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A Pane in the Neck: Reflections on Birds and Windows

We’ve all heard it: the unmistakable thump of a bird smashing into a closed window. We rush outside to assess the situation. With luck, there’s either no bird there or it’s resting on the ground, panting and dazed, and flies away in a few minutes. Sometimes, the little one’s not so lucky. Window strikes are […]

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Garden Gate Episode: 133 – Annual Backyard Bird Count with guest Drew Monkman

  Drew Monkman is a retired teacher, author and local naturalist.  Drew has written the book “Nature’s Year in the Kawartha’s”, an updated version renamed “Nature’s Year” and co-written another “Big Book of Nature” with Jacob Rodenburg of the Kawartha Environment Centre. On this episode of The Garden Gate we talk about the Great Backyard […]

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Garden Gate: Episode 67 – Neonicotinoids – What are they and why are they bad? Guest Mark Bennett

Bees Chart Neonicotinoids

CHEX TV airdate: Friday July 10th, 5-6pm Click link to watch this episode online. We’ve been hearing a lot in the news about Neonicotinoids (Neonics). This relatively new class of insecticide affects the central nervous system of insects, resulting in paralysis and death. ?Plants that have been grown using Neonics are harmful to bees, butterfly’s […]

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Garden Gate: Episode 52-Discouraging large birds

Finch Feeder

CHEX TV airdate: Friday Dec. 12th, 2014 Click link to watch it here! Feeding and watching the birds is a wonderful past time. ?You can spend hours watching the chickadees coming in to grab a seed one after another. ?Polite little birds! Then there are the goldfinches. They have such a pretty song, I could […]

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Garden Gate: Episode 24 – Bella Luz studio

Hummingbird Night Light

CHEX TV air date: Friday Nov. 1st, 2013 Click here to view this episode of?The Garden Gate. This summer, my husband and I traveled to the West Coast to visit the Bella Luz studio just outside of Seattle, Washington. ? Artist Joline El-Hai has been creating her beautiful works for many years and welcomed us […]

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The 5 o’clock show, November 11th, 2012, A visit to The Avant-Garden Shop

5 o'clock show

Theresa Kazuba from CHEX TV visited The Avant-Garden Shop in late 2012 to learn more about backyard bird feeding and bird watching.? Special guest Drew Monkman also joined us for a segment of the program. Well worth watching if you’d like to learn more about choosing the right bird food, quality bird feeders and even […]

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Winter Bird Feeding

Pileated woodpecker

Feeding wild birds in Canada during the winter months requires some special consideration. Canadian winters are very cold and the nights are long, sources of water are often frozen and shelter remains a must for many fragile birds. Even grit, which birds require in order to digest food, can become quite scarce in midwinter when […]

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