Nature Appreciation

Take the time, and make opportunities, to appreciate and preserve the natural world around us.


DIY Hummingbird Nectar:
1 - 1/4 cup refined white sugar to 1 cup of water
2 - Slowly heat the solution for one to two minutes for slow fermentation and to help the sugar dissolve.
3 - Allow the solution to cool completely before filling feeders.
DO NOT add food coloring or beet juice to make the water red. It is bad for the birds. If a red liquid is necessary, the natural coloring usually recommended is a few drops of raspberry, cherry, or cranberry juice.


There are more than 3,000 species of snakes on the planet and they're found everywhere except in Antarctica, Iceland, Ireland, Greenland, and New Zealand. About 600 species are venomous, and only about 200 (seven percent) are able to kill or significantly wound a human.

In a thriving backyard or wooded wildlife habitat expect snakes to be around. You'll likely never see them, but if you do, it'll be only for a moment or two. They'll be just as startled at coming face to face with you! Let them slither away because a snake's primary method of confrontation is to avoid it. Unless you scare one by grabbing at or cornering it, it'll leave you alone.

Although snakes like to be cool, they don't want to be too cold, so those that live in cold areas brumate (slight hibernation) in the winter. They start seeking a place to brumate in the Fall then, in the spring, males leave their den first, and the females follow later.

In a survival situation, snakes may be edible. It's best to not consume poisonous ones so learning the species of snakes in your area can be very helpful. In any case the head, and about 3 more inches, should be removed and buried to prevent biting (especially with poisonous species).

All about snakes
Things That Attract Snakes to Your Yard + How to Fix Them
Surviving on Reptiles and Amphibians


Bear Safety: Seeing a bear in the wild is a special treat. While it is an exciting moment, it is important to remember that bears are wild and can be dangerous and their behavior is, sometimes, unpredictable. Although rare, attacks on humans have occurred, inflicting serious injuries and death. Following bear safety guidelines is the first step to avoiding an encounter with a bear that could escalate into an attack.
Living With Bears
Bearwise Tips


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Observing animals in the wild can be a great experience, but an encounter with a wild animal can turn dangerous quickly. Many wild animals in the forest will attack humans if provoked. The best way to avoid an attack from a forest animal is to leave them alone. However, if you do find yourself in a dangerous situation, here are some tactics you can use to escape and get to safety.


When at home, we take the availability of food for granted. Restocking an empty pantry can be achieved by a trip to the grocery store or ordering online. The story is much different when you are in the great outdoors. Opportunistic wildlife abounds and will find their way to your food stash. Unless you are an expert in foraging for wild edible plants with an abundance where your are camping, chances are that you brought food with you; food that wildlife will want to partake. Here are some suggestions for protecting your food from wildlife: [Resource 1]    [Resource 2]    [Resource 3]


[especially bear country] Experts recommend, if possible, setting up your cooking, eating, washing and a food and supplies storage area at least 100 yards from your sleeping area. If there's not enough room to follow the recommendations, make sure smoke from your campfire won't blow into your sleeping area, and be sure to store your food well away from your sleeping area.
Things You Must Know Before Camping In Bear Country


Recycling is a simple way every person can contribute to making a cleaner environment. But, surely, there must be more benefits of recycling than just reducing the amount of trash we throw out. It takes time and effort to collect, separate and send away the trash. But the fact is that there are many ways in which this process can save us money and time by repurposing, for our own use, things we use everyday; newspapers into fire bricks, aluminum cans and plastic bottles melted into tools, etc. Before you trash something, think first of how it can be reused for your own personal benefit.
Re-Purposing Plastic Bottles for Home & Survival Tools
Reuse of Aluminum Cans
Make Fire Bricks from Junk Mail
Ways to Re-Use Cardboard Boxes
Unique and Useful Uses for Egg Shells
Practical Uses for Spent Coffee Grounds
Recycle Underwear & Clothes
Are Benefits of Recycling Worth All The Effort?
Beverage Container Showdown: Plastic vs. Glass vs. Aluminum