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Extended Shopping Hours!

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Extended Shopping HoursShop at your leisure during Extended Holiday Hours!

Make your holiday season easier and more fun by shopping with us during Birds & Beasleys extended evening hours:

Monday and Tuesday: 9:30am-6pm
Wednesday-Friday: 9:30am-8pm
Saturday: 9:30am-6pm
Sunday: 11am-4pm

Questions? Want to know more? Call us at (406) 449 0904

Birds & Beasleys is a unique art gallery and gift shop located in Downtown Helena, Montana. You’ll find original works of art by Montana artists. We are known for our large variety of gifts in a wide range of prices, plus our excellent customer service.

Additionally, we are a wild bird feed and supply house. Find everything you need for your backyard feathered friends, premium birdseed, unique bird houses, and feeders.

December 2018 Featured Products: Handmade Ornaments, Cutting Boards, and New Artwork!

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Handmade ornamentsBirds & Beasleys has a variety of one-of-a-kind gifts perfect for every occasion! New for the Christmas Season! Handmade Ornaments, Cutting Boards, and New Artwork from Dean Crouser!

Your holiday experience should be uniquely yours, so this year, ditch box store boring for affordable Montana-made ornaments.These cuties add humor, whimsy, and sustainability because they’re made from reclaimed wool fabric and yarns! Ho, ho, who!

Make your kitchen a little wilder with a new cutting and serving board from Bird Swing Woodworks. These gorgeous etched boards feature iconic Montana animals on one side and a smooth cutting surface on the other. Get one for the chef in your life today!

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Choose your favorite print from original watercolors by artist Dean Crouser, then hang your new piece inside or out. Printed on wood planks, and UV coated to protect it from the elements.We carry a variety of sizes from ornaments to larger pieces like 14×20.

Visit the Artist – Ann Patterson Bishop: Animal Portrait Artist

Sunday, November 25th, 2018

Welcome to our series: Visit the Artist! Today, we visit the amazing animal portrait artist, Ann Patterson Bishop. Ann is known and admired for her painterly style and charismatic animal portraits. She’s had a lifelong interest in their health and welfare. Her paintings depict the rich inner lives of her subjects. You can find her work here at Birds & Beasleys. Learn more about Ann Patterson Bishop and even check out the inside of her studio!

New artist! Mimi Matsuda of Bozeman

Sunday, November 25th, 2018

Mimi MatsudaMontana artist Mimi Matsuda paints to inspire people to preserve and protect wildlands and animals. After a decade working as a park ranger naturalist for the National Park Service, she now paints full time. Her work features the lands and animals she holds closest to her heart. We are honored to represent Mimi at Birds and Beasleys. Come see her cards and prints today!

Birds & Beasleys is a unique art gallery and gift shop located in Downtown Helena, Montana. You’ll find original works of art by Montana artists. We are known for our large variety of gifts in a wide range of prices, plus our excellent customer service.

Additionally, we are a wild bird feed and supply house. Find everything you need for your backyard feathered friends, premium birdseed, unique bird houses, and feeders.

November 2018 Featured Products: Monique Mandali Scarves and Pottery from Cindy Eve

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Birds & Beasleys has a variety of one-of-a-kind gifts perfect for every occasion! New for Fall! Monique Mandali Scarves and Pottery from Cindy Eve!

Treat yourself to a smile each time you reach for a treat for your furry friend with a cookie jar by Great Falls potter Cindy Eve.

Scarves and Pottery

With a super soft merino wool scarf by Helena’s Monique Mandali, you can look good while staying warm! Each handmade scarf is just $35. You’ll be amazed at their warmth, softness, and captivating colors.

Closed Thanksgiving Day

Friday, October 26th, 2018

Thanksgiving DayThanksgiving Day is a celebration, giving thanks for the harvest and our many blessings from the past year. How does your family celebrate this holiday? 

Happy Thanksgiving from Birds & Beasleys! We are thankful for our customers and this great community we call home!

Birds & Beasleys is closed on Thursday, November 22, 2018, in observance of the holiday.  Our staff will be enjoying the day and be giving thanks for family & friends! We will resume normal business hours starting on Friday, November 23rd, 2018. Get your shopping done earlier in the week and avoid the rush of the holiday weekend!

Birds & Beasleys wishes you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving day!

Let’s Ask Sandy: Episode 19 – What about Fall Bird House Maintenance?

Monday, September 24th, 2018

What should you do to maintain your bird house in the fall? Find out what Birds & Beasleys owner, Sandy Shull thinks is the best way to keep up with your bird house. Sandy gives you tips on how to clean it out to make it a roosting box for the winter.

Fall Bird Feeding

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

Fall Bird FeedingThe other day I was making an inventory of items in my tool shed and it looks like it’s time to stock up on birdseed. It is important to take care of our feathered friends through the winter when food sources become scarce.

I like to set aside one afternoon to take down all of the feeders and really wash them well. I use a cleaning solution of one part vinegar to four parts water. If getting a brush inside the feeder is difficult, I use a handful of rice to serve as an abrasive to clean the interior. Tube feeders can be a challenge because there are so many parts to them, so I just remove whatever I can and then I use a solution of bleach and water to soak all the parts. And if you find soaking alone does not do the trick, you may have to use a little elbow grease and maybe even a toothbrush to get down into some of the tighter spots. For wooden feeders, I avoid using bleach and instead use a mild dish washing detergent and a stiff bristle brush to clean them up. With all types of feeders it is important to rinse them thoroughly and let them dry completely before refilling them.

To attract my favorite birds I found that it helps to learn what type of seed they prefer.

For instance, your basic bag of mixed seeds includes millet, cracked corn, small sunflower seeds and milo. Now this will get the attention of jays and doves. But if you’d like to see chickadees and cardinals at your feeder, try putting out black oiled sunflower seeds. If you want to attract finches, nuthatches and siskins offer thistle seed. Now, don’t worry about thistles coming up everywhere, the seeds are generally sterilized. And here’s another idea, suet cakes. It’s a high-energy food made of animal fat and seeds that the woodpeckers just love.

With so many feeders on the market, how do you choose the best one? Well, one of the first considerations is durability, the thing has got to last. It needs to be well built, so it can withstand a fall. And it should be resistant to the weather, rust and squirrels. I also look for one that holds a lot of seed, so I don’t have to refill it so often.

Of course, you want a good-looking feeder, so style is also important. There are as many different types of bird feeders available as there are birds. I always seem to go for ones that blend into the environment. They should also be made with materials, paints and finishes that are non-toxic and bird-friendly.

I like tube feeders for a number of reasons. They don’t waste much seed and you can always tell how much food you have in them. And since they have small perches, it keeps large birds from dominating at feeding time. They are also made with smaller holes for specialty seed like thistles.

When placing my feeders, I like to put them in areas where the birds will feel safe. Close to a large shrub where they can take cover or up in the branches of a tree. And I set up several feeding stations in different areas of my garden to help disperse the bird activity. This prevents overcrowding. Periodically, I like to move my feeders around. This will reduce the concentration of droppings and possible diseases.

If you find a dead or diseased bird around your feeders, one not killed by a predator, you may want to disinfect your feeders weekly. You can do this by simply soaking them for 3 – 4 minutes in a solution of 1 part household bleach to 9 parts water.

Now, there’s another way that you can feed birds that’s particularly attractive to gardeners. Select plants for your garden that are both beautiful and produce fruits and berries that birds love to eat, like crabapples and dogwoods. And when it comes to shrubs, try something like grape hollies or roses for their beautiful bright hips in the winter.

Be sure and place your feeders and plants in places where you can enjoy watching the birds from your window. Nothing brightens a winter day like the beauty of colorful songbirds in your garden.

Source: P. Allen Smith Garden Home

Closed for Labor Day

Friday, August 3rd, 2018
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Happy Labor DayBirds & Beasleys will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 3rd. Come visit us over the weekend for all of your gift and birding needs. We will reopen with our normal hours on Tuesday, September 4th. Enjoy spending time with friends and family!

 

August 2018 Featured Products: Wedding Gifts, Hand-Painted Pottery, Chokecherry Jelly, Sarah Dragan Pottery

Thursday, July 26th, 2018
Hand-Painted Pottery

Sarah Dargan Small Pie Dish

Birds & Beasleys has a variety of one-of-a-kind gifts perfect for a wedding! From hand-painted pottery to oil paintings to chokecherry jelly, you are sure to find what you need this summer at Birds & Beasleys. Come by and see us this August!

Sarah Dargan Pottery: Birds & Beasleys has a wide variety of  pottery including honey jars, ice cream dishes, and pie plates. All of her work is high-fired in a gas reduction kiln. It is food, microwave, and dishwasher safe.

Wood Cutting Boards: Handcrafted from cherry and maple wood with walnut inlay. Made by skilled Montana craftspeople who take pride in their work. Contrary to popular opinion, wooden cutting boards are more sanitary than plastic.

Pottery from Montana Artists: Birds & Beasleys carries pottery from many local artists such as Terry Hill, Susan Carroll, Whitney Mitchell, Brandon Hudyma, and Cindy Eve.

Gourmet Snacks and Treats: From Kornutopia’s specialty popcorn to Montana made treats and treats from the Huckleberry People. Birds & Beasleys offers all different types of gourmet snacks including High Mountain’s Wild Chokecherry Jelly. Chokecherries are wild, hardy, tart berries with a distinctive flavor makes it a favorite for home jam and jelly makers.

Art: Oil Paintings from local artist Ann Patterson Bishop, Wooden Tree Sculptures by John Thompson, garden art by Dave Lawson. Come check our one-of-a-kind pieces!

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