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How to create a field guide to your backyard with your kids - great idea from Nat'l Wildlife Federation, plus other good links #nature #field_guide #kids

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{Food & Gardening} Creating a Backyard Habitat

for the birds Got a bundt pan? Ok, fill it will cranberries, bird seed, nuts add water and freeze. Hang with a strong string and watch the birdies and squirrels enjoy a meal.

  • Sue Beseke

    Birds’ feet lack sweat glands and stay dry, so there is no danger of them freezing to metal perches or ice.


    Thanks for the info Sue! Very good to know!

  • Linda Justus

    One of my favorite things to do is enjoy my birds. My Mom was a birder (cardinals her favorite), and they just bring so much joy. Can't wait to do this for my feathered friends.

  • Ann Smitt

    Thanks Sue and all others who commented. Enjoy birding this winter with homemade suet, seed ornaments, jams, jellies, and a bundt.

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Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas for Porches and Gardens : An old pedestal sink repurposed into a garden birdbath.