They rarely actually need our help, even in the dead of winter, but who can deny the appeal of attracting birds to a backyard feeder? If you have a favourite wintertime species, you can attract them with a specific menu. If our feathered friends could talk, here’s what they would order:
*Commercial mixes include millets, cracked corn, Niger (Thistle) seeds, sunflower seeds and peanuts
** Fruits could include raisins, currants, bananas, orange and grapefruit sections, chopped apples
Source: Canadian Wildlife Federation
More than 40 years ago, in 1976, James Lawrence pasted together the first edition of Harrowsmith magazine on his kitchen table in rural Ontario. Totally unique, it was the first Canadian magazine to focus on organic living, alternative energy sources, and a country lifestyle. Lawrence’s ode to back-to- the-land virtues quickly attracted legions of fans and soon became Canada’s bible for rural living.