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19 Jan 2017

Bird of the Month: American Goldfinch

 

Goldfinches are common in grassy meadows and weedy areas where they feed on thistle and other seeds. The male American Goldfinch is easily recognized by its bright yellow color and black and white striped wings, whereas the females have a dull, olive color. Their plumage changes to a muted olive green or brown color in winter. Goldfinches are very acrobatic and can land on a grass or thistle stalk to feed.  They nest mid- summer once their main food source, weed seeds, are readily available. Typically goldfinches produce one brood of chicks a year. Goldfinches are a year round resident in Teton Valley and are easily attracted to bird feeders, preferring sunflower and nyger (thistle) seed.  To attract goldfinches to your yard, try hanging a thistle feeder or thistle sock. Feeders should be placed near other small trees or shrubs so birds have safe cover while they eat.

 winter goldfinch plumage

 

04 Jan 2017

Teton Valley Winter Farmer’s Market

The Teton Valley Winter Farmer’s market returns for its third season beginning January 7th.  Kick off the New Year in our heated greenhouse with local honey, art work and prepared foods. Fill your tummies with tempting baked goods, eggs, locally made cheese, preserves and meat. Enjoy live music from 11-1 each week featuring local artists each week. The Winter Market will continue every Saturday from 10:00-3:00 through March 18th. Stay in tune with the latest news and updates.  Follow the market on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tetonvalleywintermarket/

03 Jan 2017

The holidays are over, what should I do with my Christmas tree?

Don’t just toss that tannenbaum, try these alternate ways repurpose your Christmas tree.

• ‘Plant’ your tree outside. Go out and stick it in the snow. Birds love evergreens for protection in the winter months. This is also a great way to visualize any future tree placements!
• Use the boughs as cover. Do you have a spot near your house that is always bare in the winter? Use the boughs as insulation for perennials flower beds where snow cover is unreliable.
• Make coasters and trivets. Saw the trunk into ½ inch rounds, sand until smooth and coat with polyurethane. These make a great gift.
• Feed the fire. Make it a party and burn it in an outdoor fire pit. It’s best to wait a few months for the wood to dry out. Solstice party anyone?
• Recycle it. Many communities take trees and chip them into mulch to be given away or to be used in public areas. Locally, undecorated and tinsel-free trees can be dropped off for free at the rodeo grounds in Jackson any time before the end of January or recycled at the transfer station in Driggs during operating hours.