Birdwatching in Urban Areas

Andrew Redden is an avid backyard birdwatcher. From his rear window, he has, on various occasions, spied doves, robins, cardinals, blue jays, three varieties of sparrow, finches, mockingbirds, catbirds, and juncos. He’s even spotted a group of parrots that make regular visits to a neighbor’s tall mulberry tree, squawking up a storm as they gorge on the sweet, sticky fruit. His “yard,” by the way, measures 30 by 20 feet

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Positive side effects of pet ownership for children

Dogs and other animals can help children cope with a variety of ailments — depression, emotional disorders, and even poor immune function. Pets are also good preventive medicine for healthy children to help them avoid developing allergies, increasing weight, or becoming social outcasts.  Pets can also teach children empathy and compassion. “Children in dog-owning families have more traditional values, better academic achievement, and greater respect for their parents,” said Elizabeth

Stress in Dogs and How to Manage It

Stress in dogs can come from a variety of sources, including trauma, physical restraint, change of routine, boredom and separation, to name a few. Being aware of these things can help you minimize stress in your dog’s life. “It’s a dog’s life.” How often have we heard that? But what is it really like to be a pet dog living in a human home? Try to see it from the

What should your Sugar Glider eat?

Sugar gliders should be fed a variety of foods appropriate for insectivorous/carnivorous animals. A commercially prepared insectivorous diet should be fed up to 50% of the total intake, particularly for active breeders. Leadbeater’s mixture* can be cooked and fed as the other primary food source (approximately 25%). In addition, 20-25% of the daily intake by volume can be made of chopped produce – specifically apple, grapes, mango, papaya, carrot, sweet

Housing for your African pygmy hedgehog

Here are some tips for the best possible housing for your hedgehog: be a smooth-walled enclosure that is high enough to prevent escape. Aquariums 20 gallon or larger are acceptable contain newspaper or recycled material bedding to a depth of several inches and should be changed frequently and kept dry be maintained in the optimum environmental temperature range of 75-85 F include accessories for climbing/hiding: box, untreated fruit tree log

Budgie Parakeets: Your comprehensive guide

What to expect from your Budgie Budgerigars (commonly referred to as “parakeets” or “budgies”) are quiet, intelligent, nondestructive birds that are easy to care for. They are the most popular and numerous of companion birds because of their relatively gentle, gregarious and entertaining personalities. They do not tend to bond with an individual person and frequently interact with all family members. Budgerigars are capable of developing a large vocabulary (perhaps

Converting Hubby to a Cat Lover

Q: We moved to the country and built a house where we have few neighbors. There are lots of cats outside, and they’re multiplying. I began to put out milk and food. There’s a friendly tomcat and I’m planning to trap him and another gentle cat and spay or neuter them and then keep them around as our pets. My only problem is my husband, who hates cats. He’s allergic