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Posted: 04-May-2004, 10:42 AM
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I know in *some* of our local parks that have lakes. The park board rounds the Canadian geese up do in part to just to many of them. Reason being is people feed them, and they comeback, and they bring two friends, and so on......
So they move them to another location.
I like seeing them. Sometimes during lunch I will go to one of the reserves near work and sit by the lake and watch the geese and ducks.


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Posted: 04-May-2004, 11:00 AM
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There are many geese and ducks that make the little lake near my dorm their home. They do make a mess, and can be quite agressive at times!
There are two families of geese with their little goslings now, though. They are very cute!!!


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Posted: 20-Jul-2004, 01:47 AM
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What visits my gardens and yard? Lots and lots of butterflies because I have 5 butterfly bushes...have noticed lately that hummingbirds enjoy the butterfly bushes as well ~smile~ Of course with lots of flowers and scented bushes there are bees, wasps, hornets and one creature I cannot identify! It resembles a minature hummingbird but, I know it isn't. It has a really long body, pretty good sized wings and a needle type of nose and it moves rather slow. It's interesting and its colors are dark green/blue. I have seen numerous dragonfly's too!
I have seen a couple opposums and raccoons and one rabbit..I have a variety of birds, cardinals, yellow-finches, robins (love the gardens), wrenches, mourning doves and one blue-jay ~smile~
I eat fresh fruit daily and when finished I will toss the remains out into the yard and gardens. The birds and the other 'critters' seem to enjoy it!
I keep 3 bird feeders up and provide wild-seed and black-oil sunflowers for feasting. For the yellow-finches I supply thistle. I also have 3 bird-baths around my yard and I love watching the birds bathe and drink..especially the 'babies' ~smile~
My neighbors have bats that at dusk swoop out of their attic windows, lots of them!..does anyone know a way I can prevent the bats from getting into my attic? I have checked it numerous times and thus far I can't see where any of them have tried to make a home. But, just in case any suggestions would be welcomed! ~smile~


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Posted: 20-Jul-2004, 09:52 AM
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Place mothballs around your attic or hang cottonballs dipped in ammonia in the rafters, this will help some before they decide to make your attic home. But if a colony is already established you will need professional help to rid your self of them. Been there, done that, got the Tee Shirt!


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Posted: 20-Jul-2004, 11:24 AM
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A roosting box may also help. Otherwise known as a bat house. I have plans for building them, somewhere around the workshop. I will look on the net for a site that has plans.

Roosting boxes are nice because it keeps bats in the area. Which helps control the insect population! Not to mention they are fun to watch!!!! cool.gif
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I agree they are great buggers, but be carefull how close to your home those boxes are.... the colony that was removed from my attic in the last home I lived in had 17 bats that tested positive for rabies... not a pleasant disease to contract. The shots are excrutiatingly painfull to get! It used to be 17 needles in the stomach, I hear it is now only 5 shots in the sholder, but still painfull.
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Freekenny..
That charming creature is aSphinx or Hawkbilled Moth...

http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/butter...gardening/77004

I get lots of those in my Butterfly Garden.. they are fun to watch..
and are very bold about people...

Here are some more links about these wonderful creatures..

http://museum.nhm.uga.edu/htmldocs/wlg/wlginsects.asp

http://www.birds-n-garden.com/tersa_sphinx_moth.html

They are fun to watch... and have some pretty awesome colours !
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QUOTE (Shadows @ 20-Jul-2004, 09:52 AM)
Place mothballs around your attic or hang cottonballs dipped in ammonia in the rafters, this will help some before they decide to make your attic home. But if a colony is already established you will need professional help to rid your self of them. Been there, done that, got the Tee Shirt!

LOL! Well hopefully I won't need a t-shirt stating that fact..none as of yet and I will try the mothballs.. heading for the attic tomorrow..Ni Ya We for the advice/tips Shadows! biggrin.gif
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O'siyo Arianrhod,
Ni Ya We for the sites and information! The Sphinx/Butterfly Moth is what I have been seeing!..interesting indeed and now I have a name to put with it ~smile~ The sites you have shared are wonderful..I have saved them in favorites and will be able to plan a much larger butterfly/hummingbird garden next year ~smile~ And I agree they are such fun to watch..I can 'get right up' on them and they don't budge!
Ni Ya We barddas for your information as well..not certain that I am ready to 'house' bats ~smile~ but, would like to know how to build their boxes just in case...
You are spot on Shadows about the rabies and such..that is one reason I am uncertain if I want them around just because they are good 'buggers'..I heard the rabies and other diseases they carry can be fatal to humans and pets...Again, going to do the mothballs in the attic to see if I can prevent them from living in my attic and getting away with not having to pay me rent...~grin~ batman.gif
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You are most welcome !
I get a kick out of those bold wee bugs..
They come in some pretty cool colours too !

Enjoy!
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Freekenny, I have posted some links to studies and information pertaining to rabies in bats.
Rabies in the US is a fairly rare occurence these days. There are still risk, but not near as much as 50 yrs ago. And of coarse don't go trying to hug wild animals.....wink.gif tongue.gif

Knowledge of bat rabies and Exposure to humans

Emerging Pattern of Rabies

US maof pattern, and ratio

And some information on the rabies virus
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QUOTE (barddas @ 22-Jul-2004, 09:10 AM)
Freekenny, I have posted some links to studies and information pertaining to rabies in bats.
Rabies in the US is a fairly rare occurence these days. There are still risk, but not near as much as 50 yrs ago. And of coarse don't go trying to hug wild animals.....wink.gif tongue.gif


O'siyo barddas,
Have been reading on the websites you have provided..Ni Ya We for sharing those! Had to chuckle because of me being such an animal lover and what you said about not hugging any wild animals hug.gif LOL...well one of the websites you provided gave several symptoms for rabies..one being: Erratic, excited, or bizarre behavior dribble.gif.. and all this time I just thought it was from lack of sleep and from being hyper lol.gif
Took Shadows suggestion and placed mothballs in my attic..everywhere! Maybe too many but, didn't want to take a chance of having bats making my home theirs batman.gif
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Posted: 23-Jul-2004, 09:03 AM
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I too am occationally asked if I have rabies too! wink.gif LOL!!!

I'm glad the info is of help. I know the animwels are cute, AND cuddly...but no hugging nono.gif

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Posted: 23-Jul-2004, 05:36 PM
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I still say use great caution when encouraging bats to roost near your home... I endured the shots I spoke of just because these creatures made my home theirs also!

Today on the news there were a mother cat and her kittens put down because they bit a child... they were rabid ( and family pets ) and now that child and her family must undergo the "treatment". Just use caution is all I ask.
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