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Keeping Your Cool This Winter Life Hacks to Survive the Cold

Keeping Your Cool This Winter: Life Hacks to Survive the Cold

Posted 5:35 am, November 17, 2017, byRyan Leckey,

Updated at 05:36AM, November 17, 2017

Whether youre looking to save money on your heating bills this winter or help your pets battle the cold, Newswatch 16s Ryan Leckey teamed up with some pros to tackle tips help you survive winter.

Ryan visited Johnson College on Friday including the heating and air conditioning instructors as well as animal experts from the vet tech program.

The crew offered several news you can use ideas to help you keep your cool this winter. Among them: consider adding insulation covers to electrical outlets in old homes to prevent heat loss, and changing your heating systems air filter to help improve efficiency.

Students and staff also offered a few life hacks for winter including spraying cooking spray (i.e. PAM) on your shovel to prevent snow from sticking. Another tip included how to create homemade hand warmers by taking an old sock, adding a cup of dry rice and placing them in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute.

Johnson Colleges Vet Tech Program also tackled ways to keep your pets safe this winter. Among the ideas: pet-friendly ice melt. Puppy boots could also come in handy to protect the animals paws or even consider asking your vet about mushers wax, which help protect your furbabys paw pads.

The animal gurus also explained Libres Law. It passed in Pennsylvaniathis year. The law means pet owners cannot tether or leave their pets outside unsupervised at temperatures below 32 degrees or above 90 degrees for more than 20 minutes.

If youd like to inquire about the maltese dogs featured on Newswatch 16 This Morning that are up for adoption, contact the schools vet tech office at .

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What we have our heat set on was always the lowest of anyone we knew- this year is different, however. Weve met several people who have their home heat set as low as 54 or 56. Having spent years at 58, we can offer a few tips, too.

Obviously, layers of clothing, but in particular, a knit hat, helps. Electric blankets or throws allow people to feel toasty warm in a chilly room. Cook larger quantities of food on chilly days and freeze excess for later use.

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Eastern China Winter Birding Tour

This tour helps you to renew and enlarge your bird list with sightings of slaty buntings, yellow-throated laughingthrushes, spoon-billed sandpipers, and other species. Travel with our expert birding guide to discover one of Chinas richest natural resources as well as the beautiful landscape in southeast China.

This diverse birding tour is at a relatively easy/leisurely pace, and the cultural aspect is just as amazing as the natural one. The Chinese food along the route will refresh your body and mind. This winter birding tour will give you a tasteful impression of China.

In Emeifeng, the Cabots tragopan, Elliots pheasant, slaty bunting, Chinese bamboo partridge, and Elachura

In Rudong, the spoon-billed sandpiper

In Wuyuan, the Mandarin duck, Chinese merganser, short-tailed parrotbill, and pied falconet

In Fuzhou, the white-necklaced partridge

Entrance to scenic spots listed in the itinerary

Guiding by experienced English-speaking tour guide

Private transfers between the airport, attractions, and hotel

When you arrive in Shanghai, you will meet your tour guide and driver at Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Then youll be transferred to your hotel. In Nanhui Peninsula, there isa very convenient birding place, where waterbirds and buntings are waiting for visitors.

Accommodation (also Day 2s):Holiday Inn

There is a very good birding place where you can see the friendly wades, ducks, and buntings that have been waiting for visitors.Birding by bike, you will take a leisurely trip to warm up.

You will arrive in Yangkou after a 3-hour drive from Shanghai. Youll spend the rest of the daybirding on the beach, searching for shorebirds and other species.

The location of the hotel offers plenty ofopportunities to observe the Siberian migratorsand various buntings, as well as hoopoes and sometimes Amur falcons. Opportunities to see reed parrotbills are also good.Thousands of shorebirdsare there, such as Swinhoes plovers, sanderlings, dunlins, and other species in the grass and bushes, such as warblers, buntings, starlings, and flycatchers. Sightings of some notable birds include, for example, black-faced buntings and black-browed reed warblers.

The main reason to visit Rudong is to look forChinas rarest species, the spoon-billed sandpiper (you have to catch the tide at the right moment). Although only small numbers of this species are observed there, you will still have a chance to seize the opportunity of finding some lovely Spoonies amongst the very large numbers of red-necked stints and little ringed plovers!

In the evening, a lecture abouta project to protect spoon-billed sandpipershas been organized, and you will be able to speak with the rangers from the conservation area.

Accommodation (also Day 4s and Day 5s):Links Golf & Spa

In the morning, you will be able to see Siberian thrushes, warblers, buntings, and other species in the small forest in Yangkou. You willvisit the tidelands further southwhere you will not only see more wades but also large groups of Saunders gulls and also some rare relict gulls. Then you will visit the reserve in Yancheng.

InYancheng National Nature Reserve (NNR), red-crowned cranes are the highlights for bird-watchers, and there is the possibility to see common cranes, sandhill cranes, and hooded cranes, while geese are there in abundant numbers. The Yancheng NNR Management Bureau offers photography sites for birders.

You will be driven back to Rudong in the afternoon.

You will have an extra day in Rudong just in case you couldnt find any spoon-billed sandpipers the day before. You will look for shorebirds again andhopefully spot some new species.

You will be taken toChongming Islandwhere you will see reed parrotbills and Japanese swamp warblers in the reed beds. After birding on Chongming Island, you will be driven back to Shanghai.

In the morning, your private driver will take you to Shanghai Railway Station. Then you willtake a high-speed trainfrom Shanghai to Huangshan.

Tunxi is an ancient townat the foot of the Yellow Mountain. It has traditional Chinese style architecture and has a relaxed atmosphere. You can have some tea or beer in the ancient street and enjoy the delicious local food from Anhui Province.

Accommodation:Tunxi International Hotel

Yellow Mountains landscape is the most beautiful in China, and thebiodiversity on the mountainis wonderful. It is possible to see slaty buntings and rusty laughingthrushes and, because the animals are not scared of people there, you will have the opportunity to get closer to them.

In the morning, you will go toHongcun Villagenear Yellow Mountain. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was where scenes from the movieCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragonwere filmed. In the afternoon, youll reach Wuyuan.

Accommodation (also Day 10s and Day 11s):Jiangwan Hotel, Wuyuan (superior) / Wuyuan International Hotel (deluxe)

Youll spendtwo daysbirding in Wuyuan, looking for the yellow-throated laughingthrush in the picturesque surroundings. Normally, people can only find them when they are breeding in spring, but possible winter locations have been found by our team and, with luck, you may find this critically endangered species.

Some scarce speciesinclude the bull-headed shrike, Chinese merganser (scaly-sided merganser), short-tailed parrotbill, grey-headed parrotbill, masked laughingthrush, pied falconet, Chinese bamboo partridge, Swinhoes minivet, rufous-faced warbler, red-billed starling, Mandarin duck, and spot-breasted Scimitar babbler.

After birding in Wuyuan in the morning, youllhead to Nanchang.

Accommodation:Yuanzhongyuan Hotel Nanchang (Superior)/Sofitel Trilec Nanchang (Deluxe)

In the morning, youll leave the bustling red city of Nanchang, the revolutionary capital of the CCP, and head to asanctuary for Galliformes. The long drive is ideal for birders, since on the way there are opportunities to see greater crested kingfishers, yellow-bellied tits, brown dippers, and some raptors, such as black and serpent eagles, in the bushes, woods, and air.

Accommodation (also Day 14s and Day 15s):Taiyuan Hotel

In Emeifeng NNR, youll spend two full days finding the pearls of the crown, theendangered Cabots tragopan. Sometimes they feed themselves beside the road and appear through the mist in the early mornings.

Youll drive and walk along the hills serpentine road, use your eyes and ears toseek out the birdsin the corners and bushes, and await a surprise in the broad-leaved forest.

Along the forest path, you will enjoy searching for otherendemic species: Elliots pheasant (this is the best one and may only be seen by chance), Fujian fulvetta (different to the streak-throated fulvetta), grey-sided Scimitar babbler, buffy laughingthrush, streak-breasted Scimitar babbler, Klosss leaf warbler, white-spectacled, Alstroms, Bianchis, and buff-throated warblers, brown bullfinch, green shrike-babbler, Elachura (formerly known as the spotted wren-babbler), and some bulbuls.

You will also seeKoklass pheasants, silver pheasants, Chinese bamboo partridges, verditer flycatchers, slaty-backed forktails, white-crowned forktails, little forktails, rufous-faced warblers, brown bush warblers, sultan tits, yellow-cheeked tits, black-throated bushtits, Davids fulvettas, and Eurasian jays.

Seize the opportunity in the morning for ashort bird-watching trip in Emeifengand then drive to Fuzhou via Taining.

In the afternoon, you will still have time inFuzhou National Forest Parkto see white-necklaced partridges and other species including Fujian fulvettas, grey-sided Scimitar babblers, pale-headed woodpeckers, Elachuras (formerly known as spotted wren-babblers), rufous woodpeckers, large woodshrikes, red-headed trogons, silver pheasants, Chinese bamboo partridges, black and serpent eagles, crested goshawks, fork-tailed sunbirds, orange-bellied leafbirds, and fire-breasted flowerpeckers.

Accommodation:Best Western Fuzhou Fortune Hotel (Superior)/Hot Spring Hotel Fuzhou (deluxe)

Your guide will take you to the airport for theflight from Fuzhou to Shanghai, which marks the end of your tour.

Our bird watching itineraries are customized based on your requirements.They can be shortened or extended.Please contact us for more information.

Maybe you just need a car and a driver for your birding trip, and want to find and identify the species by yourself. Maybe you need more time for photographing, so you want to go at your own pace. We do understand your needs, and we believe that even our drivers also understand birders well. Though our driver can just understand a little English, he can drive you to the birding hotspots, where the birds are most-easily seen.

Cat Mountain in Guilinis the highest place in South China. We recommend extending a bird tour there for birders who want to go somewhere less traveled. Its home to the golden parrotbill, golden-breasted and gold-fronted fulvetta, silver pheasant and Chinese crimson pheasant (Temmincks tragopan). If you are interested in this place where few foreigners have been for birding, let us know.

Birds of East Asiaby Mark Brazil, Princeton University Press [Paperback]

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