Recent Blog Posts

  • Seth Kellogg's Birds of the Air: Some begging calls and mating songs are loud, but always welcome

    July 17, 2014
    A new feeder has done well in attracting summer birds to the yard. The cages have been retired for now, and a small, three-tiered platform hangs from the wire. Even the most athletic squirrel cannot find a launch pad to reach it.
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  • Seth Kellogg's Birds of the Air: Young Birds are beginning to leave the nest.

    July 8, 2014
    In mid June the Nestwatch Project researchers spent the morning in my yard, banding 15 of the 20 to 30 birds that were caught in their nets. Only certain species regularly found in suburban and urban yards were banded. One of these caught me by surprise, the black-capped chickadee.
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  • Seth Kellogg's Birds of the Air: Rails nesting in the swamps

    July 2, 2014
    The bobolinks in the meadow have gone suddenly silent. One day, three males were flying together singing a sweet trio. Since then there has been no sight or sound of any bobolink. Both adults and young are still there, however. They have simply reverted to their life of silent lurking.
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  • Summer Tips For Your Pet

    July 1, 2014
    We all love spending those long summer days outdoors with our pets. Let’s face it, they’re our furry companions and wherever we go, they go too. Keep in mind that like humans, not every pet can stand the heat.
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  • Should Your Pet Be Insured?

    July 1, 2014
    Every pet owner comes across this scenario at least once. The scenario of what will happen if my pet gets sick or requires surgery. Pets are not cheap, but to most they are family and you can't put a price on that. However, you can consider pet insurance.
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  • Seth Kellogg's Bird of the Air: Bobolinks nesting in the meadows

    June 24, 2014
    Some kinds of birds do not seem to be at home in the air. They cling to the earth like winged mammals, crouching and hiding from the eyes of hunters, usually those with greater wingspans. Most of these ground loving species live either in meadows or marshes.
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  • Seth Kellogg's Birds of the Air: Nesting loon marks finish of Vermont Trip

    June 18, 2014
    In spring it is best to look for songbirds in the morning, when the males are singing and most active. In the afternoon they keep busy with the chores of nesting and feeding, but since food is so plentiful, they might also take a summer siesta.
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  • Is It Time To Shoe Your Horse?

    June 1, 2014
    It might sound crazy to some, but like humans, horses need shoes too. To understand why a horse needs shoes I will answer two important questions. First, why does a horse wear shoes and second, how do you know when your horse needs shoes?
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  • Is Your Dog Socializing Enough?

    June 1, 2014
    Socializing your dog is the process of exposure and habituation to the environment around it. Socialization is important because in addition to genetics, it is the most important factor in determining the temperament of your dog.
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  • Seth Kellogg's Birds of the Air: Birds of Vermont

    May 31, 2014
    The struggle and madness of migration is over now, and both birds and bird lovers can settle down for the breeding season. The singing and egg-warming duties are easy-time for the birds, but the birders will be doing hard-time.
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