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For the neighbors:
Introduce feathered friends to your neighbors and co-workers. Take some of your newly acquired, gourmet bird seed and re-package it in up-cycled containers such as jelly jars or brown paper bags. Create custom labels with feeding instructions and use last year’s greeting cards to make gift tags. Cost determined by how much seed you give and how crafty you feel.
For children ages 5-8:
Children’s books about birds that we recommend include Nerdy Birdy by Aaron Reynolds, Have You Seen Mary? by Nebraska author Jeff Kurrus and Fine Feathered Friends by Dr. Seuss. Available at most online bookstores. Cost: $9-$12.
For family and friends:
Membership in the National Audubon Society. It includes a bi-monthly color magazine with in-depth birding information, updates and environmental news. And it provides funding to help bird science all over the world. Also includes automatic membership in Audubon Society of Omaha. Great for those who are beginning their bird journey. Click here for membership details. Cost: $30 per year.
For the spoiled bird:
A heated birdbath! Perfect for our winter and spring weather conditions. Many styles are available for deck mounting, freestanding or sitting on the ground. Keeps water from freezing so birds can drink what they need without the trouble of having to set out water every four hours. Requires an outdoor electrical outlet and extension cord. Available at Wild Birds Unlimited or at Bestnest.com. Cost: $65 and up.
For the cuddler:
Audubon Birds with sound by Wild Republic. These plush songbirds accurately sing their own songs. Available in over 30 different birds, from Bluebirds to Woodpeckers, these stuffed toys are incredibly popular with children of all ages. (I had to buy one for my husband after giving them as prizes to students.) Cute, cuddly and chirpy, they also make good gifts for shut-ins or get-wells. Available online at Stuffed Safari (search for Audubon Birds) or at the Fontenelle Forest gift shop. Cost: $9-$12 each.
For the coffee table set:
Audubon Birds of America: The Audubon Society Baby Elephant Folio. Give a new printing of this classic edition of John James Audubon’s masterwork. Although the illustrations were created in the 17th century, they are timeless and worthy of display or casual browsing in any well-appointed home. Available at amazon.com. Cost: $166, new. On a budget, give the Kindle version for $10. Or download FREE high-resolution digital files to print at home and frame. Click here to learn more.