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Bluebirds in Our Backyard

When we mounted a bluebird box on our backyard fence, we had no idea how much we would learn about the little birds and their natural instincts. It became a hobby that gave us hours of pleasure but also taught us some amazing lessons about life.


Kite Flying: A Hobby for All Ages

People of all ages have the opportunity to enjoy kiting as an activity or sport. You can participate as an individual or in a group setting. Kite flying has been with us for centuries and will continue into the future for fun, exercise, relaxation, and education. All genders can participate.


Birding: The Complete Guide to Choosing and Using Binoculars

Birders love bits of kit, and no piece of kit is more valuable than a pair of binoculars. Here is the complete guide on how to choose the right pair and use them correctly.


Birding: The Complete Guide to Garden Birding

Birding, like most things, begins at home. Watching your regular garden birds can be every bit as rewarding as chasing rarities. So, here's the complete guide on how to do it properly.


Birding: The Complete Guide to Twitching

Twitching often divides opinions not only among the public but among birders themselves. It can offer though, some of the most memorable experiences you'll ever have as a person, let alone a birder. Here's the complete guide.


Birding: The Complete Guide to Local Patch Birding

Many birders begin their birding journey by getting to know the birds that visit the small plot of land cordoned off by fencing known as the garden/backyard. Finding a local patch is the next step.


How to Be a Better Birder: Top Tips to Improve Your Bird Identification Skills

Bird identification can be a daunting process for beginners and experts alike, but by remembering the basic principles outlined below, the process should become far easier.


Learning to Fly a Syma X8G Quadcopter Drone

The Syma X8G is my first quadcopter and since the included instruction manual is a bit lacking, I'm keeping writing about my experiences with it here, from taking it out of the box to flight.


How to Fly Model Rockets

Learn about the materials needed to fly a model rocket for the first time. Ready-to-fly rocket kits are fun for the entire family!


How to Play the "Steal the Bacon" Children's Game

Basic rules for playing Steal the Bacon, a fun game for a large group of children. Academic variations are listed to add an educational twist.


Vladimir's ELF DLG Build Log: Assembling and Trimming a V-Tail Discus Launch Glider

Learn how to build the ELF Discus Launch Glider Kit from Vladimir's Models. It is an extremely popular RC Glider for both new and experienced HLG fliers. The build log shows the specific construction and trimming of the V-Tail model and discusses programming options available on the Spektrum DX6i programmable radio.


Homemade Recycled Geocache Containers

Here are some suggestions for making your own geocaching containers from items found around the house, along with some cache containers available commercially.


Top 10 Radio-Controlled Plane Accessories to Improve Your RC Flying Experience

Ever flown your Radio Controlled Plane at night? On the water? On a snowy field? Here are the top ten accessories to take your RC flying to the next level.


A Beginners Guide to Stunt, Steerable and Foil Kites

Find out how easy it is to buy and fly a modern steerable kite. Kites are fantastic exercise and a great way to enjoy the great outdoors with family and friends!


Pok-A-Tok: The Mayan Ball Game

Pok-A-Tok is a Mayan ball game invented around 2000 BCE. It was played in teams with the objective of getting a ball through a narrow stone hoop placed high on the court wall. Players were not allowed to use their hands or feet and the losing team was sacrificed to the gods. Read on to learn more.


RC Trainer Airplane Review: The HobbyZone Champ

This article features a review of the HobbyZone Champ, which is an excellent RC trainer plane. It includes a description of the plane and what's included in the box, plus tips on how to fly it.