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Gardening For Wildlife, Issue #004
February 19, 2007
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The calendar tells me that spring is more than a month away.


Spring fever is at a feverish pitch right now.

Yep, I've seem to hit a wall.

A bit of positive news is the weather forecast for this week.

Temperatures in the upper 30's and by Saturday the 40's

Be still my heart and break out the Copper Tone.

Maybe I can take the dogs with me on my walks once again.

If we get the rain that is forecast, it could make for a nice mess.

Let me take a moment to welcome the Northeast to winter.

I must say, you guys know how to have a good storm don't you?

Yolanda is starting a series of Botox shots on her legs to be followed by a series of castings.

Her feet are becoming severely curved that working with her is difficult at best.

Hopefully the shots and casts will assist in stretching out her muscles and tendons

For new readers, Yolanda is our girl that was in a car accident several years ago.

She is severely brain injured leaving her legally a quadriplegic (she does have some use of her right arm).

This past Thursday she had 8 shots in her left leg and casting will begin this week.

With each cast, the foot and calf will be stretched a bit more.

To be continued.

The Amaryllis are looking good and will start to open by tomorrow.

I know. most folks have Amaryllis for Christmas flowers.

We choose to have them bloom in February and March when we need the flower power the most.

If you have Amaryllis growing in the pots. be sure to give them direct light and feed them regularly.

Plant them outside after danger of frost and continue to feed and water.

Be sure to harden them off first.

We have the same bulbs from years past.

In fact, they will multiply.

I had something else to write about this week, but questions have popped up about the recalled peanut butter.

Feeding it to the birds or not.


Do not feed contaminated peanut butter or any contaminated food to birds or any creatures.

Salmonella is a serious bacteria.

One that causes illness and even death in humans.

Now think of what this can do to an already stressed bird that is simply trying to survive for today.

Salmonella is found in bird food as well.

Dirty, spoiled feed and seed.

It can also be passed by touching a contaminated person, bird or surface.

It is also passed on by bird droppings.

Birds leave their mark on feeders, trays and birdbaths.

Think seed trays and platform feeders where birds congregate.

Other birds come along...............

eat, drink and bathe where other birds have defecated.

Not a pretty picture is it?

From time to time, there will be a Salmonella outbreak in a given area.

When this happens, local and state agencies will request a ban on bird feeding for a period of time hoping the outbreak will run its course.

What's the saying?

When in doubt, throw it out.

Hey, all of God's creatures need a break once in awhile.

The Center for Disease Control has a boatload of information on Salmonella.

Now is as good of time as any to remind everyone to keep feeders and baths clean.

What a blessing to hear the cardinals singing once again.

A sign of the longer days and a reminder that spring is indeed around the corner.

A bird's song can brighten any day.

The winter hardy robins are becoming frequent visitors.

With the crab trees virtually depleted of fruits, I take some raisons and soak them in warm water.

After they have plumped up, I will place some on a deck rail and string some in bunches and place them on the crab tree.

A nice treat for robins and the cedar waxwings.

Cranberries will work, though birds can be picky at times.

Early last Wednesday I awoke to a mess of rabbit fur under one of the feeding stations.

My guess is the bunny was bush whacked by a Great horned owl.

We have plenty of rabbits around here and I know there is a pair of owls in the woods nearby.

I often hear them on a winter's night and will see a silhouette on a tree top once in awhile.

Because of these giant birds, I must keep an eye on Keet when I let her out at night.

Rabbits and skunks, I'm sure an owl wouldn't mind a little pooch as well.

Say, We haven't done a favorite birds letter in quite sometime.

Even if you have given a bird(s) before, let's do it again.

We're always getting new readers so they can read about your birds and maybe share theirs as well.

That goes for you too Great Britain

Remember, your favorites along with your FIRST name only, city or city you are near and your state/province.

Well <>

It's time to fly for now. Remember to wear your best smile (even if you've hit a wall).

It is easier to share a smile than a frown.

Share your smile with at least one stranger this week.

As always,

"Treat the earth well:
It was not given to you by your parents,
It was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our
Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

PS. Please feel free to pass this letter on to friends and family

Gardening For Wildlife.

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