pond kits, tools, accessories, tools, gadgets and more tools.
Of course the best gift you can give a parent is to become an honest, upright, self-sufficient person, but that's a long term gift, and it is nice to reward the mother in your life with a more tangible, physical gift once in a while. If you draw a blank as you meander the halls of the malls, try heading in another direction and visit a nursery or garden center.