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NOLA Trip: The Insectarium

New Orleans is a great place, but I don't think of it as a family-oriented town. That's why it was great to visit National Audubon's Insectarium on the edge of the Garden District.

The place offers a great overview of the insect world, with lots of live examples, including a captivating butterfly room.

They even offer free food -- insect delicacies like mealworm cookies and seasoned crickets.

One bite and you'll be itching for more.



Bear(s) Pull Down Feeders in Allendale

Two friends on the north end of town had feeders pulled down recently -- one on Saturday night and another on Sunday night.

The one on Sunday night must have been carrying a tape measure, just to show how big he was.  (A big thank you to Ken Wiegand for the photo above!)

I understand that local police have since issued alerts.

In December 2017, I wrote a column about bears and feeders. Here's the beginning.

If you think that you needn’t worry about bears at your bird feeders — or in your backyard — because it’s December, think again. 

As Allendale residents (including me) have been reminded in recent days, these large mammals love to dine at bird feeders.

And they are willing to bend an iron-pipe feeder pole or mangle the feeder to get to their meal.

The full column is here.

For more information on what to do if you see a bear in your yard, go here:

A brief  Allendale bear video is below.