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Almonte Civitan Fish Fry – Friday, June 17

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CANCELLED – MMLT Annual Spring Walk at Blueberry Mountain 

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Science & NatureNatureGet creative on your birdhouses

Get creative on your birdhouses

The floodgates are opening!

Birdhouse Bonanza is expanding to encompass the concept of “it takes a village to raise the birds.” Several bird house builders are looking to encourage more than nesting with bird feeders, hummingbird feeders, and even birdbaths. So here’s the challenge:  create something more than a house. Make a birdbath, a feeder, even a container for birdhouse materials like alpaca wool or your dog’s winter shedding.  (Oh yes, birds will like to line a nest with that!)

A feeder can be made of PVC pipe, a log with holes drilled for peanut butter or suet, or a tray where seed-eaters can easily pick up food.  The downside? The squirrels will be there before you can say “Dinner’s ready”! How can you get around that? Check out or for ideas and easy builds.

Hummingbird feeders can be made of pop bottles or glass containers that can be painted.  A cork or rubber stopper with a small plastic tube will be enough to attract the hummingbirds. will get you started. Be sure you never use food colouring in your feeder. You could poison the very birds you want to attract!

Birdbaths are limitless! A garbage can lid, a shallow bowl, anything with a lip where the birds can perch before their ablutions are all that the birds want. No need to provide towels. Bonus: you could attract butterflies with a bit of citrus fruit or bananas on the side!

When your project is ready, contact  or with a picture of your creation and we will help you get it registered for the auction. Entries must be in before April 14. The auction will run from April 18-29.

All proceeds from Birdhouse Bonanza will go to the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust for the upkeep of the High Lonesome Nature Reserve near Pakenham.




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