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September 13, 2014

PetScoop: How Climate Change is Predicted to Affect North American Birds

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More than half of the approximately 650 bird species in North America could be severely affected by climate change, scientists from the National Audubon Society predicted in a disturbing study cited in Climate Change Will Disrupt Half of North America's Bird Species, Study Says | NYTimes.com.

Ecosystems and food chains are being threatened and some species of birds could decline or even disappear. Populations may be forced to relocate and deal with unfamiliar predators. This article links to an interactive graphic.

On the bright side, Dr. Langham said, his report shows that many species will continue in their current abundance and, mostly, their current locations: American robins, red-tailed hawks, western scrub jays, western meadowlarks, northern cardinals and northern mockingbirds.

And at least one species, popular among poets and jilted lovers, is expected to flourish as warming takes its course, Dr. Langham said. "You want to know what climate change sounds like?" he asked. "It's the sound of a mourning dove -- their climate potential is going to increase."

Other species may or may not be able to adapt.

Learn more about our wild birds at National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds: Eastern Region and National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds: Western Region.

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September 12, 2014

Gtech AirRam High-Power Cordless Vacuum Cleaner for Pet Cleanup

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Feeling overwhelmed by pet fur and feathers everywhere? This cordless Gtech AirRam High-power Cordless Vacuum Cleaner has powerful rotating brush bars that make it perfect for pet hair removal, cleaning on carpet, hard floors and tiled floors.

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The versatile AirRam is lightweight at just under 8 pounds and steers easily around your home. When needed, simply empty its removable tray and toss the accumulated fur and dirt into the trash. It's fitted with lifetime washable filters that are also easy to remove and clean.

At Gtech AirRam High-power Cordless Vacuum Cleaner.

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September 6, 2014

Portico Aviary for the Multi-Bird Household

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Many of us share our homes with multiple birds. This extremely spacious Portico Aviary makes a great safe spot for your smaller birds to frolic and play. There's a center vertical bar with 12 separate staggered perches and plenty of room for any extra perches, ropes, or play stands you may desire.

Two small windows in the main enclosure allow access to food and water trays, plus there's a large door and a smaller side door for easy cleaning. The Portico Aviary is designed to hold a multitude of smaller beautiful birds -- 8 to 10 canaries, cockatiels, pigeons, finches, or similar size birds and can be used both indoors and outdoors.

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August 16, 2014

Build a Good Birdhouse -- Cornell Lab of Ornithology's NestWatch Graphic Tutorial

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It's fun to have a birdhouse in the yard and educational for the children to learn about our wild birds. While there are many available online and in the stores, building a birdhouse at home is a terrific project.

Build a safe a successful birdhouse with guidance from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Features of a Good Birdhouse | NestWatch . This easy-to-follow graphic tutorial explains particulars such as construction, keeping it dry, regulating the temperature, discouraging predators and more.

At Birdhouse Kits.

Photo: Homemade by Andrikos and Hand-Painted by Izzy | Curbly

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August 9, 2014

Java Wood Tree Play Stand for Birds

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Plastic has been a boon to mankind, no doubt about it, but sometimes we yearn for something a little more natural. We can keep our caged birds happy with all-natural wood products too.

The Java Wood Table Top Bird Play Stand is a natural tree perch made from a single coffee tree after the tree becomes non-productive at about 25 to 35 years old. Each tree is handpicked and then handcrafted to perfection.

The finished perch is fun and functional for your bird, providing much needed time outside of the cage. It also makes for a unique home accessory. At Java Wood Tree Play Stand for Birds.

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August 2, 2014

Ant Guard for Bird Feeders

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Ants. Estimates are that ants number at least 1.5 million for every human being on Planet Earth. Somehow we are not surprised. It would be one thing if they kept to themselves, but often we see them crawling all over bird feeders and pet dishes outdoors where they don't belong.

This red Ant Guard for Bird Feeders helps keep those pesky ants away from your hanging bird feeders. It easily mounts in-line with hanging bird feeders. Especially good with hummingbird feeders filled with ant-attracting sweet nectar.

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August 1, 2014

"Kindness Is Powerful" Victoria Stillwell Women's Fitted T-shirt By Dog Is Good

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Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama is quoted as saying: "My true religion is Kindness."-- a worthy behavior model to aspire to daily and particularly towards our vulnerable, dependent pets.

This cute "Kindness Is Powerful" Victoria Stillwell Women's Fitted T-shirt makes a great reminder with the words Kindness Is Powerful on the front and Pass It On on the back.

This tee is cut to be a roomier flattering tee. Easy care in women's sizing Small to XX Large and pre-laundered to eliminate shrinkage. At "Kindness Is Powerful" Victoria Stillwell Women's Fitted T-shirt.


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July 26, 2014

Protective Shoulder Cape for Bird Owners

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Many of us enjoy letting our companion birds sit on our shoulder and chat. This encourages a close relationship, but also usually involves bird droppings on our clothes. This denim blue Protective Shoulder Cape is a simple, comfortable way for bird owners to protect our clothing.

It's made of durable poly/cotton with a heavy duty Velcro fastener in front to secure it. Store your pet birds favorite treats in the convenient treat pocket and clip a toy or two to the two D-rings.

At Protective Shoulder Cape.

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July 19, 2014

Hot New Bird Book Release -- The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar by Martin Windrow

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Here at Super Cool Pets we were surprised to hear the other day that pet birds such as parakeets, cockatiels, parrots are considered "exotic pets".

We understand that category for reptiles such as snakes and lizards, along with other normally wild animals such as rabbits, ferrets, mice, but birds and even fish?

So how about choosing an owl for a companion?

In The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar: Living with a Tawny Owl British military historian Martin Windrow tells the tale of his 15 year live-in relationship with a tawny owl he named "Mumble" who became his closest companion. Fascinating!

Read a good review here A Rare Bond | NYTimes.com, marred by spoiler at the very end.

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July 15, 2014

Hot New Pet Book Release -- Animal Madness by Laurel Braitman

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We all are expected to put on a happy face here in America, but the reality is that life is fraught with suffering. Suffering and fear thereof can lead to depression, anxiety and mental illness.

If you live with an animal and are an observant sort, you likely know that non-humans suffer mentally as well as physically. Laurel Braitman noticed this in her anxiety-prone Bernese Mountain Dog. Extensive subsequent research brought her to the conclusion that animals can lose their minds just like we humans.

That's the premise of her Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves -- that nonhuman animals can suffer from mental illnesses that mirror those that humans endure. And they can recover, just like we can.

Fascinating stuff at Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves.

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June 28, 2014

Red Mason Jar Glass Hummingbird Feeder

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Hummingbirds are attracted to the color red, so fans of these lovely birds often fill their yards with red flowering shrubs. The bright red color of this great looking Red Mason Jar Glass Hummingbird Feeder will eliminate the need to artificially color the nectar inside.

The large 32 oz. capacity glass bottle resembles vintage canning jars used in the 1800's. It will provide plenty of nectar for your hummers with 5 flower feeding ports, a base and a perch for the birds. The wide mouth makes for easy filling and cleaning.

At Amazon and Plow & Hearthicon

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June 21, 2014

Mesh Seed Guard for Bird Cages

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We love our sweet pet birds, but the mess they make is a downer. A Mesh Seed Guard will cut back on cleanup time and keep seeds, hulls and debris inside the bird cage to create a cleaner, healthier environment for all. In various sizes to fit your cage at Mesh Seed Guard.

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June 14, 2014

Globe Style Bird Bath and Waterer

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Providing a fresh supply of water is a priority for every birder. Clean, fresh water is essential to attract a healthy wild bird population. A good water source is one that is shallow (less than 3 inches) and is easily refreshed.

Give your backyard birds a place to frolic in the water with this Globe Style Bird Bath and Waterer. It has a durable water reservoir that holds over 100 ounces of water, then releases it immediately into four separate drinking bowls as needed.

At Globe Style Bird Bath and Waterer.

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June 7, 2014

Perch and Go Clear View Bird Carrier and Travel Cage

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Traveling with your pet bird is sometimes necessary for trips to the vet, on road trips, perhaps to your office, or just out and about. But travel with a bird does present challenges.

You want a safe carrier that your bird will not destroy. You don't want the bird to get injured or to escape in transit. Plus the carrier itself must be manageable--a size easy for you to carry and to fit in your vehicle.

The sturdy Perch and Go Clear View Bird Carrier and Travel Cage will meet these criteria. Your birds can see out which they will like. Suggested for Cockatiels, Conures, Quakers, Caciques, African Greys, Amazons, Mini Macaws, small Cockatoos and other similar size parrots.

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