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Owner Mark McKellar is a wildlife biologist with over 25 years of bird study experience.

 

 

 

 

 

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Adding Water For The Birds

 by Ruth Simmons, photos by Morgan McKellar


    Do you have a section of the yard that is hard to mow or would you like to accent your garden? Why not think larger than a birdbath and go with a recirculating creek? The wonderful concept of the Avian Aquatics Bird Creek is that it can be adapted to your landscape, whether large or small, steep or flat.

    First survey your area and get the general outline for the water’s course and gather supplies: pond liner, creek gravel, landscape rock, level, shovel, hose, work gloves, plants, and kit. Depending on the location, you may need to have an electrician run a line to your site.

      Then create level areas for each dish and dig out the area for the pond and pump.

         I highly recommend that you line the entire length of your creek with pond liner to prevent leakage.

   After digging and leveling; put the liner, dishes, and pump in place and do a practice run to see how the water flows. As you add the gravel the flow will change, so you can adjust as you need to.

   Now you are ready to landscape with the rocks. The rock that Mark used came from Cripple Creek, they have a good selection of size and color and their prices were very reasonable. During this time check to see that the water does not escape by traveling across the rocks. Keep it in the creek! Wet dirt off to the side of the creek is a good indicator of escaping water. Add plants around and in the water and you are finished!

  Relax and enjoy the sound of the water and watch the birds enjoy it too.

 

    

 



  Pet Items

After years of requests, we have finally brought in a few “house” pet items for sale. It started with a search for high quality dog food for our own animals and has led to a section of the store dedicated to our furry friends. Earthborn Holistics dog food is a high end dog food that has really impressed everyone who has tried it. Our dogs as well as dogs of the first few customers that have reported back in all say their dogs choose it soundly over their old food. Check their website: www.earthbornholisticpetfood.com for details on all of their ingredients and formulas. Does you pet spend time outside in the winter months? We now carry the heated dog bowl we’ve used for the past three winters. It never freezes over. Dogs and cats need toys to occupy their time. We did some recommendations. Our two dogs are having loads of fun with the Hide-a-Squirrel.
We love our pets and we want to be healthy and happy. Don’t forget them this holiday season!

"Miley" Photo by Morgan McKellar

 


Winter Tilley hats are nearly as popular as their classic Tilleys. With fold down ear flaps and forehead warmers, they are a far more stylish way to keep your head warm than a stocking cap. They too have the lifetime warranty and the endorsement for skin cancer protection from the Mayo Clinic. We also have the new color Herringbone Brown in stock.


Project FeederWatch has helped us monitor the population growth of birds like this Carolina Wren.
Photo by Rick Jordahl


 
PROJECT FEEDER WATCH

Join us for the 2011-2012 season of Project FeederWatch.  It’s not too late to get involved. Counts go from November 15 through April 9. If you only want to count once then contact Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary in Liberty (816000-781-8598). For more information on Project FeederWatch visit www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw or call 800-843-BIRD (2473). There is a $15.00 fee to pay for materials.

 


   


SOME OF OUR MOST REQUESTED GIFT ITEMS EACH YEAR
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Ruth likes a hood to keep the snow off your feeders.

Joyce likes the mailbox wraps with a different bird for every season.

John likes a new Aspects feeder with the new EZ Clean base.

Mark likes the easy to clean Kozy Bird Spa heated bird bath.
   
   
   
 
 

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