Animals & Birds

Bling on the Wing: 12 Months of Flowers for Hummingbirds

Bling on the Wing: 12 Months of Flowers for Hummingbirds

Western Washington hosts two species of hummingbirds, the Anna’s Hummingbird and the Rufous. Learn how to improve your habitat and see plant suggestions for each season so that you can turn your garden into a year-round hummingbird feeder with flowers that provide nectar every day of the year.

Just Hatched 2019: A Swansons Chick Update

Just Hatched 2019: A Swansons Chick Update

Wow, it feels like yesterday our chicks arrived, small bundles of fluff huddled quietly around the heat lamp. These girls have grown so fast and will soon move to their new homes as laying hens. When the chicks had first arrived, we launched a “Name the Chicks” contest and, out of the hundreds of entries we received, we drew six winning names.

Bees in Your Backyard: Spring Pollination with Gentle Orchard Mason Bees

Bees in Your Backyard: Spring Pollination with Gentle Orchard Mason Bees

Kids well know the glowing excitement of watching a bee go about its business flower to flower in the sunshine. And hopefully, most adults out there haven’t forgotten the feeling, either. Being a steward of mason bees is a special opportunity to watch these busy creatures transform your yard-scape into one of balance and bounty.

Just Hatched 2016: Ciao Chickens!

Yes, Swansons is very pleased to announce that our intrepid little brood is headed to a happy place! The backyard of one of our staff members whose lovely family has agreed to provide a giving and nurturing climate for the ladies. While I'm sad to see them go, I know that bigger and better things await (laying eggs! Foraging for bugs!). 

Just Hatched 2015: The Lettuce Is Always Greener…

Just Hatched 2015: The Lettuce Is Always Greener…

Note: This blog is best when served at room temperature.  Well, the girls seem to be happy and healthy, getting bigger every day. In fact, if I could write as quickly as they grow, I’d be a real Ernest Hemingway!  The chicks are experimenting with some new additions to their diet, and lettuce is on the top of the list. We’re not sure whether it’s the excitement of ripping it to shreds or the thrill of chasing whoever has some in their beak that is the most rewarding for the ladies.