CLEANING MEAT -- As soon as unwrapped, clean all meat with ARM & HAMMER or COW BRAND BAKING SODA solution (a small handful to 2 cups of water). This removes foreign matter and dried blood. Store on a clean plate in the refrigerator.Close-ups of some of my favorites...
Check out the mayfly! A couple summers ago I saw a black phoebe catch a GIANT dragonfly and then spend about 5 minutes scraping it on the ground to get the wings off.
Nuthatches are awesome.
Basically, birds are useful on account of the bug-eating.
"Like most of the Warbler family, it [Common Yellowthroat] performs a great service to man in the consumption of harmful insects."
"This bird [Black-capped Chickadee] is one of the greatest insect destroyers in the whole bird world."
Forgot to include this guy in my collage, which is too bad because it's really lovely -- see the tiny insect he's going after?
The lot that I bought on eBay had assorted cards from series 9 and 10, with many copies of the same card -- perfect for my project because I wanted to display both the front and back of some cards. Once I thought of using the clear ruler for rotary cutting to get them all arranged it went a lot faster :-). The cards are quite small; about 1 7/8" x 2 3/4", and each collage is about 10 x 12.