Kendra Bainbridge - Raven Tree

Kendra Bainbridge - Raven Tree For the Love of Birds!

Kendra playing with a raven puppet in Raven Tree Shop in mount shasta

Kendra playing with a raven puppet in Raven Tree Shop in mount shasta

Kendra Bainbridge is the owner of Raven Tree, Wild Bird & Nature Shop located in the Ray’s shopping center in Mount Shasta.

Raven Tree carries birding products including bulk seeds suet, feeders, baths, houses, optics and books.  In addition to a variety of bat houses, orchard mason bee supplies, and squirrel feeders Raven Tree is a great place to shop for nature related gifts and children’s toys. Full Disclosure: I have my handmade and print cards at Raven Tree.

With a biology degree from SOU and her passion for birds and nature Kendra also offers a variety of classes as well as on-site talks and workshops related to local birds and wildlife at local schools, businesses, and community groups.


Lauri: How did you get interested in birds and nature?
Kendra: It started at a young age. I grew up on 40 acres off the grid in Whitmore CA, with my  Engineer Dad who can make everything! My mom, was a Biology and Math Teacher, we took walks all the time & talked about the plants, birds and anything that crossed our path. My younger brother who I did everything with like build forts, drove go-carts, climbed trees, fished & played in our ponds. There was no way around not being enveloped in Nature!

T his birdhouse is Mosaiced with tiles and stones.

This birdhouse is Mosaiced with tiles and stones.

Lauri: I know you have children. Any tips on how to teach them to be interested in the nature around them?
Kendra: It's all about exposure! kindness and appreciation toward nature goes a long way. Kids have a fascination in everything, if you show it to them and talk about it they want more
Lauri: Tell me about the Bird House Contest
Kendra: Raven Tree and Siskiyou Land Trust are combining forces to celebrate birds in Sisson Meadow and Raven Tree’s third year in business with a birdhouse making contest, silent auction, and a bird walk in Sisson Meadow!  Link here for 2018 Birdhouse Building Contest Guidelines

Embellished entry to a birdhouse

Embellished entry to a birdhouse

Birdhouse entries are due September 14th, 2018. Winners will be chosen by a judging panel, and entries will be displayed at Raven Tree as part of our silent auction. Kids are also encouraged to participate (all entrants under 18 will go home with a prize!) Prize categories include: fully functional, art/decorative, natural materials, repurposed materials, and children’s entries at all levels.

The award presentation on September 22, 2018 at Sisson Meadow, 11:00 a.m.

Birdhouse made from natural materials

Birdhouse made from natural materials

Lauri: What is your favorite meal at a local restaurants?
Kendra: I don't cook red meat very often so its nice to go out for a good burger!

Lauri: What is your favorite part about sharing a meal friends and/or family?
Kendra: Most of the time it is with family! With our busy life its not easy to find time to sit and enjoy each other, when we sit down for a meal it is that time when we can actually chat about the day.

Lauri: Do you have a favorite meal to eat when dinning out? 
Kendra: This is a tough one...Every time I go somewhere I always get something different. I don't cook red meat very often so its nice to go out for a good burger!

Lauri: What's your go-to food to eat locally?
Kendra: I do enjoy a great Breakfast Burrito at Seven Suns!!

Bird Seed Ornament

1 cup water
Measuring cup
Cookie cutters
5 cups wild birdseed
2 envelops of gelatin
2 tbsp. corn starch
Raffia, ribbon, or twine
Waxed paper
Cellophane bags

Cranberries or raisins
Native berries
Nuts (roughly chopped


1.  Boil 1 cup of water.
2.  In a large bowl, mix 2 envelopes of  gelatin with hot water. Stir until the gelatin has completely dissolved.
4.  Add birdseed and cornstarch, blend well. Let the mixture rest for a few minutes and stir again. Repeat until mixture is cool.
5.  Fill cookie cutter over wax paper with seed mixture, press down firmly, make sure there are no air pockets.
6.  Use a chopstick to make a hole in middle of ornament for hanging,  let dry at least 8 hrs before removing from cutters.
7.  loop raffia, ribbon or twine through the hole for hanging.
8. Hang outside for the birds to enjoy!