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Plant Berries for Birds

first_imgWinter is when flocks of cedar waxwings and robins gorge themselves on winter berries.On the University of Georgia campus, these birds are now arriving en masse to feed onthe black fruits of cherry laurel and red berries of American holly.Winter is the right time to transplant, so how about adding some berry bushes to yourgarden for the birds? Here are some ideas to think about when planning a year-round berrycafeteria for birds.Do you want native or exotic plants? Would you prefer shrubs or trees?When do you want the fruit?For the earliest fruit in spring, the bronze eleaquus is a good choice. Its red ovalberry ripens in March or April.Later in the spring come red and white mulberries, followed by wild black cherry,blueberries (wild and cultivated), Chickasaw plum, juneberry and silverberry. That bringsus to the start of summer.For midsummer I can’t think of many favorites — maybe pokeweed. But as summer fadesand fall develops, there are many choices.I like American beauty-berry. It’s not really a preferred bird berry, but it isbeautiful. Autumn olive ripens in the fall, along with an array of fall berry plants:dogwoods, possum haw and hawthorns. I particularly like parsley haw.Fall berries that persist into winter are smooth sumac, sugarberry, hawthorns, callowaycrab apple, sparkleberry, cherry laurel and American holly. There are dozens more. Theseare just some of my favorites.What kinds of birds might come to your parade of berries? Not many, come to think ofit.Of Georgia’s 325-or-so kinds of birds, the most likely berry feeders to visit yourbackyard are the mockingbird, brown thrasher, catbird, robin, cedar waxwing, red-belliedwoodpecker, bluebird and — well, can you think of others?Before you buy your berry bonanza, think of any liabilities. Some of these plants areinvasive exotics and can spread to nearby natural areas and take over.Do you have the right place in full sun? If your choice will grow into a large tree, doyou have the right place?Does your soil type meet the specification of the plant? Blueberries and sparkleberry,for example, like acid soil.Call your county Extension agent and find out how to do a soil test. The agent can sendit in and get you a printout telling what your soil needs to support your favorite plants.If you want a chart describing favorite berry plants for birds, send me a note at theUniversity of Georgia, Extension Forest Resources, Forestry 4, Athens, GA 30602. I’ll mailyou one.last_img read more

Wenger: No one close to United

first_img Press Association Wenger allowed Van Persie to be sold to Manchester United last summer, in a lucrative £24million deal which City boss Roberto Mancini believes swung the balance of power back to Old Trafford. However, the French coach believes the way United have pulled clear this season is not simply down to the contribution of one player. “You can say that Robin had an impact, but the other teams are not as close this year like Man City, who were always top last year. This year it was one-way traffic,” said Wenger. “The difference is that City has dropped off.” He added: “United lost only on goal difference last year and if QPR did not know that they were safe, they (United) would have won it last year. “The game (against Manchester City) finished later. They (QPR) knew they were safe in added time. “Don’t you think that they knew? It is a kind of relief and could have contributed to the fact that they lost in the final two or three minutes.” A personal phone call from United boss Sir Alex Ferguson to Wenger helped push through the deal for Van Persie. The Arsenal manager, however, is adamant the club was put in an almost no-win situation because the Holland international did not want to sign a new deal. “The real issue was that Robin had only one year to go and he didn’t want to extend,” said Wenger. “You would face the same problem this year. Even if he had an exceptional season, he would be free, he will go somewhere else – and then people still say, ‘why did you let him go’?” Arsenal trail United by 21 points heading into the final four matches of what has been another frustrating Premier League campaign chasing Champions League qualification rather than mounting a long-overdue sustained title challenge. center_img Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Manchester City’s drop in consistency had a bigger impact on the Barclays Premier League title race than just the goals of Robin van Persie.last_img read more

Officials: Florida robbery bomb was fake

first_imgOn Tuesday evening, the man was in the drive-through lane of the bank where he works. The device was strapped to him with duct tape, and he seemed convinced that it was a real bomb, Rode said. It wasn’t clear how the robbery occurred. Authorities said the employee passed a “significant amount” of money to two men and a woman he claimed had abducted him at gunpoint from his Dania Beach home and brought him to the Wachovia bank branch in downtown Hollywood. The employee said the alleged kidnappers wore masks, the two men had guns and he could only provide a generic description to investigators, Rode said. The bank employee, whose identity was not released, was not injured. He and his girlfriend were questioned overnight by investigators and released early Wednesday, but it was still unclear whether they had been victims or participants, Rode said. “We have more questions than answers,” he said. “One question is, are they somehow involved? We just don’t know. We’re treating them for now as victims, but that could change.” The Broward County sheriff’s bomb squad used a robot to detonate the suspected bomb after removing it from the man. “It would not have exploded by itself,” Rode said Wednesday. The case was reminiscent of a bank robbery in 2003 in which a pizza delivery driver in Erie, Pa., was found with a bomb attached to a homemade collar around his neck. The pizza delivery man, Brian Wells, told police he had been abducted and forced to rob the bank. State troopers arrested him and called in a bomb squad, but the device exploded, killing Wells, before they could remove it. Federal prosecutors in July said Wells was knowingly involved in the robbery plot, an allegation Wells’ family denies.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CRIME: Police investigate whether a bank employee was involved in the incident. By The Associated Press HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – A device strapped to a bank employee’s chest during a robbery was not a bomb, police said Wednesday as they worked to determine whether the man was a participant in the crime or a victim. “The bomb squad made the determination that it was in fact a hoax bomb,” said police Capt. Tony Rode. last_img read more


first_imgCanadian magician Celeste Evans, a headstrong entertainer whose trailblazing career took her around the world during an era that largely discouraged such female independence, has died.The B.C.-born illusionist was largely self-taught and loved to perform, despite facing huge hurdles in an industry dominated by men, said her daughter Evanna Brening from her home in North Carolina.Brening said her mother died of old age on July 25 in Charlotte, N.C. She was 85. Celeste Evans, a rare female magician who launched a globe-trotting career in a field dominated by men, has died. (EVANNA EVANS / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Login/Register With: “She was completely something different,” said the 47-year-old Brening, who joined her mother onstage once she learned to juggle at age seven.“When we would go to the conventions we would tell the young kids: ‘Find your niche, don’t be somebody else, find out who you are and create a character around that.’ And that’s what my mother did, she created a character around what God gave her.” Advertisement Facebook A curvy brunette with Jane Russell looks, Evans offered a uniquely feminine take on a craft that generally relegated women to the sidelines. She began seriously training in the late ‘40s and performing in the early ‘50s.And it didn’t take long to establish a globe-trotting career that was in part, Brening admitted, fuelled by her good looks and penchant for racy Rockette-style costumes.“The women before her were more (often) wearing men’s suit jackets or these big dresses where they can still hide things. Then my mom comes along and the magicians to this day do not know where she hid her birds. She produced eight to 12 doves wearing a strapless, sleeveless gown.”Toronto-based magician Julie Eng said she grew up hearing about Evans as a kid in Victoria, B.C. She met her for the first time in 2010 at a magic conference in Chicago.Eng was ushered into performing by her magician father, but said she couldn’t help but be inspired by Evans.“She was astounding to me. She’s a stunning lady and she was very confident, very feminine, very strong and yet incredibly elegant and really held her own,” said Eng, also executive director of the arts organization Magicana.“Women in magic today is nothing like it was for her. She cut the path.”Evans was born in White Rock, B.C. on Dec. 31, 1931.She caught the magic bug at age nine when she came across a couple of boys doing tricks at the beach. They were throwing knots into silks that would then disappear and she immediately wanted to try it herself. But they dismissed her.“So she said to them, ‘I will learn magic and I will become famous for this,’” said Brening.“For years (afterwards) they had always tried to get her to be their assistant and she vowed at that time, ‘I will never be your assistant, I will never be anybody’s assistant.’ And she never was.”Evans bought a magic book by selling berries to tourists. She made her own props and mastered the knot trick. It would become her opening trick for some 60 years, said Brening.“She still could do that trick even days before she died,” Brening added.As her career grew Evans moved to Vancouver, then Montreal, then Toronto and then New York. It was there she reinvented herself as a svelte performer that would mix glamour with magic, shedding 40 pounds so she could shimmy into dazzling costumes for a stage show unlike any other, said Brening.Over the course of her career she would entertain logging camps in Alaska, Canadian troops in Korea, Playboy clubs in Chicago, and tour throughout Asia. Brening said she performed for kings and queens and headlined her own Las Vegas show in 1962.It wasn’t easy. Discrimination came from fellow male magicians, some of whom resented her success, added Brening.“So the rumours started flying about her, just nasty, nasty rumours. She had to overcome that.”Evans wed her booking agent in December 1962 but married life did not slow her down, said Brening.She continued performing during her first pregnancy and was onstage the day before she went into premature labour.Brening arrived a year later via caesarean section, and just two weeks later, Evans was back performing, a girdle holding in staples that ran down her stomach.Brening credited her mother with instilling in her a confidence to tackle anything she desires.“If somebody told her, ‘You can’t do it,’ she’d prove them wrong,” said Brening, who became a nurse who performs the odd magic trick for her patients.“She changed the face of magic for women today. There were women magicians before her but none like her.”Evans is predeceased by Harry Breyn and Herbert E. Mitchell. She leaves behind Brening, son Evan Breyn, and two grandchildren. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more