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Simple Tips for Helping Wildlife During Heat Waves and Drought

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Many wild creatures can live for extended periods of time without food but… they need water much more regularly. Having convenient supplies of clean water can make a huge difference to the survival of local wild species such as birds, butterflies and small mammals, during times of extreme heat and drought such as we are seeing during the summer of 2011.

Many of the smaller creatures we might find around the home or office are not very wide-ranging and are less likely to head off to local bodies of water, while more mobile species can become dehydrated due to lack of proximity to water. Sudden hot conditions and prolonged drought throw wildlife off their normal routines and put them at risk. But you can help that situation and make a real difference to animals and plant life in your area. Here are a few simple pointers.

  1. Make a special effort to keep your birdbaths full or think about getting one.
  2. Hang a “drip jug” over your bird bath – a basic plastic milk jug filled with water with a tiny hole in the bottom. The birds will hear the drip and it will attract them for a cool bath and a drink.
  3. Put out some additional water-filled containers. Placing a couple of containers (one shallow and one a little deeper) on the ground will help other creature such as ground squirrels, raccoons, and many others.
  4. Use water-conserving garden practices such as using a generous amount of mulch to cover garden beds. This will help insects, worms and other invertebrates.
  5. Watering plants in your garden will help to keep them healthy with natural moisture and the droplets are a favorite of bees and butterflies.
  6. Don’t forget the hummingbirds – they rely on nectar from plants and summer conditions can dry up natural supplies that a good hummingbird feeder can help replace.
  7. Often communities will put watering restrictions in place during times of drought. These are good times to capture water that might otherwise go to waste. One thing many folks do is put a bucket (or two) in their shower. While you bathe, the bucket fills with drinkable water for wildlife that would otherwise go down the drain. (Make sure soap doesn’t get in the bucket.) Many communities encourage residents to install backyard rain barrels that gather rainfall from the roof and store it for drier times.

Source: Kevin Coyle, VP for Education for the National Wildlife Federation

July 2018 Featured Products: Mugs, Hand-Painted Coasters, and more!

Friday, June 15th, 2018

Mugs, Hand-Painted CoastersBirds & Beasleys has a variety of one-of-a-kind gifts for you to pick up this July! From hand-painted coasters to Montana icon mugs to huckleberry coffee, you are sure to find what you need this summer at Birds & Beasleys. Come by and see us this July!

Hand-Painted Bird Coasters: The bird coasters are hand-painted by Butte folk artist, Cindy Micheletti. These coasters are a practical, yet beautiful gift you could give to many!

Montana Icon Mugs: Birds & Beasleys has a variety of mugs available for purchase. Some of these mugs include images of bears, pine cones, and Montana. Mugs are both a great gift or souvenir for any visitors this summer.

Blue Moose Metals Bottle Openers: The Blue Moose Metals bottle openers available from Birds & Beasleys are 100% steel and magnetic. These bottle openers are perfect for the boat, cabin, or man cave.

The Wonder of Birds by Jim Robbins: The Wonder of Birds is new to paperback and is the perfect book for any bird lover! We also have vintage bookmarks you can pick up with this book as well.

Huckleberry Coffee and Montana Chocolates: Birds & Beasleys has some delicious treats available. Huckleberry Coffee and Montana Chocolates make a great souvenir for any visitors you have in town this summer.

Closed 4th of July

Friday, June 15th, 2018

4th of JulyWe are closed on Wednesday, July 4th , 2018. We hope you and your family have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!

Independence Day Fun Facts:

Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades, and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.

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How to Attract Hummingbirds

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Attract HummingbirdsWant more hummingbirds? Tie a big red ribbon around the old oak tree.  Dig out those Christmas decorations and attach the red bows on your deck, yard crane, or other places you want to attract hummingbirds.  Red equals food for hummingbirds. And they’ll come by to check out your bows.

Then have some red blooming flowers or a “clean” hummingbird feeder ready for them to enjoy and benefit from.  Have your feeder up by April 15th. I stress, you must keep hummingbird feeders “clean”, as feeding from a dirty feeder is like a “DWI” for a hummingbird.  Mold and mildew on a feeder or spoiled nectar throws off a hummingbird guidance system. A hummingbird beats its wings about 78 times per second so staying in total control is critical.  As a result, hummingbirds will avoid a dirty feeder. There are feeders available that are totally dishwasher safe. Look for them and always buy feeders that come apart easily and feature wide mouths to the nectar reservoir.

When buying feeders, avoid products with yellow ports or parts.  Yellow is one of the few colors bees can see and they are attracted to it.  If you own one of these, use fingernail polish to paint the parts red. You can also use Avon “Skin So Soft” to safely discourage bees and wasps.  Just put a little around the feeder port. You can keep ants from getting in your feeder by hanging the feeder from an “Ant Moat or Nectar Protector.”  You fill these devices with water because ants can’t swim and thus can’t get to the feeder.

When planting flowers, I recommend native plants wherever possible.  Trumpet Vine, Honeysuckle, Columbines and Cardinal flowers are some species to select.  Regarding annuals always go with flowers with feature wide-open throated blossoms that are easier for hummingbirds to feed.

A couple of other things you can do to attract hummingbirds is to provide a mist of water, a plate of rotting fruit or nesting material.  Because hummingbirds go in and out of hundreds of flower blossoms each day, they get covered with a lot of pollen. Hummers look for a way to clean their feathers.  A fountain that splashes or a shallow bird bath is sometimes used by hummers for this purpose. Better yet, providing a mist they can fly through is a guaranteed way to attract hummingbirds.  In fact, if you put your water supply on a timer, you’ll actually have hummers lining up daily. There are commercial misters available that can be adapted for this purpose or a soaker hose can also work if strung through the air.  You can also buy nozzles developed specifically as bird misters.

Did you realize that while hummingbirds use nectar as their energy source, small insects are a hummingbird’s source of protein and minerals?  A proven way to attract lots of hummingbirds is to put out a plate of fruit (watermelon, peaches, bananas, are the best!) and let it rot. This results in lots of small fruit flies that hummingbirds love.

Last but not least, all bird species respond to you when providing them nesting material.  For hummingbirds, there’s only one proven nesting material and it must be purchased commercially.  The product is called “Hummer Helper Nesting Material” and is endorsed and recommended by The Hummingbird Society.

If you use some of the above suggestions, you should soon have lots of hummers zipping around your yard or pond.  Want to learn more about hummingbirds, check out

Source: The Bird Man Mel Toellner

Closed Memorial Day

Friday, May 25th, 2018

Birds & Beasleys will be closed Memorial Day, Monday, May 28th. Enjoy this time to be with your family and friends.

Birds & Beasleys wants to say thank you to all who are currently serving our country or have served previously. We are very grateful.

June 2018 Featured Products: Cathy Weber Birds, Hummingbird Feeders, & more!

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018
Hummingbird Feeder

Ruby Glass Hummingbird Feeder

Looking for a fun purchase this summer? Many unique summer products are available at Birds & Beasleys! Check out our featured products, including hummingbird feeders, ceramic birds, and wooden quilts, for the month of June. Stop by Birds and Beasleys sometime during the month of June to see the featured products. Learn more about the different products below.

Ruby Glass Hummingbird Feeder: Birds & Beasleys has new glass hummingbird feeders available. These feeders are easy to clean, fill, and hang and won’t break the bank. See our other hummingbird feeders here.

Cathy Weber Ceramic Birds: Cathy Weber is a beloved Helena ceramicist and creates beautiful ceramic art pieces. Her ceramic birds would be a wonderful gift to any bird lover. Take a look at some of Cathy’s ceramic birds here.

Beth Cummings Quilts: Beth Cummings creates beautiful, one-of-a-kind artwork. Beth’s quilts are ready to hang and would be a lovely piece of artwork in your home.


Birds & Beasleys 20th Anniversary Video

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

This video is from the 20th Anniversary of Birds & Beasleys in 2013. 2018 is the 25th Anniversary of Birds & Beasleys opening. We are very grateful for such wonderful customers and a great community surrounding us over the past 25 years. Thank you all for the love and support. Enjoy the video from our 20th Anniversary.

For events, I come to the store and then I sit here and really I want to go home. It was a gutsy move. I wouldn’t have had the guts to do it, but Sandy did. Sandy put it all together and full speed ahead and here we go you know because you look at the floor space and you have to fill that up. Some good days and some bad days and then you forget about the bad days and look at all the good and all the people around.

Mom started the store about 20 years ago this month at Birds & Beasleys over on Park Avenue. A year and a half ago, we moved up to this location, tripled the space, and I thought, we need to have a party about it. So, we invited some raptors down, we invited mom down, we got a new book for her as we took all of her current illustrations and put them in a journal and we are selling that today and she is signing them. It is about a one hundred page journal, it could be used as a travel log, a birding guide, someone just said: “Hey, how about recipes?” And it is just a fun time to celebrate. We have lots of people coming who are first-time customers. I had someone talk to me yesterday and said “Oh, I used to come down with my granddaughter. We used to visit the Cockateal and you guys.” I said, “How old is your granddaughter now?” And she said, “Twenty-three.” And I went, “Oh, we have been here a long time!”

We started 20 years ago and people have been coming in all these years. It is not just a wild bird seed supply house, it’s also an art gallery, and now we even have Montana food out which is very very nice and it has just been an incredibly wonderful time with this business over all these years. We had been in business for almost four years when Ray and I suddenly thought about our daughter Sandy because I am illustrating and writing the whole time, it was really hard for me to do. I would go home at night and work on those things. So, we called Sandy about that and she called back about a half-hour later and she said, “Yes, I want to come.” So this has been wonderful because Sandy basically runs it now and I am only here on Mondays and it has just been marvelous. I am still working on this bird book, I still have quite a few pages to go. Hopefully, I will be through soon because I am 83 now, going on 84, and I am still no cavities, no arthritis, I am a very lucky lady.

This is a journal you can write in, it has all of my paintings over here. It is just a lot of fun. And I not only just do it by birds, I do animals and people and everything else and just have a lot of fun. It is a fun journal that just came out, Sandy has just put this out and it has really been very nicely done and like here is how it will be in the book. Here is the Bohemian Waxwing and the Cedar Waxwing painted together to show you how, that’s why we did the book this way. Now, you can tell them apart and it will be a lot of fun once we are finished because it is going to be a lot, a lot of paintings. I still have quite a few paintings to do for it and I paint these with colored pencil. I use all kinds of mediums, I started using colored pencil about a year ago. I just love it and it’s just really nice. It’s hard to believe I use colored pencil. Once in a while I use a little acrylic on it, but not very much. I just thoroughly enjoy my artwork and I have been doing this since I was in Kindergarten. Imagine I have been doing this all these years and here I am now, 83 and I will be 84 in February and I just have a lot of fun. I thoroughly enjoy it, I am a lucky lady.

I first met Sandy and Jackie when I came to help out at the store, in 1997 or 1998, somewhere around there. We were neighbors with Sandy’s sister, so we have known them for a long time and we have become really good friends, it is fantastic. We were part of a crew that helped with the migration from the old building over to here. That was such a fun occasion to see over 100 people helping out and doing that. The new space is excellent.

I think that Birds & Beasleys, it has been open 20 years and it has just been marvelous. If our daughter Sandy Shull hadn’t joined us, we would have closed by then and we have ten lovely ladies who are with us also. We are very very fortunate.

Beth Cummings and Birds & Beasleys supporting Helena Food Share

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Beloved Helena artist Beth Cummings dropped of eight new quilts! Beth upcycles treasures and reclaimed materials, creates wooden “quilts,” and when you buy one, kids in the Helena community get to go home with nourishing meals thanks to you, Beth, and Helena Food Share. Come see them up close. You’ll notice something clever and beautiful with each glance.

Summer Evening Bird Walk

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
6:00 pm
6:00 pm

Summer Evening Bird Walk

On Wednesday, June 27th, and Wednesday, July 25th, join Birds & Beasleys for a guided bird walk on a cool summer evening, Summer Evening Bird Walk. Meet in front of the store, bring your whole family, out of town guests, and your binoculars. This event will be fun for people of all ages. Continue checking our Facebook page for more information regarding this upcoming event. We can’t wait to explore areas of Helena, Montana on the bird walk.

Call the store at 406-449-0904 or visit Birds and Beaselys on Facebook for more information about the Summer Evening Bird Walks. If you can’t make this bird walk, check out our weekly Saturday morning bird walks here.

May 2018 Featured Products: Pottery, Prints, Wind Chimes & More!

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Come by Birds & Beasleys this May to check out the featured products available. The products featured this month include Susan Carroll pottery, John Ashley prints, Birthstone Wind Chimes, and more. Find out more about these unique products below.

Marissa Davis Prints: Marissa Davis is a Montana native and has beautiful artwork available at Birds & Beasleys. If you are interested in purchasing new artwork, check out Marissa’s work.

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.

Ceramic Bird Baths: Birds & Beasleys has a variety of ceramic bird baths available for purchase in multiple colors. Stop by the store and take a look at the bird baths you can place in your garden this spring.

Susan Carroll Pottery: Susan Carroll pottery is unique and each piece is hand-painted. Hummingbird feeders, biscuit cutters, and donut cutters are just a few of the Susan Carroll pottery products available at Birds & Beasleys.

Birthstone Wind Chimes: Birthstone wind chimes are the perfect addition to your garden. Birds & Beasleys has many different types of wind chimes available, come by and take a look.

3 Montana Chicks Products: Birds & Beasleys carries many 3 Montana Chicks products, including pin cushions. Keep checking the Facebook page and stopping by the store to take a look at the 3 Montana Chicks products available.



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