Archive for March, 2018

Easter Gift Ideas at Birds & Beasleys

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Not sure what to get for Easter gifts? Birds & Beasleys has a variety of options! Check out the video to see some of the products available at Birds & Beasleys that would be great Easter gifts. Stop by the store or give us a call if you have any questions.

April 2018 Featured Products: Pottery, Prints, & Wall Hangings

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

John Ashley Print

Birds & Beasleys has a variety of featured products available this April. The products featured this month include Sarah Dargan pottery, John Ashley prints, and Pat Shevalier wall hangings. Find out more about these unique products below.

Sarah Dargan Pottery: Sarah Dargan, is a beloved Helena, Montana artist of Black Forest Pottery. Birds & Beasleys has many of Sarah’s pottery products available. Swank up your Easter table with pieces from her Spring collection.

John Ashely Prints: Award-winning photographer and conservationist, John Ashley, is from Kalispell, Montana. Come see his new collection of affordable wildlife prints on canvas at Birds & Beasleys.

Pat Shevalier Wall Hangings: Helena’s own, Pat Shevalier, makes one-of-a-kind wall hangings available at Birds & Beasleys. These wall hangings are handmade, appliquéd scenes of Montana’s wildlife rendered in beautiful fabrics.

Spring is Here at Birds & Beasleys

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

We have done some spring cleaning around Birds & Beasleys recently. The store has a new, fresh look. Our new layout means that it’s easier to find what you need and discover new treasures.

Check out the pictures to see some of the new updates or stop by the store and see the changes!

 

 

 

 

Helena Spring Art Walk & First Friday Downtown

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Helena Spring Art WalkCelebrating 27 years of the Helena Spring Art Walk & First Friday Downtown!

This year’s Spring Art Walk falls on May the 4th, one of the most beloved, geekiest days of the year. So, if you want to add a little geek and cos-play to your art, wear your robes, your Storm Trooper gear, and light the night with Light Sabers!

From photography to paintings to ceramics to live performances, the Spring Art Walk showcases a diverse range of artwork created by Montana artists. We will host the ever-popular ambassador bird team from Montana WILD Rehabilitation Center. Come on down! And may the 4th be with you.

Call the store at 406-449-0904 if you have any questions about this event.

Let’s Ask Sandy: Episode 5 – Get Ready for Spring and Backyard Birds

Friday, March 9th, 2018

In this week’s “Let’s Ask Sandy” episode, store owner, Sandy Shull, talks about how to prepare for the return of your backyard birds. Spring is almost here!

Hi! This is Sandy from Birds & Beasleys. Believe it or not, spring will be coming. There are birds that are already starting to nest. If you look up on my monitor at explore.org, Bald Eagles are now starting to nest, that happens to be one in Iowa. We will be looking at Ospreys coming soon and there are birds that will be coming back to nest. So, you need to get ready for them.

So, the first thing that you need to do is go out and look at your houses in the next month. What you want to do is open them up, if you can. I like the side one that we have, a lot of the tops come off, it’s time to see what spent the winter in there. Go ahead and take the nesting material out. See if it happens to be clean, you could take off just the top part, usually, in the spring, I take it all out. You are going to want to dispose of it. Don’t drop it right below the house because your predators, like your skunks and raccoons, will smell that nesting material and look up an see the box. So, take that material and dispose of it far away. But you want to check it out because in the winter sometimes, mice, other rodents, birds, will use this box for winter, so clean it out and get ready to go. It’s simple as that.

Then start thinking about nesting material. There are some birds that use boxes, like your bluebirds, your swallows, your sparrows. There are other birds that don’t use boxes, like the robin, the Bald Eagle, and some of your finches and things. So they will want nesting material, as well as some of them in boxes. We have a neat little thing that comes from the flathead, this has alpaca fur, you could use dog fur, kitty fur, you could use dryer lent, just don’t put the Bounce or the fabric softener in there. If you are doing your dog beds or you’re doing your towels, run the dryer and get the lint out of the lint trap, but just don’t put the Bounce with it that time. You might be a little bit staticky, but the birds will be healthier for it. So, other people take yarn, I had a rancher friend who took scraps of yarn and put it all over the ranch and in winter or spring, she would go out and look in the trees for the yarn to see which birds had used her yarn.

It is time. Believe it or not, it is spring. Think about cleaning out your bird boxes and then we will talk about bird boxes later.

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