Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Birdscaping - native plants for our native birds

Where: Birdcraft Museum, 314 Unquowa Road, Fairfield, CT 06824

When: Tuesday, March 22 at 6:30

Who and what: Michael Corcoran discusses birdscaping, ways in which our landscape choices can provide sanctuary to native songbirds and help restore our native plants. Michael will share some of the steps he took in creating a bird-friendly habitat, utilizing native plants, trees and shrubs on his property. He will provide tips on design and plant selection for making even the smallest of spaces more attractive to our native songbirds. With a simple understanding of how our native songbird and native plant communities are linked, he has provided safe haven for breeding birds and created a migratory "stop over" for birds during their seasonal movements. To date, he has 125 bird species on a 12 year "yard list". Free for members, $5 for non-members. To register or more information call 203-259-0416 ext 407.


How many birds do you have on your yard list? In my Stratford yard I have 130, with the best find being an extremely rare vagrant Purple Gallinule. You should really keep track of what you find in yours. This is another feature of eBird, by the way. You may be surprised how high a total you can get. Besides looking up to the sky more attend this discussion to see what else you can do to get birds to your yard.

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