We had a lot of fun in our December/January issue with a story called “Pour, Enjoy, Create.” We challenged ourselves to find the most creative and innovative ideas for making nature-inspired gifts from recycled wine bottles and wine corks. It was so much fun to research, and we were absolutely blown away with all the creative ideas out there! We featured six projects (along with step-by-step DIY instructions) in the issue. We also highlighted some really cool bird-inspired wines we discovered while working on this feature. If you’re not a subscriber to Birds & Blooms, be sure to check out the December/January issue on a newsstand near you. And in the meantime, here are five of the projects in all their glory, along with a link to Etsy stores where you can buy them yourself. We love supporting independent artists and handmade items around the holidays, so we encourage you to go show them some love!
Wine cork birdhouse from Leslie Condialdi’s Etsy shop.
Wine bottle bird feeder from Sandy and Bruce Swan’s Etsy shop.
Wine cork plant tray. Get our instructions in the latest issue, or buy one from an independent artist on Etsy.
Wine bottle wind chimes from Rosie Carson’s Etsy shop.
Wine cork wreath from Brittany Kress Gibson’s Etsy store.
Green jay photo by Rop Ripma.
Hi everyone! I’m feeling very excited and lucky to be headed down to the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. I’ve never been this far south in Texas, and I know there are lots of birds there that I’ve never seen before.
To make things a little more fun, I thought I would do a little contest. Guess how many TOTAL bird species I’ll see during my trip, and I will send you a fun prize from my office. It could be books, it could be a bird feeder…it’s going to be a surprise!
Now I’ll be in Rio Grande Valley from today (Friday, November 8) through Monday morning (November 11). The person closest to guessing my total number of bird species will be the winner. If there’s a tie, I will send multiple prizes! Just post a comment here with your guess for the chance to win. Guesses must be placed by tomorrow morning (Saturday, November 9) at 10 am.
By the way, don’t forget to check out our new blogger’s post on feeder birds in the valley. Rob has been there all this week. Check out his post and photos here.
I love our Backyard Photo Contest. The quality of entries never case to amaze me. We’d like to send out a big congratulations to these finalists. They will all receive $50 for making it this far. Then each category winner will receive an additional $100. (Voting is open now. Please vote via our Facebook page.)
The three category winners will be announced in early December, and we’ll have a final round of voting to crown our Grand Prize winner who will receive $1,000! Please join me in offering these great photographers a “congratulations” and don’t forget to go vote!
FINALISTS FOR OUR BIRDS CATEGORY
- Patty Jennings, Stacyville, Maine
- Robert Howson, Kirkland, Washington
- Neal Zaun, Boulder, Colorado
- Joe Povenz, Grandville, Michigan
FINALISTS FOR OUR BLOOMS CATEGORY
- Marissa Davis, Utica, Ohio
- Jan Miner, Clay, New York
- Caroline Brown, San Diego, California
- Calvin Schoenleben, St. Cloud, Minnesota
FINALISTS FOR OUR BUTTERFLY CATEGORY
- Terri Chapman, Burbank, California
- Carol Lynne Fowler, Seeley Lake, Montana
- Warren Whaley, Columbus, Indiana
- Douglas Beall, Salem, Oregon
We’re pretty proud of our new online education class, All About Hummingbirds. We wanted to give you a way to sample the class, so we put together this quick video with excerpts from the program. Check it out:
By the way, those experts you seen in the video are Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman. They are some of my favorite bird people around, and they have impressive backgrounds. Kenn Kaufman is a lifelong naturalist and the originator and editor of the Kaufman Field Guides series. Kenn burst onto the North American birding scene as a teenager, hitchhiking around the continent in pursuit of birds, an extended journey he later chronicled in his memoir Kingbird Highway. He’s been teaching people about birds since the 1980s. Kenn married Kimberly in 2005. Now the executive director of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory in Oak Harbor, Ohio, she has been studying birds for years. Together, she and Kenn work on a number of projects to interest more people in nature and to protect natural resources. You can learn more about the Kaufmans at kaufmanfieldguides.com.
All About Hummingbirds is $35. If you sign up, you’ll gain access into a great interactive program taught by the Kaufmans. We also have several “extras” like hummingbird videos, Q&As with the experts, downloadable PDFs and more. Check it out at backyardbirder.com.
To celebrate hummingbird migration season and our new All About Hummingbirds online education program, we have a giveaway! Check it out on Facebook! A total of 10 people are going to win this…
- 1 antique glass hummingbird feeder set from Perky-Pet, including a feeder, instant nectar and a cleaning tool
- 1 free enrollment into the new All About Hummingbirds online class, part of the new Backyard Birder program from Birds & Blooms
Let me tell you a little bit about this new class, All About Hummingbirds. I’ve been involved in creating this online course from the very beginning, and I’m extremely proud of it. It has some of the coolest video I’ve ever seen of hummingbirds. I’m also excited that we have Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman to teach the class. They are some of the best birding experts around, and I promise you’ll learn so much from them in the video lectures.
This class has been over a year in the making, and we’re glad that it’s finally here and we have a giveaway to promote it. I’ve been watching the migrating hummingbirds in my own backyard recently, and they really are fascinating creatures. Now we hope you want to learn about them as well. If you want more info about the program and how to enroll, check it out here. And of course, don’t forget to sign up for your chance to win a hummingbird prize pack. You can enter through Facebook right here.