House Finch, Female Feeding a Juvenile, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

Not So Scary | Nov 2014

Not So Scary

Here’s how to make Halloween Not So Scary.

House Finch, Female Feeding a Juvenile, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

House Finch, Adult Female and a Juvenile (Begging for a treat)

Many years ago, I’d buy candy for Halloween.

Because we had always given candy to the kids who came by on Halloween.

But the world has changed.

Now, imagine being a parent of children who bring home bags filled with unknown (scary) candy. What danger lurks inside those colorful wrappers?

So I bought organic candy, hoping this might be safer.

Then, this year (which is 2014 as of writing this blog) I did something different for Halloween.

I gave books instead of candy.

I bought books from the used book collection at the Sea & Sage Audubon annual pancake breakfast. As you might expect, all the books were about friendly topics, such as birds, animals, and trees.

And most of the books cost 50 cents (or less).

I’ll admit that I wondered how this would work. Would the children be upset? Refuse the books? Complain?

Well, good news.

The children were delighted. One group told me that they came to our street because they heard someone was giving away books.

Even some parents took a book (because I had put out copies of books I made while speaking on leadership).

So, thank you Books for Treats for this fantastic (and not so scary) idea.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

See a Halloween post at:

Spooky Birds

Find an important photo tip at:

Super Telephoto Lens Tip


Sea & Sage Audubon –

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Did You Know?

The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.

Here are three organizations that excel at doing this.

1) American Bird Conservancy

2) The Nature Conservancy

3) The Trust for Public Land

Please visit their web sites to learn about the work they do.

Here’s an excellent book: The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation

You can help – Please share this blog with others.
Inspiring Respect for Nature, one bird at a time.

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