Berry Delight
Birds & Blooms|December 2021/January 2022
Use firethorn sprigs to welcome guests this holiday season.


The colorful berries of firethorn add a welcome pop of color in fall and winter. Before planting, check whether the shrub is invasive in your area.


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Urban Perils - House Sparrows on the decline

Supertramps are species that have spread around the world in association with humans and they include rats, house mice and a host of weedy plant species.

5 mins read
African Birdlife
January/February 2022

Blue over Green, Tent in Between

I’m old , I’m cranky. Why do I keep air-camping?

5 mins read
December 2021

Looking Up

When you are an ant, the stakes are always high. There are those who would eat you—birds, snakes, bigger bugs—and those who could trample you and your environment in a single sneakered step. These enormous beings may not mean you any harm, but it is impact, not intention, that matters most.

1 min read
The Atlantic
April 2021

The Island of Birds

Imagine an island untouched by humans and without any large mammals. Colorful and strange birds of all shapes and sizes swoop over lush forests and seaside hills.

3 mins read
Faces - The Magazine of People, Places and Cultures for Kids
November/December 2020

Why Birds Do What They Do

The more humans understand about their behavior, the more inaccessible their world seems.

10 mins read
The Atlantic
June 2020

Toco Toucan

This isn’t as easy as it looks.

2 mins read
Faces - The Magazine of People, Places and Cultures for Kids
May/June 2020

Belted Kingfisher: Loud And Proud

Belted Kingfishers are bluegray birds that are about the size of an American Robin.

2 mins read
The Good Life
October 2019

Foul Creep Deliberately Runs Over Ducklings!

Two baby birds slaughtered while playing in a puddle -cops

1 min read
September 9, 2019

Lost and found

Val is saddened by wildlife habitat loss due to HS2, but is cheered by the discovery of rare wild honey bees

3 mins read
Amateur Gardening
January 22, 2022

‘Mum, dad, I'm in a relationship'

When children confess that they are “in a relationship”, it is easy for parents to imagine the worst and jump to conclusions.

1 min read
The Straits Times
January 17, 2022