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8th annual Hiking Spree Kick-off Sept. 5 at the Highlands Center
Hiking Spree enthusiasts will start their morning at the Highlands Center, 1375 S. Walker Road in Prescott, at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, for the kick-off presentation of this year's Hiking Spree trail selection, followed by the 10 a.m. kick-off hike.
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Column: The water may be down, but the birds are up!
Last Thursday I led a Jay's Bird Barn-sponsored bird walk to Willow Lake.
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Column: Coming to the rescue of an injured hawk
This past Friday, a homeowner in Prescott Valley found a large hawk in her yard with a wing injury-possibly a gunshot wound.
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Beat the heat: stay out of parked cars, stay hydrated, stay cool, watch for snakes
PRESCOTT - With summer temperatures in full force, local health and pet professionals want people aware of how best to beat the heat and avoid life-threatening exposures.
Sunday, July 26, 2015

Column: Birding in the Bradshaws
This past Saturday, I led a guided bird walk to Kendall Camp in the Bradshaw Mountains.
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Column: Aerial gleaners rule the skies
Gleaning is a word used to describe different foraging-or feeding-behaviors employed by wild birds.
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Column: Birds by the numbers
There are two comments we hear over and over each day here at the Bird Barn, and they are exact opposites of one another.
Thursday, July 09, 2015

Feature: Combining birding and biking can be fun!
There are a lot of different ways to go bird watching-while walking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, from your vehicle, and I've even done bird watching while horseback riding.
Thursday, July 02, 2015

Column: Hummingbird activity already picking up
I made up a fresh batch of hummingbird nectar this past week and put out the balance of my feeders. Each spring I gradually increase the number of feeders I have in my yard, so that by June I am up to eight feeders.
Thursday, June 25, 2015

Birding in Southern California an experience
My life has been a whirlwind of activity this past week. I got home from Utah on Wednesday only to leave for California on Friday, and then turn around and drive home the very next day.
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Column: Free-roaming cats and baby quail-a lethal combination
I witnessed a really sad situation this past week. I was on an evening walk in our neighborhood when I heard the peeping sounds of baby quail, along with the frantic vocalization of an adult female quail.
Thursday, June 04, 2015

Tempt your sweetie with chocolate treats
For many people, chocolate is always in season and they don't need a reason to buy it or bake it! But since Valentine's Day is approaching, here are several recipes from the delightful bean.
Friday, February 05, 2010

Fruitful hints for tree-planting
The definition of a bare-root plant is one that has been grown in a field, lifted from the field with no dirt left clinging to its roots, and shipped to market in that condition. Hence the name bare-root.
Friday, February 05, 2010

Gardening tips for newcomers to the area
Most of us have had gardens in places where the soil is rich, its pH perfectly balanced, where the climate is blessed with consistent rainfall, gentle sun, and plant-coddling humidity. Mountain soil and climate present the opposite of such ideal gardening conditions.
Friday, January 29, 2010

It's time to think about seedlings
Garden Alert! Heavy snow is breaking branches off of juniper, pine, spruce, and cypress evergreens. Also being damaged are tall broad leafs like photinia, magnolia and Silverberry.
Friday, January 22, 2010

Use what you have on-hand
Just about everywhere you look this month it is all about organizing. From a kitchen standpoint, a well-organized pantry can serve you well. It can mean using what you have on hand, saving trips to the store, less impulse-buying, etc.
Friday, January 22, 2010

It's that time - time to prune
The New Year opens the door on that window of time to cut back ornamental grasses, trees and perennial shrubs. If left unpruned, plants can become overgrown, unruly and downright ugly.
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Friday, January 15, 2010

Save money on a new plant by recycling poinsettias
This year, there's no reason for people in the tri-city area to stuff poinsettias into plastic bags and send them off to gorge landfills. Watters Garden Center is asking residents to bring their poinsettias into the garden center to be recycled.
Friday, January 08, 2010

Don't be shy about varying traditional recipes
"Variations on a theme" is not limited to music compositions, and can also be put to use in the kitchen. One example is a basic potato soup, which tastes awfully good on these cold days.
Friday, January 08, 2010

Healthy houseplants make healthy households
Indoor plants are soothing because of their visual impact. On cold wintry days they add warm touches of life to enclosed, stuffy rooms. As we make our homes tight to reduce heating and cooling bills, our indoor air quality becomes a serious health issue.
Friday, January 08, 2010


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