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Garden Tips: Marching Into Spring

The days are getting longer, and the Northern Cardinals and American Robins are singing up a storm! Things start getting busier in March in the bird world as our year-round-resident cavity-nesting species start courtship and breeding behaviours. Male songbirds use song to define and defend their territories, as well as to attract females. Woodpeckers use […]

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Garden Tips: The Woodpeckers, Chickadees, & Nuthatches come Marching in

You may have noticed a loud, sweetly-whistled “Spring’s here!” in recent weeks. This is the song of the Black-capped Chickadee (as is the three-parted “Cheese-bur-ger!”). Many of our year-round bird residents are cavity nesters. Chickadees, nuthatches, and some woodpeckers stay here through the winter, and they’ll start their courtship activities in March. Chickadees Black-capped Chickadees […]

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Garden Gate: Episode 106 – The Paddling Puppeteers

Chex TV airdate: Friday Jan. 6th, 2017 To watch this episode online click link here.   On this episode I’m joined by Glen Caradus of The Paddling Puppeteers at The Kawartha Environment Centre. I’ve known Glen since we worked together at Peterborough Green-Up in the ’90’s. He’s always had a special way with kids, frogs […]

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Garden Gate: Episode 99 – Getting birds ready for colder weather (Sept. 30, 2016)

CHEX TV airdate: Friday Sept. 30th 5-5:30pm Click link to watch this episode online. As the days get shorter and the nights longer (and colder) birds need to fuel up on high energy food to survive. In the winter when the nights are long and VERY cold, birds need to eat from dawn till dusk […]

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Garden Gate: Episode 21-Suet and Peanut Feeders

Fatball Feeder Ring

CHEX TV air date: Fri. Sep. 20th, 2013 Click here to view this episode of ?The Garden Gate. Blue Jays, woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatches and many other birds love peanuts and suet.? Even cardinals! The peanuts and suet give them the extra carbohydrates they need to stay warm through the long winter nights. There are a […]

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