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- $25 Rebate From Manfrotto.
Buy a Manfrotto Tripod and Head between October 1st and January 31st, and receive a $25 Rebate!
- No Birdwalk on 10/7
There will not be a birdwalk on Saturday, October 7th (we'll be in Nova Scotia, yippeee!). See you on the 14th!
- No Birdwalk on 9/23.
Instead, join Derek aboard the annual Maine Audubon fall pelagic birding trip out of Bar Harbor!
- Maine Artist Feature Day #6: Sue Shane, Painter.
Join us here at the Wild Bird Center of Yarmouth for our 6th Maine Artisit Feature Day. On Saturday, September 2nd, we welcome Falmouth artist Sue Shane. Sue will be here from 10-4, displaying here works, including paintings of Maine birds.
- Maine Artist Feature Day #5: Judy Larson, Photographer.
Join us here at the Wild Bird Center of Yarmouth for our 5th Maine Artist Feature Day. On Saturday, August 12th, we welcome Cumberland nature photographer Judy Larson. Judy will be here from 10-4, displaying her works, including prints and notecards, of landscapes and wildlife.
- SECOND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!
SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2006
“RAPTORS AND REPTILES”
“Adaptations and Tools”
by The Center for Wildlife.
With assistance from live raptors and reptiles, we will examine how these animals use special "tools" and adaptations for survival, such as the hawk's talons, the turtle's shell, and the snake's tongue. What kind of equipment do they need to hunt and hide? Are they nocturnal, diurnal, or crepuscular? Carnivores, herbivores, or omnivores? Are they really ruthless killers or delicate ecosystem balancers? Raptors and Reptiles will answer these questions and more.
FREE ICED COFFEE AND FRESH POPCORN
- FREE HIKING BOOTS from Leica!
With a purchase of any Leica Ultravid binocular between now and December 31st, you will receive a free pair of Schnee's Hiking Boots (a $139.00 value!)
- Free Digiscoping CD Rom from Swarovski
With the purchase of any new Swarovski scope, you will receive a free CD-ROM on the growing hobby of "digi-scoping" (taking photos with a digital camera through a spotting scope)
This helpful CD-rom includes:
- Introduction to Digiscoping.
- Basics of Digiscoping.
- Glossary & FAQ's
- Digiscoping Tips & Tricks
- Camera Overview
- Importance of high-quality Digital Camera Adapters.
- Importance of high quaility spotting scopes.
- Digiscoping images.
- Importance of Tripod Heads and Tripods.
- The Truth About Red Dye and Hummingbirds
Colored “sugar” solutions for hummingbird feeders have been touted for a long time as being necessary to attract these birds to a feeder. Though backyard bird enthusiasts are encouraged to do what they can to maximize their chances of attracting these wonderful creatures to their yards, one element that must be avoided are the commercial hummingbird food mixes found on the market.
In particular, the red dye that is used in many of these solutions is toxic! Red mixes are formulated with Red Dye #40, a derivative of coal tar, a petroleum byproduct. Scientific studies have shown that this dye causes a variety of harmful effects in lab animals, including decreased reproductive rates and higher incidents of tumors and lesions, both internally and on the skin. Although studies have not been specifically conducted on hummingbirds, there is no reason to believe that the effects would not be harmful to them as well – but some evidence does point in the direction of kidney failure, cancerous lesions, and reproductive problem for hummingbirds consuming products containing Red Dye #40.
Admittedly, there is no conclusive proof that the dye is harmful to birds, but there is also no proof whatsoever that red dye is safe for birds. Why take the chance? What is even more frightening is that the maximum level of Red Dye #40 that is deemed safe by the World Health Organization in humans is exceeded in hummingbird solutions by hundreds fold (despite being a miniscule fraction of our size!)
The keys to successfully attracting hummingbirds to a feeder lie in the design of the feeder, location and use of a regularly refreshed solution of granulated, white table sugar (100% sucrose) and water in the proportion of 1:4. This mimics what is produced by a flower. All a feeder needs is something red to help identify it as a potential food source, therefore most hummingbird feeders are at least partially red in color. If a bird can’t find a feeder with a bright red base, then they won’t find it if it has red nectar inside. Placing the feeder among flowering plants popular with hummingbirds, like beebalm, quince, or salvia, also helps the bird find the feeder and make it more likely to hang around. Natural flower nectar is clear, not red, and the birds are seeking out red flowers of a particular shape, not the nectar itself.
Commercial mixes that contain dyes, flavoring (hummingbirds have a poorly developed sense of taste), or “nutritional additives” are nothing more than marketing to you – not to the hummingbirds! And, some of these solutions may be putting our hummingbirds at risk. We don’t want to kill them with kindness! Hummingbirds do not seek out hummingbird feeders for any nutritional value. They seek out the feeders to provide quick fill-ups of pure energy; the energy that the birds need to fuel that amazing flight, and power that rapid heartbeat in order to forage (for insects, mostly, that make up the protein and nutritional components of their diet).
So, save your money and the hummingbirds’ health by ONLY using homemade sugar water or a mix that contains nothing more than pure, white granulated sugar (we do sell "instant sugar", which for convience sake eliminates the boiling process) And don’t forget to change the solution every 3 – 5 days in the peak of the summer. The solution will go rancid and be of no interest to your birds if it is out for too long.
- Maine Artist Feature Days
Jeannette and I truly believe in promoting local artists. Unfortunately, we simply do not have enough room to display everyone's creations in the store. However, we certainly wanted to help in some way.
Therefore, we are pleased to announce our new "Maine Artist Feature Day" Series. One Saturday each month, a Maine artist will be at the store all day displaying their works. We offer the space - and a rented table or two if necessary - at no charge to the artist. It's a great opportunity for folks to get to know an array of local artists, their creations, and likewise give artists a free way of promoting their wares.
Maine artists are welcome to contact us. Photographers, writers, painters, sculptors, etc., etc., are all welcome. And, your work doesn't have to be "just birds" but, we are looking to focus on artists who feature nature, and especially the natural environment of Maine.
- Win a Puzzle!
The Bedazzle "Scramble Squares" puzzle challenge has arrived! Solve the puzzle in under 5 minutes, and win a FREE PUZZLE! Go ahead, give it a try!