Make Your Own Fish Bait With Common Household Ingredients

If you would like to increase the chance of catching more fish in your next excursion, you might want to consider making your own fish bait. Why? If you look at the store bought baits, there are only a few brands. Imagine going to your favorite fishing hole and the majority of the baits cast into the water are from the same company.

The fish wont have much of a choice but being attracted to the same store bought bait. Now imagine if you brought along fish bait that you made yourself. Your bait will stick out like a sore thumb from the other baits and the fish will seek you out.

Making your own fish bait is not only easy, it is fun and cheap. You can make the bait with your children and share the fun the next day catching fish knowing that you made the bait yourself. You can make pounds of bait for literally pennies and keep the unused portion in the freezer for months.

There is going to be some experimentation on your part. However, I have included the more popular ingredients and descriptions found in homemade baits. When you are making your bait, make sure to write everything down because if you fill your stringer full of fish, you want to be able to duplicate the winning formula.

Most of the following ingredients can be found at a well stocked grocer and feel free to experiment with other ingredients not listed below. Also, these ingredients are commonly found in trout baits so I would like to advise you that you will probably have more success utilizing these ingredients for catching trout.

Also, this list is not the end all be all of ingredients. Feel free to add your own ingredients. Who knows, you may find an ingredient that no one has even considered.

1) Uncooked oatmeal popular as a base (keeps all the ingredients together in a doughy mixture)

2) White bread also popular as a base

3) Water required in most cases to help make the mixture workable

4) Garlic salt found in most store bought baits (probably a good idea if you used it also)

5) Garlic powder similar to salt but may alter the fish attractant properties

6) Mini marshmallows also found in store bought baits (helpful for flotation purposes)

7) Can of tuna found in many homemade bait recipes. Maybe the old timers know something.

8) Anise oil extract almost a requirement for trout bait

9) Red food coloring it seems color attracts along with smell and taste

10) Yellow food coloring same

11) Cheese Ive seen recipes with American and especially Velveeta cheese

12) Ziploc bags great for mixing your ingredients, storage, and taking to fishing hole.

I hope this information gives you a great head start in developing your own homemade secret fish bait. Just remember to have fun.

Bolivia Volunteers – Santa Cruz Zoo Project

Commenting on the introduction of the Santa Cruz Zoo Volunteer project, Willson Marshal, Bolivia Volunteers Administrator says,

This is a very exciting time for us here at Bolivia Volunteers, and in the short time since we introduced the project at the Zoologico Municipal Fauna Sudamericana we have been amazed by the number of inquiries and offers of assistance we have received.

Of course we have offered projects caring for neglected and abandoned domestic animals in several cities across Bolivia for many years, but the prospect of being able to spend time at the Santa Cruz Zoo with our indigenous wildlife puma, llama, carpincho, tapir, pink dolphins, flamingo, condor and many more has really fired the imagination of our volunteers.

And Pascal Deneuve from Creuzier-le-vieux, France – currently at the Zoo on a two month volunteer placement adds.

Ive always been an animal lover, but of course thats really only for dogs and cats back home but here at the Santa Cruz Zoo Ive had real hands-on experience of caring for much larger and exotic animals.

At the moment Im working on upgrading the bird enclosures, doing some building and painting. The next assignment lined up for me look at is planning a diet regime for the big cats. This place is just SO special, nothing like the zoos back home and really does need all the help it can get.

In a recent global survey of several thousand volunteer travelers, over 75% chose South America as their preferred continent and of those, 65% commented that BOLIVIA the poorest South American country would be their first choice destination.

It is 10 years since the International Year of Volunteers in 2001 and through a UN General Assembly Resolution, this anniversary is being marked across the globe, with volunteering organizations world-wide promoting the values of volunteering, recognizing the value of volunteering, building and reinforcing volunteering networks, and helping individuals to realize their potential to make a real difference by sharing their time, skills and experience for the benefit of others.

The declaration of IYV+10, under the banner “Volunteer! Make a Difference”, is an acknowledgement of the important role of the volunteer sector, and aims to –

Build respect, trust, understanding and solidarity through volunteering;

Raise volunteerism on the development agenda;

Build partnerships; and

Define and empower global volunteering.

The Sriracha Tiger Zoo In Pattaya

The atmosphere at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo is more circus-like than a zoo-like. The older tigers perform various tricks such as gracefully jumping through rings of fire, walking on their hind legs and doing dances with their trainers. There are also elephants included in the show and they literally steal the show with their basketball games and fashion shows. One of the most interesting tricks is the one performed with a crocodile. A trainer opens up the crocs mouth then puts his head in the crocs mouth!

There are other animals that call the zoo home. There are the Peruvian guinea pigs, ostriches, pigs, wallabies and deer. The zoo breeds tigers and it is endearing to see mother pigs acting as surrogate mommies to the baby tigers. There are times that piglets and tiger cubs suckle milk from the sow (mother pig).

Part of the zoos attraction is the feeding of the tiger cubs by guests. Tourists have the option to have their picture taken with the baby tigers and crocodiles. They could also feed the wallabies, ostriches and deer or simply observe the animals.

An exciting part of the zoo tour happens between the months of May to August. The Sriracha Tiger Zoo is host to the Crocodile Hatching Festival. This is the time when baby crocodiles are hatched. Tourists are allowed to view baby crocs gingerly break out if their eggs. Another attraction of the zoo is the Scorpion Queen where a woman wears more than a hundred live scorpions on her body.

The Elephant Museum is a curiosity as guests learn all about the history of the elephants in Thailand. The elephant is the national animal of Thailand. They are highly revered for they once served generations of Thai royalty.

Theres a pig race that is part of the attraction and the genius pig aptly named Piggy that can do math problems in 5 languages. If one gets hungry theres the S&R restaurant that serves both local and international cuisine.

A day at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Pattaya is definitely worth it. The atmosphere is conducive for the whole family. The Happy Family is definitely exhibited by the friendly relationship among tigers, pigs and dogs. Seeing a mom pig feed tiger cubs is an endearing scene. When in Pattaya it would be more advantageous if you book in Dusit Thani for a hassle-free stay and comfortable living.

The Sriracha Tiger Zoo is still up and running as it is supported by the Thai government. The zoo is open from 8:00am to 6:00 pm daily. On weekends all you can eat buffet is available.

The Enjoyment of Bird Watching

It is a popular hobby across the world. There are thousands of groups dedicated to watching birds at nature preserves, parks and recreational centers and even large groups that have annual conventions. You may be an individual dedicated to bird watching and enjoy going to parks on the weekends to observe birds. It is a fun and interesting hobby for anyone.
Bird watching is relaxing. It is a very simple form of pleasure. Birds are symbols of love, hope and happiness. They remind us of simpler times before, TV, radios, videos and malls. Birds gently remind us to slow down and appreciate the simpler aspects of life. There are so many beautiful birds to observe, your efforts to see them all may be difficult. Some people keep track of the variety of species that they see and keep a journal. It is a never ending pursuit, as you could travel the world and still not see them all. Some people combine bird watching with other activities such as camping, hiking, kayaking and white water rafting. It is a great activity that will bring you back to nature. Birds are beautiful creatures. So many of them are brightly colored and fun to watch and observe. They seem to glide effortlessly through the air as they soar and swoop down for food and rest.
And, their melodic voices are a treasure to listen to. You may hear a squawk or a shrill from some birds. But, some birds some chirpy and sweet as they sing you to work in the morning. Some people record their sounds and play them for relaxation.
If you are looking for a fun, educational and safe activity for your children bird watching is a great, fun activity for everyone. Birds are sweet and harmless. It is a great educational activity for your children to do and they may learn something!
Bird watching also calls attention to species and naturists keep track of what species may be declining. Conservationists keep track of behavioral patterns and migration information so they are able to track birds and maintain up to date records.
Conservation starts at home. It is recommended that children learn about birds so that they are aware of the importance of conservation and protecting our environment. It will increase childrens awareness of the natural beauty of parks, wildlife, oceans, lakes, mountains and trails. Children learn through doing and what better way to learn about blue birds than to actually observe one in their natural habitat.
Bird watching is also a very inexpensive activity that involves little to no money. You may want to invest in a pair of binoculars but, other than that, the activity is not costl

Pets In The Classroom Program Exceeds First Year Expectations

The Pet Care Trust is pleased to announce that the Pets in the Classroom Program saw surprising growth in 2010. The program awarded 2,060 grants to teachers in 2010, its first full year of operation. With an average of 30 students per classroom, the program has brought pets into the lives of almost 62,000 children. Some of these children may have no other contact with a pet except in their classroom. In many cases, it could be the beginning of a lifelong interest in pets and pet care.

Pets in the Classroom is an educational grants program supporting responsible pet care for school classrooms. Sponsored by the Pet Care Trust, the goal of the program is to establish healthy child-pet relationships at an early age by supporting responsible pet care in Kindergarten-6th Grade classrooms across the U.S. and Canada. Many school teachers have very limited resources for the support of classroom animals. The Pet Care Trust sponsors this program to help teachers purchase or maintain pets in the classroom through direct, no-hassle grants. The program leaves it up to the teacher to select the pet that is most appropriate for her/his classroom. There have been a wide variety of funding requests, from snakes and lizards to guinea pigs and rabbits, proving that many different species provide interesting classroom companions.

As of December, 2010, 2,066 certificates were granted totaling nearly $264,000. . The programs initial goal for the year of 700 grant requests was far exceeded. Pets in the Classroom has funded the following classroom pet requests:

Aquariums- 761
Reptiles- 435
Small Animals- 737
Birds- 93
Sustaining- 40 (These grants help teachers who already have a classroom pet with food and supplies).

The program hopes to fund an additional 2,000 classroom grants in 2011. All funding for Pets in the Classroom has come from the Pet Care Trust endowment. As the program expands to reach more elementary school classrooms across the country, the program will rely on direct financial support from the pet industry. Pets in the Classroom welcomes support from corporate and individual donors through tax deductible contribution to the Pet Care Trust. Visit the Trust website today at www.petcartrust.org.