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The BestNest.com Newsletter offers fascinating content on backyard birding and wildlife conservation as well as information about upcoming specials, additional online content, and new product offerings.

IN THIS ISSUE:
We have many products currently on sale. The products below are just a few!

Wild Bills Electric Squirrel-Free Bird Feeder, 8 ports
Sale $109.95
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Williamsburg Pineapple Fountain on 21" Wil. Stand
Sale $349.95
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Vari-Crafts The Bouncer, Squirrel Proof Feeder
Sale $74.95
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Droll Yankees Big Top, Squirrel Proof, Beige
Sale $59.99
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We are very excited about the new products we have to offer this month. The Wild Bills Squirrel proof feeders have proven to be excellent in eliminating squirrel problems. When a squirrel touches any two metal contacts on the feeder, it receives a mild electric shock, and squirrels quickly learn to stay away! The Birdsong Identiflyer is an excellent tool for learning the songs of over 100 birds - a great gift for any nature lover!

We have recently added many new products, the products below are just a few!

Wild Bills Electric Squirrel-Free Bird Feeder, 12 ports
Now $139.95
Ships in 24 hrs
John Deere Absolute Feeder
Now $89.95
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Birdsong Identiflyer
Now $34.99
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Classic Deck Hanger
Now $29.95
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Only one bird can fly backwards and upside down, perform backward somersaults and 45 mile per hour dives, and travel 500 miles nonstop across the Gulf of Mexico: the hummingbird. These miniature spectacles can be found all across North America, but require specific basic elements in their habitats. Donít go searching for a hummingbird habitat - you can create one just outside your home! Hummingbirds can be enticed to your yard by creating areas of varying sun and shade, natural flowers and other vegetation, nesting options, accessible water, and food sources.

The first thing to consider when creating a habitat for hummers is the amount of sunlight and shade in the yard. If thereís too much of one and too little of the other, you may want to add or chop down some vegetation in the yard. There should be varying levels of natural light as well as areas of vegetation for cover and nesting.

An inviting hummingbird habitat contains all sorts of plant life: tall and short trees and shrubs, grass, and, of course, flowers. When choosing which types of flowers to garden, keep in mind that a more diverse selection means a greater chance of attracting humminbirds. Many flowers are specially adapted for hummingbird feeding, such as those with long and thin stems, tops that hang or point downward, no fragrance, and a red, tubular appearance. Plant some flowers with these features and others without, and try to keep them blooming at different times. If possible, when making your habitat, include bare tree limbs as perches so that the birds can survey their territory from many different angles.

In addition to providing a habitat with varying light levels and an array of flowering and non-flowering vegetation, it is helpful to provide nesting material. Hummingbirds find plant fibers quite useful for building nests. Natural fibers from willow trees during seed dispersal are often used. Hummers may use hair, thread and or other fibers as well.

Providing a water source is critical. Hummingbirds have no problems using sprinklers or brooks for water sources, but you may consider setting out a birdbath. Water for drinking and bathing are essential.

In addition to natural food sources, you may consider offering nectar in a hummingbird feeder. Nectar feeders are relatively inexpensive, and you can make your own nectar by mixing 1 part ordinary white granulated sugar with 4 parts water. It is best not to add any food coloring or dye as it may be harmful to the hummingbirds. Nectar solutions can spoil quickly, so make sure that you change your nectar solution every 3-4 days.

Your backyard will prove to be an inviting hummingbird habitat in no time!




Newly reported cases of the West Nile Virus seem to be in the news every day. We are seeing citywide and statewide spraying for mosquitos and other measures taken for mosquito control. Although spraying may help to reduce mosquito populations, it is an expensive method of control as well as a method which may cause other unknown results. Any time humans intervene with the balance of nature (especially through the widespread use of harmful chemicals), our actions often lead to negative consequences.

Natural methods for controlling mosquito populations may prove best. Bats eat thousands of mosquitos each night. Due to the cutting of trees and the destruction of their habitats, bat populations are down. By providing habitats and housing for bats, we help to renew the population of bats and help to control growing mosquito popultions.



CONGRATULATIONS to Timothy Hutcherson who just won a new Aspects Hummzinger Original, 12 oz! To claim your prize, please send an email to customerservice@bestnest.com and include your address information and telephone number. We may follow-up with a phone call to verify your address information and identity. Congratulations!

Next issue, our winner will receive a new:
 
Bat House - Rustic
$37.95

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