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A staunch environmentalist, and fascinated by the weaver bird, Hefer's life-size nests, woven with Kooboo Cane, are a result of his in-depth study into this social bird's nest-building skills.
Standout performances included I Remember, a resonant recollection of love that was not as happy as once thought, the titular How Wild the Wind Blows and Little Weaver Bird, which slowly layered instrument upon instrument into a rousing end to the first half.
For better and worse, a weaver bird nest "in practice is like a block of flats," says evolutionary biologist Rita Covas of CIBIO Research Center at the University of Portugal.
A more abstract approach could place an African weaver bird exhibit beside a craft space filled with reeds, ribbons, tinsel, and other materials that visitors can weave into patterns, inspired by the birds' complex nests.
Inspired by the weaver bird, his sustainable Hanging Nests are uniquely designed for each customer's needs and can be hung from trees, poles or even suspended stilts.
I am most comfortable like that, like the weaver bird.
She also includes some very unusual creatures that may be less familiar to children, like the weaver bird with its intricate nest and red-sided garter snakes of Manitoba who hibernate in communal pits.
Similarly, the weaver bird protects his offspring by providing a secure nest and allowing one parent to feed the chicks.
His current wife launched The Weaver Bird Unique Gift Baskets, which she operates part-time at a loss--because of the couple's combined debt of more than $20,000.
In fact, I asked him to tell me how the Weaver bird had evolved, just so I could sit and listen to him.