Do It Yourself: Orange Bird Feeder

The dog days of summer are here! Try this quick and easy craft to attract some wildlife to your yard for the remaining summer months. Gather up these materials and follow these steps to make a bird feeder out of an orange:

Orange Bird feederMaterials:
{} orange
{} (2) pieces of twine, yarn or string, cut into 24″ lengths
{} bird seed

  1. Cut the orange in half.
  2. Scoop out the flesh.
  3. Poke four holes around the orange on opposite sides.
  4. Put the two pieces of twine through one hole each and pull out the holes on opposite sides. If done correctly, the twine should make an “X.”
  5. Tie the twine at the top in a knot.
  6. Add bird seed.
  7. Hang on a sturdy branch.

Project comes from sherisilver.com. Check out her blog for additional crafts, recipes, gardening and more!

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Nature Walk: Wild Prairie Light

When a summer cold front pushes down from the north and meets a warm humid air mass, summer rainstorms often develop. They can be mild with moderate rain or contain high winds, hail and very heavy rain.  If the cloud cover in the west breaks before sunset, low angle light can create a spectacular scene in the eastern instead of on the western horizon.  Sunsets and sunrises are two of nature’s most dramatic events that make for some unique sights.  

When a summer cold front pushes down from the north and meets a warm humid air mass, summer rainstorms often develop. They can be mild with moderate rain or contain high winds, hail and very heavy rain.  If the cloud cover in the west breaks before sunset, low angle light can create a spectacular scene in the eastern instead of on the western horizon.  Sunsets and sunrises are two of nature’s most dramatic events that make for some unique sights.

When was the last time you saw a spectacular sunrise or sunset in Iowa? Continue reading