A Touch of Nature – 2/15/03 – The Herbs Place

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A TOUCH OF NATURE
February 15, 2003 Issu
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DONNA’S COMMENTS
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Hi Everybody!

I hope everybody had a nice Valentine’s Day. I love the first half of the month of February because it’s a time when people are compelled to tell people they love them. It’s also a time when you see a lot of red around and red is energizing. In the midst of winter, that is heartwarming in itself.

If nobody had the heart to tell you they love you, let me be only one day late in doing so! I love each one of you because we share a love for nature.

Speaking of hearts…and nature!

Did you know that the Blue Whale has a heart the size of a car and yet only pumps 5-6 times a minute? Would you believe that the hummingbird’s heart is larger than the Blue Whale’s heart if you’re talking proportionately?

If you haven’t visited Healthy Pet Corner yet, stop by and look around. I am adding to the site each week and will soon be adding more types of pets. It’s been a fun project and it’s been a great way to get the word out about healthy pet foods which are so critical for our pets because when you learn what’s in most of the pet foods out there, you’ll know why animals are getting so many diseases.

It’s not to late to share your own heart with somebody. Make somebody’s day bright and tell them you love them. Now! 🙂

Huggers to you!
Donna

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CRITTER FACTS
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GLOBAL WARMING AFFECTS CRITTERS TOO

This web site has excellent photos and documentation of climate change based on peer-reviewed, documented scientific studies.

OPOSSUMS

The opossum (properly, the Virginia opossum÷Didelphis virginiana) is the only marsupial found north of Mexico. Marsupials are distinguished by their unique mode of reproduction: The young are born in an almost embryonic form and make their way to the pouch in their mother’s abdomen, where they are nourished for what in other mammals would be most of the gestational period..

Opossums are found throughout much of the United States and north into parts of southeastern Canada. Opossums have thrived despite human alterations to the landscape.

Opossums are undoubtedly more beneficial to humans as consumers of undesirable insects, snails, and slugs than they are harmful to people for any damage they cause. If you see an opossum in your yard and wonder what, if anything, you should do, the best reaction is patience. The animal will likely move on in short order and should not be a threat or concern. While it is unlikely that they’ll plunder your garden or trash cans, the most effective methods for discouraging visits by opossums or other urban wildlife are to secure trash containers with tight-fitting lids, secure pet doors at night, and pick up food bowls at night if pets have been fed outdoors.

For more information and ideas, .

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THOSE AMAZING BIRDS!
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BAKCYARD BIRDING IN WINTER

More than 52 million people feed their backyard birds. Although birds forage on their own, feeders add a much needed supplement to their diet.

Here’s a few helpful hints to enhance your bird watching experience.

– Keep your feeders full and offer varying types of seed to attract the most variety of birds.

– Suet provides a great source of energy. Buy premade or make your own.

– If ground or platform feeding, limit the quantity of seed so it doesn’t get soggy and moldy.

– Make sure the snow under the feeders is matted down. This makes life easier on the ground feeding birds such as juncos and cardinals.

– Birds need drinking water even more in winter with most sources frozen.

Use a heater in the birdbath or add boiled water at least once a day to provide a time when they can drink. Birds still bathe even in winter.

Source: The Blue Ridge Mountain Messenger (Jan.-Mar. 2003)

REMINDER: BACKYARD BIRD COUNT: February 14-17

Scientists and bird enthusiasts can learn a lot by knowing where the birds are. Now that winter has gripped much of the continent, what are our birds doing? Bird populations are dynamic, they are constantly in flux. We want to take a snapshot of North American bird populations and YOU can help us. Everyone’s contribution is important. It doesn’t matter whether you identify, count, and report the 5 species coming to your backyard feeder or the 75 species you see during a day’s outing to a wildlife refuge. Your data can help us answer many questions.

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GARDENING FOR WILDLIFE- Restoring the Balance
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SPRING PLANNING & PLANTING
ATTRACTING BIRDS AND OTHER WILDLIFE TO YOUR GARDEN

With winter surrounding us, grays and browns abound in the garden. It’s time to cuddle up with colorful plant catalogs, think spring and ponder safe habitats for birds and other wildlife.

Did you know that even a small yard can be landscaped to attract butterflies, beneficial insects, small animals and, of course, BIRDS? The way in which we care for our backyards and neighborhoods has a direct impact on the quality and health of the environment for all of us –birds, butterflies, and humans, too.

We can all make a difference restoring and preserving natural habitats and biodiversity in our own communities. By cultivating habitat for birds, you contribute in a valuable way to reclaiming the natural world that has been radically changed by humans.

The rest of the story with ideas

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"GREEN" INFO- Making It a Way of Life!
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YOUR HOME DOESN’T HAVE TO STINK 🙂

We use an AromaBall with our favorite scents to make our home smell good. However, during the winter months, instead of favorite aromas, it’s better to choose something that will also kill germs and bacteria and viruses that seem to spread so easily in a closed-up house.

Essential oils have become so popular because of the toxicity of the common chemical air freshners that cause cancer. If your store has current supplies of these, you’ll find this printed on them: "This product is banned in California because it causes cancer."

Break into the 21st century and begin using essential oils. They come from plants and if you get a 100% pure source of oil, you’ll be amazed at what they can do. Read More About Essential Oils

If you want to replace your air freshners with a safe choice, here’s more information on kits to do that

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MUSINGS: POETRY & PROSE
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"The beauty and genius of a work of art may be reconceived,
though it’s first material expression be destroyed; a vanished harmony may yet again
inspire the composer; but when the last individual of a race of living
things breathes no more, another heaven and another earth must pass before
such a one can be seen again." — William Beebe, 1906

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GOOD NEWS ABOUT OUR PLANET
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ENDANGERED SPECIES LEGISLATION ENACTED IN CANADA
by David Milner

The Species at Risk Act, whichprovides a variety of protections for members of endangered species and the habitats in which they live, has been enacted by the Canadian government. The Act, which fulfills a commitment the government made during the Convention on Biological Diversity held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992, is the first federal legislation of its kind to become law in Canada.

"Protecting species at risk is a shared responsibility of all governments in Canada," said Minister of the Environment David Anderson. "This Act ensures the federal responsibility is met."

In order for a species to be protected by the provisions of the Act, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada must declare it to be "threatened," "endangered" or "of special concern." All species so declared by the end of 2001 are currently covered, but the blue whale, screech owl, grey fox and 58 other species added to the "at risk" list during 2002 are not.

"Though legally the federal Cabinet could wait nine months before finalizing the listing of these 61 species, we call upon Environment Minister Anderson and his colleagues to act as quickly as possible to address this serious backlog," said International Fund for Animal Welfare Canadian National Director Dr. Rick Smith. "Incredible species like the blue whale shouldn’t have to wait any longer. The new era of endangered species protection in Canada needs to start off on the right foot."

© 2002 Animal News Center, Inc.

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