Did you know that Saturday, May 13 was International Migratory Bird Day? “Migration is on the run! Yeah! Many warblers have to Wells Forest in the last few days,” writes longtime NRCM member Pam Wells of Old Town, Maine, who shared these photos of some of her visitors over the weekend. To see past My… Continue Reading
Children will eventually inherit the planet. Raise them to value the environment by encouraging their love of nature. Keep a bird feeder in clear view of a window—have a bird book handy and help them identify what they see. A pair of binoculars can also help. Keeping a family bird list on the fridge listing… Continue Reading
About a billion birds are killed each year by colliding with windows. Help birds steer clear of windows by putting a visible pattern of tape on your large windows and glass doors. Or paint a seasonal design on the glass with nontoxic tempera paint. Decals may also help, as birds see them as objects to… Continue Reading
Spring migration is here and birds are at risk. House cats kill 200 million birds a year. Cats are not a natural part of the environment, and birds and other wildlife are paying the price. Keep cats inside—good for birds, safer for your pet. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip… Continue Reading
“Watching nature do what nature does can be very entertaining. Seeing wildlife and geographic shows on television, considering vast improvements in photographic technology, can be a breath-taking experience. Seeing it first hand, and providing your own story line has its own remarkable rewards. It’s with those thoughts that I share my weekly NatureShots photo files… Continue Reading
When choosing plants for your yard, include perennials that offer food for wildlife. Birds and small mammals benefit from fruit- and nut-bearing shrubs without doing the plants any harm. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.
Many Maine birds use nest boxes, or “bird houses,” for raising their young—bluebirds, Tree Swallows, and chickadees, for example. Different species prefer nesting habitat, so place your bird house appropriately. Make sure the entry hole is right for the species, and secure the house to withstand strong winds. A predator guard will add protection for… Continue Reading
Put fallen tree limbs in a pile to provide a place where birds can hide from predators (including neighborhood cats) and find shelter during storms. Keep your brush pile in a corner of the yard but within view so you can watch and enjoy the wildlife using this bit of habitat you’ve created. To view… Continue Reading
This photo of a Barred Owl was taken in Jefferson earlier this month by NRCM member Kathy Sparrow of Jefferson, Maine. To see past My Maine This Week photos, or to submit a photo of your own to be featured on our website, please visit www.nrcm.org/our-maine/my-maine-this-week.