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Re: Citizen Science

From:

Taj Schottland <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Fri, 4 Mar 2016 12:49:14 -0500

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The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) also has some good information on
how to create a wildlife friendly backyard:
http://www.nwf.org/how-to-help/garden-for-wildlife/create-a-habitat.aspx

Full disclaimer, I work for NWF but I haven't been involved with their
backyard habitat program.

Cheers,
-Taj


On Fri, Mar 4, 2016 at 12:37 PM, Jane Stein <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Ron just posted a link to info at VT Fish and Wildlife.  But Google away,
> always remembering the region we're in.  There's a vast, vast amount of
> info on creating a bird-friendly habitat in back yard gardens, some of it
> on bird-related sites and some on gardening sites.  This couple at
> http://www.donandlillianstokes.com/ are primarily bird people who've
> published many superb birding guides, and they're also big on backyard
> habitats and have written a great deal on the subject.  Pretty sure they
> even did a book on it a while ago.
>
> Jane
>
>
>
> On 3/4/2016 12:20 PM, Sharon Turner wrote:
>
>> Thank You Jane,
>>
>>
>> Should I Google trees and bushes for other birds too?  I want to attract
>> waxwings and robins and other birds too. :)
>>
>>
>> Sharon Turner
>> [log in to unmask]
>>
>>
>>
>> "Don't cry because its over.
>> Smile because it happened."
>>                                  -Dr. Seuss
>>
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Jane Stein <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: VTBIRD <[log in to unmask]>
>> Sent: Thu, Mar 3, 2016 3:37 pm
>> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Citizen Science
>>
>> Google!  There are dozens of good sites, including plant nurseries and
>> seed places, that have whole sections on butterfly and hummingbird
>> gardens.  Just be careful about what region they serve because what's a
>> hummingbird magnet in Arizona or Texas may not work here.
>>
>> Ideally, you want primarily New England native plants for the best eco
>> balance.
>>
>> Jane
>>
>>
>> On 3/3/2016 2:32 PM, Sharon Turner wrote:
>>
>>> Fascinating.  I rent so I put less resources into plants, but we have
>>> plenty of food trees, and nesting bushes and trees and what some call weeds
>>> and we call wildflowers that attract birds.  I can encourage my Landlord to
>>> plant bird plants when she decides to garden.  She has many hummingbird and
>>> butterfly plants in her garden.   What is a good resource I can get from
>>> the library or on the web to do this?
>>>
>>>
>>> Sharon Turner
>>> [log in to unmask]
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> "Don't cry because its over.
>>> Smile because it happened."
>>>                                   -Dr. Seuss
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Jane Stein <[log in to unmask]>
>>> To: VTBIRD <[log in to unmask]>
>>> Sent: Thu, Mar 3, 2016 12:43 pm
>>> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Citizen Science
>>>
>>> The first Mass. Audubon bird walk I went on after suddenly and nearly
>>> violently falling into awareness of birds in middle age, the trip
>>> leader, Wayne Peterson, kept pointing out the plants in the area we were
>>> walking through and what kind of ecosystem they grew in and what kind of
>>> birds ate from them and at what time of year, etc.
>>>
>>> Naive as I was, I expressed amazement. And he laughed and said, "If you
>>> think you can just study ornithology and not have to learn botany and
>>> entomology and geology, you're very much mistaken."
>>>
>>> Jane
>>>
>>>
>>> On 3/3/2016 11:23 AM, Barbara Powers wrote:
>>>
>>>> In the latest Bird Watchers Digest there is an article by Professor
>>>> Doug Talamy about why it is important to know what birds eat. He states it
>>>> is important because you can preserve and plant the right habitat to
>>>> provide a food source for them so they can thrive. Apparently not all
>>>> insects are of the same nutritive value and each insect has a specific
>>>> habitat it needs. He has put out a request to birders to take pictures of
>>>> birds bringing food/insects to their young. You can then submit them to his
>>>> web site so his scientific team can identify the insect and add the
>>>> information to a scientific data base. This information will be helpful in
>>>> creating a better habitat for the birds. He states even a single image will
>>>> be much appreciated. The web site is whatdobirdseat.com. The
>>>> instructions may be on the site but in the article it says to upload the
>>>> digital image. Include your name, date, the location the image was taken,
>>>> and your best guess as to whether the bird was migratin!
>>>>
>>> g!
>
>>    !
>>
>>>    (spring
>>> or fall), feeding young or overwintering.
>>>
>>>> Sounds like a fun, interesting and helpful project for us birders who
>>>> like to take photos of what we see.
>>>>
>>>> Barbara Powers
>>>> Manchester Center
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>
>>


-- 
Taj Schottland
Coastal Adaptation Specialist
National Wildlife Federation
CELL: 802-258-1200
EMAIL: [log in to unmask]

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