Well, we’ve finally had some summer-like weather here after what seems like weeks of rain. I’ve been seeing more and more Hummingbirds in my backyard so I thought it would be a great idea to give all my hummer feeders a good cleaning. Using rice and water is the best because it scours the inside of the feeders and will get rid of even the toughest mold. Our question for David this week comes from someone who is almost a neighbour, the next island over. It’s about a nest full of young Red-Breasted Sapsuckers that never seem to stop chirping. Lisa is wondering if it’s normal behaviour, or if something is wrong with the chicks. On EnviroMinute, I talk about switching to LED light bulbs which use up to 85% less energy than traditional bulbs. We are gradually switching over to LEDs as our regular bulbs burn out. In the news, scientists have finally figured out what determines the shape of different birds’ eggs, Poland is getting reprimanded for trying to log one of Europe’s oldest forests (which I visited in February), and in New Zealand, some tree fruits produce hormones that help endangered species breed. 

Have a great week everyone!

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