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BirdLife Community - The Jaragua Summer Camp: fifteen years of experience in the environmental awareness of local communities


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09/21/2011 The Jaragua Summer Camp: fifteen years of experience in the environmental awareness of local communities

Last August, Grupo Jaragua (BirdLife in the Dominican Republic) held its 15th Jaragua Summer Camp and in turn, celebrated 15 years of continuous efforts towards a greater environmental awareness in local communities.

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Halloween: Kid's Dessert Table + HALF PRICE Printables!

Posted: 22 Sep 2011 04:37 AM PDT

During the next few weeks we'll be showing you some fabulous seasonal party ideas and party recipes to help you get inspired for Halloween! :)

You may have seen this fantastic party by my mega talented friend Chris from Celebrations at Home, in our Fall magazine (here) but we do have some unseen, exclusive eye candy for you! ;)

Chris used our Halloween Party printables to help embellish this spooktacular desserts table!! (yes, spooktacular is one of my favorite words lately...) - Check out Chris's styling tips below...

I was thrilled to work with Candy Valley Cake Co. again – they made these adorable and delicious Halloween cake balls that look like jack-o-lanterns, and ghosts. These are the star of our sweets table and can be washed down with milk served from my "ghost" milk bottles.

In using the printable paper collection for this design I wanted to do something different. I think we are well versed in the application of cupcake circles, but how about using the circles as snack sack embellishments – creating a sort of "backdrop" to the treats inside. I did that with small white bags found at Michael's, added a strip of ribbon down the front, and placed them in a library-style drawer. I also used one of the Halloween Party Tags and cut it down to fit into the label plate across the front of the drawer. 

You don't have to use printable party sets only for tags, cupcakes, and place card – get creative and think of how you can use them differently!

The party printables also include has cut-outs that can be used in hundreds of ways. I placed the printable bats on skewers, printable pumpkins on the centerpiece 'haunted house', and to decorate favor tins.

I have to say I was quite proud of my self when I came up with the idea of creating these "ghost" milk bottles. They are unique and whimsical and add a great detail to the table. I simply used small Styrofoam balls and placed them on top of the bottle filled with milk. Then draped cheesecloth over the whole thing, which clings to the ball to make it secure. I then punched out circles from black paper and glued them on for eyes. All the kids have to do is remove the ball with cheesecloth and drink their milk.

A few of the treats from the table can be used as favors. We have "test tubes" filled with Reese's Pieces, and black tins filled with my favorite seasonal mix, cocktail peanuts and candy corn. When eaten together it tastes just like a PayDay candy bar!

Party Credits:

Styling and Photography: Celebrations at Home
Halloween party printables: Bird's Party
Cake Pops: Candy Valley Cake Company


Well, Chris your fabulous tips and amazing creativity are awe-inspiring!! Thanks you so much for your hardwork, creative talent and for for this spooky and so yummy Halloween tablescape!! It sure helped to beautify our magazine pages too! ;D

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Dr. Jungle's Animal Speak

Dr. Jungle's Animal Speak

Purchasing a Hedgehog

Posted: 21 Sep 2011 07:48 AM PDT

African Hedgehog

Pet Ownership: Purchasing a Hedgehog

They look cute on the cartoon and quite harmless. We are speaking of hedgehogs. They are not your traditional pet so make sure that you do some research before you buy one as a pet.

Hedgehogs are becoming more popular as pets these days. They are small animals that have pointed noses and whose skin is covered in quills. They remind people of porcupines only more compact.

Even though they are small, owning one is not a walk in the park. Here are several tips that can help you know before you buy if a hedgehog will make a good pet for your lifestyle and family situation.

What to Know before Buying a Hedgehog

1. Check the Laws – Know the laws. Hedgehogs may not be allowed as pets inside city limits in all areas. If they are allowed, you may need a special permit. Don't get your heart set on one until you know that it is a possibility.
2. Hedgehogs are solitary animals – This means that they don't get along well with other animals sharing their space, especially another hedgehog. Putting two together can be disastrous as they will fight.
3. Hedgehog females can breed early – As early as eight weeks a female can have a litter. It is best for them to wait until they are at least five months of age.
4. Know how to house them – Besides being alone, hedgehogs need a solid walled cage that they can exist in. An aquarium can work or you can build a habitat for them. When you first bring your hedgehog home, it is important to let him stay in his cage so he can become familiar with the surroundings. Hedgehogs also need very warm temperatures to feel comfortable (75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit). If they become too cool it can induce a partial hibernation state which can be deadly for your pet.
5. Know how to feed and entertain them – They can play with plastic toys made for dogs or even blocks of wood or flowerpots. It is good to create a habitat with hiding places so they can slip out of view. Also, they eat vegetables, some fruit, insects, worms and also foods of other animals such as cats and dogs. Don't feed them too much or weight will become a problem. Hedgehogs need regular exercise. They can get them by themselves but will welcome you to play with them if you do so consistently.
6. Know how to care for them – Hedgehogs need to have their quills cleaned. Also be careful if they are losing too many quills outside of the times when they shed them naturally. It could be a sign that they are sick or are not getting enough nutrients in their diet. Their habitat needs regular cleaning and daily litter box changes. They also don't like too much noise at all.

If you want a hedgehog as a pet, go into it with your eyes open. They are small but delicate and need a lot of regular care.

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