HOME & GARDEN
May 24, 2007 |
THOSE backyard birds love millet and sunflower seeds, but do they love Rapson and Davidson? It should come as no surprise that the truly modern household now can have a truly modern birdhouse, including one that takes its cues from Case Study modernists Ralph Rapson or J.R. Davidson. Whether in rustic woods, stainless steel or eco-friendly recycled plastic, the newest designs for birdhouses and feeders are fresh takes on the old pine boxes and bell-shaped seed balls of yesteryear.
October 23, 1988 |
Birdhouses outnumber people's houses in this "bluebird capital of the world," a tiny community that goes out of its way to make sure that the shy birds keep coming back. This hamlet of 150 people in the wind-swept Horse Heaven Hills first gave bluebirds an incentive to stay more than two decades ago, and the birds have returned again and again to raise their young--and bring a little extra income to a depressed economy.
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April 4, 1994 |
With four kids, Cody and Teri Maresh already have a full house. But they are making room for at least two more families on their modest-sized lot in Orange. Cody Maresh has almost finished building a log-cabin duplex with a rock chimney for the new occupants--probably sparrows, but they might be finches.
HOME & GARDEN
April 6, 1991 |
Dick Purvis has the worst luck with tenants. The Anaheim resident has more than 100 houses scattered throughout Orange County, each built by himself, and he's always having to go to each one and clean it out when it's empty so a new family can move in. It's not easy being a landlord, especially when you're dealing with tenants like his--bluebirds. "They don't like to reuse nests," says Purvis, an electrical engineer with McDonnell Douglas in Huntington Beach.
HOME & GARDEN
January 28, 1995 |
It isn't the White House, but it's definitely fit for a President. And for the birds. The Birthplace Birdhouse, a re-creation of Richard Nixon's boyhood home, was built for a temporary exhibit set up for the opening of the late president's library in Yorba Linda in 1991. The birdhouse ($45), which is hand-painted, was such a hit at the opening that it has become a permanent part of the library's gift shop and catalogue collection.
August 6, 1989 |
YOU DON'T HAVE to be a member of the Audubon Society to appreciate birds in your back yard; they eat bugs, they sing cheerfully, and their behavior is fascinating. But they don't hang around without a good reason; food, shelter and protection from predators are the best reasons anyone can provide. Birdhouses and bird feeders are among the simplest constructions ever devised--no carpentry skills needed, no power tools, no expensive materials.