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Happy New Year! Here, like in so many places, we had a very quiet Christmas and New Year which was actually a nice change for now. Winter is finally here with snow piling up on the trees remininding me how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful area. The Nature Conservancy of Canada is suggesting that instead of throwing out your live Christmas tree, if you have the space, dump it somewhere in the backyard because it makes a great shelter for birds and other wildlife and they biodegrate VERY quickly. We’ve been doing this for years and in fact a few years ago I decorated our old tree with edible treats for birds that was very popular!

Dr. Bird answers a question about some geese who were behaving violently towards another goose and he reminds us that nature isn’t like a Walt Disney movie, it can be cruel and unkind.

Susan Roghair, one of our regular viewers and now a contributor gave me a great idea – transplanting store bought herbs. On EnviroMinute, she gives me step-by-step instructions on how to do this and I’m looking forward to trying it out this winter.

We have some great stories including beautiful destinations on Around The World – these days I’m living vicariously through the birds! I hope everyone had a great New Year’s celebration and don’t forget – this month’s photo competition is all about Finches. Have a great first week back at work after the holidays.