Friday, May 4, 2018

Experts Beg Gardeners To Look For Hummingbird Eggs Before They Prune



Mother Earth is beautiful and abundant. When spring rolls around, animals go into a reproductive frenzy. With warmer weather upon us, it is crucial for you to learn what to do if you stumble upon eggs in a hummingbird nesting area.
 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a warning on Facebook to help protect fragile hummingbird nests. Luckily, people care enough about preserving the environment and this beautiful species, since it was shared over a quarter of a million times.

 

The post features photographs taken by Kelly Campbell, which shows an incredibly tiny hummingbird nest resting precariously between the branches of an evergreen. Hummingbird nests typically weigh less than one-tenth of an ounce.

The USFWS urged people to be cautious with their accompanying message:

“Hummingbird eggs are tiny, about the size of jelly beans! Please remember to carefully check for nests before you trim trees and shrubs this spring.”
 


Their warning is important for all of us since hummingbirds live all throughout America. Whether you're a homeowner or a city-dweller, you always have an opportunity to stumble upon a nesting ground when you're outside.

Hummingbirds can live all the way down in Chile and also make their way up to Alaska! These tough, little birds nest wherever they can. They're especially fond of building their homes in gardens.
 

If you have your own garden, it's likely that you maintain it to admire the beautiful flora and fauna. Hummingbirds will be drawn to any garden with vibrant plants, bird feeders, and birdbaths. Gardens are a dream home for hummingbirds, so don't be surprised if one settles in and starts a family!
 

Female hummingbirds use moss, leaves, and even spider webs to construct their tiny nests. They prefer to nest over down-sloping branches with running water nearby, but they make do with whatever they can. They make sure to camouflage their nests with lichen to protect their eggs from predators, but this makes them more susceptible to unknowing gardeners who are just trying to maintain their land.
 

Now that you know where hummingbirds love to nest, be extra cautious next time you visit your garden. If you're pruning or weed whacking, take a little extra time to inspect for any tiny nests that may be hidden in your garden.

Of course, if you do happen to find a nest, never disturb it. Leave whatever stray branches or weeds that are surrounding it. Trust us, it'll be worth it once you see the dozens of beautiful hummingbirds zipping around your garden after they hatch.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

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Friday, April 27, 2018

The Amazing Reasons Why Cats Purr



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Most people believe cats purr when they are content or happy, end of story. While cats do purr when they are content, researchers attempting to uncover the answer to this 3,000-year-old mystery are finding the answer more complicated – and fascinating - than an expression of happiness.
All domestic cats purr, as do many wild cats, and purring occurs in a variety of situations. When cats purr in the presence of other unknown cats or kittens, the behavior may serve as a friendly greeting or to convey submissiveness. While it’s true that cats purr contentedly while on their pet parent’s lap, they also purr when they give birth, when they are frightened or even injured. Because kitties clearly cannot be content in all these situations, contentment or friendliness cannot be the only reason they purr.
So why else would they purr?
Natural selection tells us that a particular behavior or trait will persist through multiple generations only if it aids survival. For purring to exist in both domestic and wild cats, there must be something vital about the behavior. Purring is created by the vibration of the cat’s larynx and diaphragm, and therefore requires an expenditure of energy. If a kitty is sick, surely they wouldn’t burn calories unless it resulted in some sort of benefit, right?

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We're all familiar with the expression “cats have nine lives”. Similarly, veterinarians have an old saying that if you put a cat who has broken bones in a room with other cats, the breaks will heal. In fact, cats are amazing self-healers: they have fewer post-operative complications than dogs, have a lower incidence of bone and joint disease than dogs, and 90% of cats survive high-rise falls! What could account for this remarkable set of facts, and is it related to purring?
In fact, there’s striking evidence that purring has healing properties. Researchers have found that vibrations in the frequency range between 25-50 hertz promote bone strength, stimulate healing of fractures, provide pain relief and help heal tendons and muscles. Bioacoustic researchers studied the purring of dozens of both domestic and wild cats, paying particular attention to frequency, pitch, loudness, and duration of purring in relation to the cat’s behavior. Guess what they found? The purring is in the range of 25-50 Hz, the exact range associated with healing properties such as increased bone density!
Maybe this has something to do with a cat’s uncanny ability to heal. And just maybe purring is part of the reason why, when we fall ill, having a cat sit on our laps can actually make us feel better! Whether it is simply the comfort of having a friend nearby, or the vibrational frequencies of your kitty’s rumble, the joy of a cat purring on your lap is priceless.


References:
Rubin C, McLeod K. Promotion of bony in growth by frequency specific, low amplitude mechanical strains. Clinical Orthopedics and Related 
Research, 289, 165-174, 1994.
Elizabeth von Muggenthaler The felid purr: A healing mechanism? Proceedings from the 12th International Conference on Low Frequency Noise 
and Vibration and its Control. Bristol, UK, September 18-20, 2006.
Chen et al, The Effects of Frequency of Mechanical Vibration on Experimental Fracture Healing. Chinese Journal of Surgery, 32 (4), 217-219, 1994.
Leduc A, Lievens P, Dewald J. The influence of multidirectional vibrations on wound healing and on regeneration of blood and lymph vessels. 
Lymphology, 14(4), 179-85, 1981.
Rothschild BM, Rothschild C, Woods RJ. Inflammatory arthritis in large cats: an expanded spectrum of spondyloarthropathy. J Zoo Wildl Med. 1998
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Garman R, Gaudette G, Donahue LR, Rubin C, Judex S. Low-level accelerations applied in the absence of weight bearing can enhance trabecular
 bone formation. J of Orthop Res. 2007 Jun;25(6):732-40.
Lundeberg TC. Vibratory stimulation for the alleviation of chronic pain. Acta Physiol Scand Suppl. 1983;523:1-51.

3 Steps to a More Productive Morning



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Mornings are as predictable as the sunrise, but it can be a struggle to make them a productive part of our day.
However, mornings are a perfect time to get set for our day. As much as the clothes we wear can help us look and feel great, it's all for nothing if we're not doing the best for our core inner selves as well. 

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Let's take a look at a few things you can do to make mornings more effective . . . . 

1. Wake Up Early / Go To Bed Earlier

Let's be honest. How many of us want to get up earlier? I do! I do! I do!  That's usually not the response you hear. If you want to have a productive morning then you're going to need more than 15 minutes before you head out the door.

Try This: Set your alarm for 20 minutes earlier tomorrow morning and don't hit the snooze button. That extra time will make all the difference. You'll feel less rushed and more relaxed as you begin your morning routine.

Of course, it's going to be easier to wake up if you get enough sleep, so give yourself a better chance when your alarm goes off and go to bed at a decent time.

2. Hydrate – Drink Water, Shower First

This habit might be the easiest and the simplest to implement, but it has the potential to have a huge impact on your morning.

When you sleep you become dehydrated. Before you make coffee or take a shower grab yourself a big, tall glass of water. Dehydration has negative effects on your skin, eyes, and your general well-being. The water will also help wake up your sleepy eyes and get your body's metabolism started.

Try This: After your glass of water, take a shower. You can start the coffee maker if you want, but don't wait until after your first cup of coffee or breakfast; jump in and kick-start your day with a shower.

Showering first thing in the morning gives your hair more time to air dry. You may not be able to avoid blow-drying all together, but you can reduce the amount of time you spend doing it. And as an added benefit you'll reduce the damage blow-drying does to your hair.

3. Move Your Body & Eat A Healthy Breakfast

This one might be a little more challenging to add to your morning routine, but starting a little aerobic activity – even for just a couple minutes – can have a tremendous impact on your day.

Try This: Get your blood moving with just 20 squats. It will have a positive effect on your body, and you'll sleep better the next night as well!

Getting your blood flowing increases the oxygen levels in your skin, muscles, and brain. Studies show that you'll not only feel better, but your mind will perform better as well.

Finally, it's time to feed your body and your brain with a good breakfast. Many nutritionists recommend oatmeal or peanut butter on whole-grain toast. Whole grains contain complex carbs which are slowly absorbed and keep your energy levels more stable.

If grains or oatmeal aren't your thing, consider something with dairy-free yogurt or scrambled tofu with sauteed spinach and onions. These foods are full of protein and will help you feel full and reduce cravings.

The Takeaway

If you're not a morning person, changing up your regular routine might be a challenge, but the added benefits are so worth it and will last the entire day. Here's to a happy, healthy productive morning! You will be thrilled with the results!!
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Monday, April 23, 2018

Pet Peeps . . . . Referrals Wanted!! Who Do You Know??!




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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Recall Alert! OC Raw Dog Chicken, Fish & Produce and Freeze Dried Sardines


No illnesses have been reported, but OC Raw Dog is recalling some of its products for 2 different reasons. One of the reasons is some fish are large enough to cause a risk of botulism. Wow, that's a new one. 








Maker: OC Raw Dog, LLC
Causes: Potential for listeria; potential for Clostridium botulinum
Announcement: FDA announcements (1st Notice) and (2nd Notice), dated April 20, 2018
What was recalled: The following products:
  • OC Raw Dog Chicken, Fish & Produce Meaty Rox, 3lb., UPC #022099069171, Lot #3652, Best by Oct. 11, 2018
  • OC Raw Dog Chicken, Fish & Produce Doggie Sliders, 4lb., UPC #095225852640, Best by Oct. 11, 2018
  • OC Raw Dog Chicken, Fish & Produce Doggie Dozen Patty Bag, 6.5 lb., UPC #022099069225, Best by Oct. 11, 2018
  • OC Raw Dog Chicken, Fish & Produce Meaty Rox, 7 lb., UPC #095225852756, Best by Oct. 11, 2018
  • OC Raw Dog Freeze Dried Sardines, 3.2 oz bag, UPC #095225853043
OC Raw Dog announced this as 2 separate voluntary recalls. The Chicken, Fish & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation has the potential for listeria contamination — a state agriculture department has reported a positive test for listeria in a sample of the food, although there have been no reports to date of illnesses in pets or people.
The second OC Raw Dog recall, for the Freeze Dried Sardines, stems from the fact that the fish are larger than the FDA compliance guideline of 5 inches. The federal safety agency says larger fish like this carry a higher risk of botulism poisoning.
Clostridium botulinum can cause severe and potentially fatal toxicity in both animals consuming the pet treat and people handling the pet treat or coming in contact with contact areas that have been exposed to the product,” according to the FDA.

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