All yards can, potentially, be natural habitats for birds.

Even though our neighborhoods occupy what was once their natural habitat, it needn’t be a catastrophe. The right selection and location of plants will offer a nearly natural habitat for song birds.

Surprisingly, wild birds readily accept this substitution, and our backyard bird gardens become an extension of the surrounding natural habitat.

Converting your backyard into a bird garden can be a great family activity. In fact, just watching and feeding wild birds is a great way for the entire family to become aware of bird conservation.

Those members of the family with limited mobility can still enjoy nature from a window, patio, or deck. Imagine the impact of a bird garden for seniors and shut-ins, and for the ill or disabled.

Bird gardens are perfect conservation classrooms. One of the most exciting lessons is learning the various species of birds in your area.

You will need a good, easy-to-use field guide, such as Birds of North America, or Peterson’s East and West. An online search for “bird field guides” will provide you with many more.

You will learn that birds are identified according to their physical characteristics. For example, distinguishing a crow from a turkey is obvious just by looking at them.

These characteristics are helpful in recognizing the birds that visit your backyard bird garden: Size – overall ; Shape of their bodies; Coloring; Special markings; Shapes of their beaks; In-flight shape of wings and feet.

Your family, especially the kids, will become experts at distinguishing bird calls. Each species is unique, and most are obvious. A Sparrow’s “chipping” is quite plain in comparison to a Cardinal’s lovely “trilling” song.

A natural bird habitat can actually be a neighborhood of backyards (from a bird’s point of view)… with each backyard gardener contributing to the success of this unique bird habitat.

So, the question remains… just how vital is your individual backyard garden to wild birds?

Assuming you have selected and located your plantings correctly, wild birds will treat your backyard garden as a natural continuation of their normal habitat.

And the answer is… you and your bird garden are enormously vital to their survival!

Warts are extremely ordinary thing to appear on the dog’s body. However, you should be sure that these warts won’t harm your dog in any way. Usually, there are two kinds of warts, which occur on dogs: the ones, which appear on the old aged dogs and the ones that appear on the young aged dogs. In both the cases, you must take whole precaution about these warts. Generally, the warts, which appear on the old aged dogs, disappear on their own. However, the ones on the young dogs take some time. Due to this, the young dogs also suffer a lot. Their growth gets hampered in a huge way due to the warts, which decreases their appetite in a big way.

In order to treat your dog in a better way, you should definitely consult your doctor and find appropriate requirements for your dog. Dog Warts Treatment is very simple as in many cases it disappears on its own. However, the area of concern is that, why does it appears on your dog? This might be because of the many infections that your dog might have caught from other pets. If your dog comes in touch with another dog, which is already suffering from the warts, it will easily catch an infection with the physical touch. And, in case not treated in time, the infection might boost to a greater level. The medicines offered by your medical professional will cure all the infections and make your dog a healthy pet once again.

Again, you’ll find exceptional cases where these warts do not go on their own, or cause cruel troubles to your dog. In such cases, you can go for the various treatments like laser surgical procedure and crushing the warts etc. With the help of this Dog Warts Therapy, your dog will finally feel better in all respects. Treating the warts of your pet needs great attention. It is best to be sure that your dog is not hurt in any ways.

Going for the correct treatment in right time will certainly reduce the pain of your dog. Therefore, you must act immediately the moment you discover a wart on your dog’s eye lashes, lips, tongue or any other part of the body. Even when you cannot locate the warts, you can understand with the unpleasant breath or bleeding of the dog. These signs and symptoms are probably the most common indicators of the presence of the warts on your dog’s body. The Dog Warts Treatment is totally different and simpler than other treatments.

The very famous nursery rhyme, Mary Had a Little Lamb, was originally written as a poem and published in 1830. You may be surprised to learn that the story is based on an actual event; Mary did in fact have a baby lamb which her brother encouraged her to take to school. There happened to be a visitor there that day who was so taken with the entire incident that the next day he came back and gave Mary a piece of paper which contained the three original stanzas of the poem.

While we all can’t be Mary and own lambs (or take them to school), we can have stuffed lambs as pets instead. Who can resist these adorable baby animals? Stuffed lambs are soft and cuddly, much like the real thing. While we tend to think of most plush toys as comforts for our children, lambs in particular fit that bill more than most. When our children are sick, or when they can’t fall asleep, we may reach for stuffed lambs to help comfort them (though a stuffed lamb toy is good anytime!). One look at a stuffed lambs face and your child will be soothed instantly.

The term lamb is not surprisingly, used as a term of endearment, particularly when referring to children; my little lamb, pet lamb, and precious lamb are some of the more common ones. Lambs signify purity and meekness, all traits we see in our children, especially the very young, thus the use of such a fond term as [‘lamb’] is an appropriate one for our kids.

Given lambs also represent innocence, stuffed lambs make excellent gifts and are often given to parents of new born babies. Stuffed lambs have the most sweet and appealing faces they are always made to look like a picture of happiness. In addition, stuffed lambs can be purchased in a variety of body positions; you can buy stuffed lambs standing (on two or four legs), sitting, and lying down.
If collecting plush toys is something that interests you or your child, stuffed lambs would make an excellent addition. They come in a wide variety of colors and like with all plush toys, you can dress them up in hats and coats (to name a few) if that interests you.

While most baby animals (like lambs, bunnies, and chicks) tend to remind us of spring and renewal, we don’t have to wait until then for our child to be able to snuggle up with a plush one. That said, stuffed lambs are an ideal gift at any time of the year and you’ll be guaranteed that your child won’t go to sleep without it once they have one!

Jaipur, known as the Pink City is a beautiful sight to behold. Stunning hilltop palaces and forts lay like footprints from the rich and royal past. Jaipur was known to be one of India’s first planned cities. Find a treasure trove of goods in open bazaars where if you are brave enough, you may test your bargaining skills. The saris on sale are so beautiful and colourful, that you cannot help but buy one.

Visiting Jaipur there are so many attractions, festivals and things to do. Among the best places to visit while on holiday or if you have a day to spare while on business would be Jantar Mantar a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The battle scarred Old City from which Jaipur derives its moniker is beautiful to behold at sunset when the rays make the city glow with is soft shades of gold and pink.

Travel 2.5 kilometres to the east of the city and find the Temple of the Sun God which is also known as the Galta Monkey Temple. A popular place among the locals for worship, non-believers are also allowed to the temple. However, it is best if you are dressed modestly when going to religious places in India in general. One would also be advised to wear sensible shoes as upon reaching the temple site, you will have to walk through a gorge which is a steady climb to the distance of 200meters.

The biggest possible highlight of visiting the temple is the monkeys that inhabit the surroundings. Very familiar with humans the monkeys wait for visitors to feed them fresh fruit and vegetables. It is not uncommon for them to come right up expecting food. Considered an extremely holy place for Hindus, the Galta Monkey Temple has a complex with holy water which is for bathing, which is considered an act of purifying yourself.

Looking for a Jaipur hotel on your next visit to the Pink City? The Gateway Ramgarh Lodge Jaipur is a comfortable and spacious accommodation choice that is centrally located to allow for some exciting Jaipur sightseeing. Make a choice to stay in this hotel and enjoy conveniences, amenities and service that keep both the travelling businessman and holiday seeker in mind.

Celtic animal symbolism is a part of Celtic lore that many people have been analyzing as they try to understand the meaning placed on these animals by the Celtic people. Since there are no written accounts provided for us by the Celts, understand that this information is the result of many different interpretations.

Because of the fascination with this animal symbolism, people love to wear it through their Celtic jewelry. This is one area of Celtic designer jewelry that is quite popular. Let’s take a quick look at some of the animals that are linked to Celtic lore.

The Celtic dog: The ancient people held their dogs in high esteem and as a necessity to their way of life. Dogs were present with them while hunting and, in general, throughout life as a close companion. The dog symbolized good health.

The Celtic cat: Knowledge of the mystic world is held by the cat. They were seen as a guardian to what was called the Otherworld, or the eternal. Cats were seen as intelligent and crafty and bearers of an internal knowledge regarding the unseen.

The Celtic goose: Since geese were quite common over in Ireland, it would seem natural that this animal would have meaning to the ancients. The thought of “home” is symbolized by the goose. Geese always come back to the same area each spring and since the Celts were often involved with war, they looked at the goose as a reminder of home. They also saw this animal as a representation of changes in our moods or heart. In addition, the idea of “oneness” was symbolized by geese.

The Celtic duck: The duck represented gracefulness and agility as well as resourcefulness and honesty. Since ducks are quite sensitive to all that is around them, they also represented sensitivity to the ancient people.

The Celtic bull: Wealth and abundance is represented here. The ancient people used the bull for food and it represented good times in terms of abundant living. Also, the bull symbolized strength in terms of sexuality. This symbol was used in the bedroom to help bring the correct mentality for sexual strength. It represented fertility in women and virility in men. Another representation was that of being stubborn, being of strong will and/or being uncompromising in personality.

The Celtic dolphin: Luck is quite often associated with the dolphin. Since the ancient people most often saw dolphins off their shores whenever the seas were calm and easygoing, this idea of luck or good times came to be represented. Friendship and intelligence are represented by the dolphin in addition to idea of luck. The Celts liked the dolphin, also, for its ability to be fast swimmers in the sea and for its overall cleverness.

Something such as a raw cat food diet may sound slightly alien to you, as you’ll most likely be used to feeding your cat a shop bought, pre cooked food from a can or package. This, you may think, is the best option for your cat, and it is wise to keep buying and feeding your cat such foods. However, there is research that suggests feeding your cat a raw food diet as the best option.

Homemade cat food can be extremely beneficial when Feeding Kittens or fully grown cats, as the benefits can be felt even in later life – your cat does not need to have been feed on raw foods its whole life to make the change, although it is beneficial to start the cat on raw food as young as possible in its life in order for it to reap the benefits for the longest possible period of time.

Tests have shown that in a controlled scientific environment, where the tests are carried out to extreme degrees, cats on a raw food diet coped will and had good health, whereas cats on a cooked food diet had issues with reproduction after just a few generations. In addition, these cats also developed medical issues such as mouth and gum disease along with bladder and heart problems, also within just a few generations.

However, you would think that this would ruin the line of successive cats in their bloodline – this is not the case, as when changing these cats to a raw food diet, and all their successive children to such a diet, the bloodline returned to a fully healthy one within a few generations. The benefit of this raw food diet is clear for all to see.

Homemade Cat Food may sound like something that will make you uneasy, as the onus is on you to create the food suitable for your cat to eat. The process is extremely simple and almost impossible to get wrong, but you can be safe in the knowledge that even if you do somehow manage to mess up, your cat will be fine; in the wild, cats eat all sorts of things, living and dead, which can hold a range of bacteria inside. Despite this, a wild cat will survive, due to their highly acidic stomachs, which are prepared to deal with most things they can throw at them.

If you are still worried about contaminates or issues with homemade cat food there are some easy steps which you can take to be safe:

Keep all surfaces and hands used to prepared food 100% clean at all times

Add probiotics to the food, to aid intestinal health

Buy meat from a trustworthy butcher

Steer clear of ground beef from the supermarket in packages, it will not be as fresh as that from a butcher

Vets, otherwise known as Veterinary Surgeons are physicians for animals, much like humans, animal have a wide range of ailments that need attending to. With the increase in the number of pet insurance policies taken out and also the amount people are prepared to spend on their cherished animals the demand and thus the financial reward for Vets has increased.

To become a veterinary surgeon it is important firstly that you have a passion for the welfare of animals. Although making a good living from becoming a vet should be a concern, it in most cases should not be the primary reason for becoming a vet. The skills required to become a vet are similar to those required by a paediatrician. Animals (the same as Children) cannot communicate their symptoms to you and therefore you will be relying on testimony from the owners as well as your own individual skill to asses and diagnose your patients and offer a suitable course of treatment.

If you wish to become a vet you will have to obtain a veterinary degree also known as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from a suitable establishment, plus in addition you must obtain a license to practice. Such a qualification will not only allow you to treat animals with standard complaints but also to specialise in animal healthcare niches. Obviously the rules and regulations for veterinary surgeons vary between countries, so be sure to check with your local licensing boards as part of your research on your path to become a vet.

Most people once qualified choose to treat domestic animals due to the fact that the demand here is always great and there are plenty of opportunities available for newly qualified vets. This is also a good route to take for those who, in the future, wish to open up their own veterinary surgery with other veterinary surgeons working for their practice.

It can take up to 8 years to obtain the qualifications to become a vet once leaving secondary education, moreover competition for places at Universities which offer degrees in Veterinary medicine is fierce, but for those who gain a place and graduate the rewards are great both in terms of job satisfaction and remuneration.

When speaking of a clicker for training purposes, you would normally associate such a device with the training of dogs. However, they are also a very handy tool when it comes to teaching cat tricks or just to make life easier for a cat owner.

As cat training tips go, this could be the one that is relatively unheard of yet has so many great benefits, it should be shouted about! Proving to be a very effective way of rewarding a cat when they have done something right, a clicker can be used alongside other toilet training tips or just general training altogether for a much easier and more enjoyable ride.

When you hand a cat a treat when they have done something that is right, they may not always know exactly what they are being rewarded for so by clicking the clicker device at the same time, they know exactly what they have done right and can then accept the treat and go about their usual routine.

When the cat associated the clicker with a treat, it soon recognizes that when they are being well behaved or have done something good such as using their cat flap rather than pawing at the door or using the litter tray. In many cat training tips books or website, most of them state that getting the cats attention straight after a good action and then providing them with a treat can be more useful than just giving them a treat alone.

Cats will be able to hear sounds such as the clicker much clearer than they can hear a voice so as cat training tips go, the clicking noise could be the best tip you ever picked up. The clickers tone will always stay the same whereas a humans voice changes tone and pitch which means the clicking noise will always be recognized whereas your voice may not. Clickers are also quicker than phrases and one example of this is that is takes longer to say something along the lines of well done or good girl/boy than it would be to depress the clicking device.

If you are looking for the greatest cat training tips either to teach your cat tricks or just with regards to toilet training tips then using a clicker could just be the perfect thing for both you and your furry pal!

Throughout history, certain species of birds have formed strategic partnerships with other animals. And these partnerships have seeming served both of them well. Here are just a few of those pairings.

One of these strange relationships is the one that wild pigs have with robins in Europe. Wild pigs are known for their digging ability. So much so, that many people refer to them as digging machines. And what they are digging for is root foods which they live on. They also feed on grubs and small worms that they find in the soil.

Over the years, the robin has noticed that whenever these wild pigs appear and start to dig up the ground, they are also digging up and exposing worms. As a result, robins have learned to stay close to these pigs as they begin to dig so they can scoop up the worms that appear on the surface.

In a like manner, the Nightjar has an interesting symbiotic relationship with wild cattle and goats in areas where the both live. For the most part, nightjars are birds of the night. Their primary diet consists of moths and beetles. The bird is a great aerial hunter and, even in mid flight, is capable of deftly snatching moths from the air. However, when it is on the ground, it is typically hunting ants and beetles.

During the passing of many hundreds of years, the nightjar has come to notice that when wild cattle and goats are grazing nearby, that their continuous moving around agitates the ground on which they are grazing. And as they do this, all of the activity causes insects to come above ground. So insects such as beetles and moths, are all of a sudden on the surface making them easy pickings for predators. As a result, the nightjar has learned that its often easier to follow the herds and feed off of the insects that they dig up than it is to hunt and scrounge for their own meals.

The oxpecker bird is yet another illustration of birds forming symbiotic relationships. The oxpecker is a close relation to the starling. And within Africa, this bird has a real working partnership with many animals – antelope, buffalo, rhinoceros, and even the giraffe. The relationship has to do with the fact that ticks and lice are very common in this environment.

They are a nuisance to these large animals because their eggs hatch on the animal’s surface and immediately becomes a parasite by gorging on their blood. If an animal gets enough of these on its skin, it can find its strength and staminal slowly being drained away.

Oxpeckers love these parasites because they contain lots of blood which has a ton of nourishments. They comb through the skin and hairs of these large animals and consume all of the ticks and lice that they find. A win/win for everyone.

Today was the second day of CAT 2013 exam. The first session for Day 2, on October 18, got over this afternoon at 1.00 PM. MBAUniverse.com editorial team was present on many centers in New Delhi, Noida and spoke to students for their first reaction. According to the students, the Verbal section was difficult with long passage. Logical Reasoning was also tricky and calculation intensive. Students also said that Quantitative section was however Moderate in difficulty level in comparison to Verbal section. A test taker Amit Srivastava from Delhi shared his experience and said, -I thought Quant would be hard but to my surprise verbal section was more difficult this time. One of the passages was very long and at least four LR questions were very tricky.- One of the test taker in Noida, Sonal said, -Algebra and function had the maximum questions in Quant. Data Interpretation was fine. There was no Fill in the blanks in Verbal section though.- Let us have a look at the question types in the sections: Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation: Moderate The Quantitative Ability area had maximum questions from Algebra and Functions. Rests of the questions were from the other known topics such as Arithmetic, Trigonometry, Functions, Mensuration, Time Speed & Distance etc. Permutation & Combination was again missing from many students question set similar to DAY 1. Data Interpretation area saw questions on Pie Chart and Caselets and was termed as average in difficulty level by many students. Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning: Difficult, lengthy and tricky The Verbal Ability questions were on Reading Comprehension, Para Jumble, Vocabulary, Error correction in paragraph, identifying the Out of Context sentences. There was no fill in the blanks in verbal section of many students. Passages were long while questions were direct. According to MBAUniverse.com Verbal Ability expert Prof SK Agarwal, Vocabulary was fine but at least one passage was lengthy. Overall the verbal section was on a difficult side. The Logical Reasoning questions were lengthy and tricky. In comparison to DAY 1, DAY 2 of CAT 2013 saw a better attendance of students. MBAUniverse.com will continue to update this analysis. For more updates and student’s feedback, visit MBAUniverse.com Forum . Stay tuned to MBAUniverse.com for more updates on CAT 2013 exam