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Cardinal with Dogwood Lokta Card


  • Our images are set in a frame on this beautiful, handmade paper from the Nepalese Lokta shrub.
  • This tree-free paper is both environmentally friendly and sustainably harvested, providing a market for cottage industries that are Fair-Trade Certified.
  • Each card comes with an envelope and is packaged individually.
  • Cards are blank on the inside and have a great story on the reverse side about the picture on the front.
  • Handmade cards are not available for wholesale pricing.


These birds are named for the cardinals of the Roman Catholic church with their bright red robes. With vivid red plumage and clear whistled songs, the cardinal is a backyard favorite. Cardinals add cheer to our winter landscape with their color as they often remain on their breeding territory year-round. Cardinals are residents in the eastern half of the U.S. and are currently expanding their range northward and into the southwest. They inhabit forests, shrublands, parks, suburbs and backyards. Cardinals usually build their nests in dense thickets. Their primary diet is fruits, seeds and insects. Cardinals are common visitors at winter feeding stations.

Cardinals not only mate for life, they remain together for the whole year. Males are strongly territorial. Females build the nest alone with the male in close proximity exuberant in song. Both sexes have red bills and sing clear, slurred, whistled phrases that are repeated several times. Each individual has a vocabulary of several phrase types which it combines into different songs. One common song pattern resembles “purdy, purdy, purdy…whoit, whoit, whoit”. Another one sounds like “what-cheer, what-cheer…wheet, wheet, wheet, wheet”. The alternating songs heard in the spring are as likely to be from a courting pair as from rival males proclaiming territory.

Cardinals remind us to add color to our lives!

artwork by John Sill © 2005