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.

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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


YOU WILL NEED:
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

Substitutes:
Cranberries or raisins
Native berries
Nuts (roughly chopped

TO MAKE YOUR ORNAMENTS:

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!


Taco Combo Lunch at Casa Ramos in Mount Shasta

Every meal at Casa Ramos begins with warm salty tortilla chips and spicy housemade salsa.

Every meal at Casa Ramos begins with warm salty tortilla chips and spicy housemade salsa.

This week I joined my daughter and our friend 'Teacher Chris' for lunch at Casa Ramos in Mount Shasta. They have a standing lunch date every Tuesday, this week they invited me. Since they both only get a one hour lunch good food with efficient service is important to them. They eat at Casa Ramos about once a month.

Our server was efficient and very sweet with a good sense of humor. When asked what was on today's Lunch Special (they used to one) he grinned and laughed telling us "It's all special." It's an old line, but he was having fun with it and so did we. I think happy server makes the food taste better.

Marco's Mother Eleodora, Marco Ramos, Marco's Father, Justino Ramos with Marco's Sister Blanca

Coming from Mexico City in 1982 Marcos went to work for his cousin in their family restaurant in Seattle. Like many restaurant owners Marco started his career as a dishwasher and moved his way through the food service operations learning how to run a successful restaurant business. In 1997 Marco Ramos opened his first restaurant in Yreka in 1997 calling it Casa Ramos, "House of Ramos."  His goal was to create a family friendly eatery where all are welcome to enjoy the warm hospitality of Marco Ramos and his family. Soon after opening the Yreka restaurant he opened the Mount Shasta restaurant located at 1136 S. Mt. Shasta Blvd. There are now 14 restaurants throughout Northern California.

For Lunch Today we all ordered our varieation of the Taco Combo.

For Lunch Today we all ordered our varieation of the Taco Combo.

My family and I have been eating at Casa Ramos since they built "the new Mexican restaurant" named for Marco Ramos and his family after Marilyn's burned down. Marilyn's served a great breakfast and lunch from a horseshoe shaped counter and there was the landmark wooden buggy parked out front.

The food at Casa Ramos is constantly good, service is right on and the food is well priced. Casa Ramos is family friendly with options for vegans and vegetarians. Casa Ramos is one of our favorite places for birthdays and family dinners.

Casa Ramos has a full bar with a nice list of Tequilas and Mexican beers. The outside patio is a comfortable place to eat and watch the world go up and down the boulevard... weather permitting. 

JoAnn (2016), Carly (2012) and Shelly (2017) donning the Birthday Sombrero at Casa Ramos in Mount Shasta.

Taco Combo - I choose one shrimp, one steak taco Mexican rice, rancho beans with sour cream and rich creamy guacamole.

Taco Combo - I choose one shrimp, one steak taco Mexican rice, rancho beans with sour cream and rich creamy guacamole.

Casa Ramos Taco Combo for Lunch with Shelly and Chris

Shelly had one shrimp and one steak taco "Please, hold the cilantro" with refried beans; Chris had one shrimp and one chicken taco with refried beans, and I had one shrimp and one steak taco with rancho beans. We all agreed the shrimp taco was a nice alternative to a meat filling and we all enjoyed the meat tacos, too. Chris said. "It was delicious! Not as heavy as some Mexican food can be." Consensus was that we would order the Taco Combo again! We had a lovely meal like only good friends can with lots of laughter and good stories. The server kept our water glasses full at just the right time.

Tip: Street Tacos, is typically the more traditional Mexican style taco that I eat when I'm in Mexico. With street tacos you get the fillings served in two small soft corn tortillas. The best way to eat these is to separate the two shell and enjoy your taco allowing the filling to fall out on to the second tortilla...now you have two delicious tacos! Or you can do what I do and just make two tacos to start off. There will always be filling that falls out because that how you know it's a good taco.  

Casa Ramos Taco Combo comes with two tacos of your choice of filling, sour cream, guacamole, rancho or refried beans, and rice.

Casa Ramos Taco Combo comes with two tacos of your choice of filling, sour cream, guacamole, rancho or refried beans, and rice.