River Valley Outdoors

Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun February 22, 2015
PHOTO BY: Keith Sutton/Contributing Photographer

Theresa Sutton of Alexander uses a suet feeder to present her family’s homemade specialty foods to backyard birds. The blocks of food are molded in inexpensive plastic containers.

Delicious dinners for feathered friends

If your family is like thousands of others throughout Arkansas, you probably have several bird feeders in your yard. We have many types on our 2 1/2 acres, including thistle feeders, hummingbird feeders, tube feeders, platform feeders, metal feeders and wooden feeders. Suet, sunflower seeds and thistle seeds are the main foods we put out for the woodland birds that usually visit, but over the years, we’ve also come to enjoy preparing sp... READ MORE

Poison control or false hope?: The interesting history of madstones KEITH SUTTON/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Prior to the late 19th century, a bite from a rabid animal struck terror in the heart of the victim. People infected with the rabies virus experience a variety of horrible symptoms, including hallucinations, terror fits, frothing at the mouth and an inability to drink. Victims also develop a fear of water, hence a common name for the disease, hydrophobia. Loss of muscle function eventually leads to complete paralysis.