I added Shadblow, Nannyberry and Hazelnut to me shrinking lawn this summer!
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From: Heidi Rich <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sun, 21 Jul 2019 12:14:29 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Shadbush/serviceberry
Book recommendation: National Wildlife Federation’s Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and Other Backyard Wildlife. By David Mizejewski. (ISBN 978-1-50811-818-7)
The Conservation Commission of Craftsbury has a sub-committee dedicated to planting for wildlife and has worked collaboratively with a local conservation-oriented organization to establish a publicly accessible demonstration garden and wild area. The collaboration has been a great way to share ideas, get things done and share the labor and costs involved. The hope is that word will spread and more people will manage their properties in a way that encourages and supports the wild things. The book mentioned above is a nice starting place for folks just getting started with the transition from traditional property management to a more sustainable practice. Lots of great ideas! Highly recommended.
I loved reading this thread. Thoughtfully planting and managing our little plots of Earth is a great way to be an activist for the birds, insects, small mammals etc.
Heidi Rich, Craftsbury
> On Jul 21, 2019, at 11:03 AM, Maeve Kim <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Great discussion! It’s so important that we bird-lovers support wildlife by planting wildlife-friendly trees and shrubs - and by mowing less!
> We get lots of birds on serviceberry and wild plum when they’re in bloom (including this year’s new yard bird, two Cape May Warblers!), and on the fruit of serviceberry, honey berry, currants, wild cherries, and high bush cranberry. (Our three honey berries fruited for the first time this year. Somehow, even though the fruit of these bushes is hidden under the foliage, Cedar Waxwings knew the moment it repined. We had netting over the bushes but two birds got trapped, so we rescued them, picked as much fruit as we could, and left the rest for the critters.) Our aronia is brand-new, so we’re not sure what it will bring. Our old apple trees must have lots of yummy caterpillars because they’re full of warblers during both spring and fall migration.
> Another great bird plant is the common jewelweed. Hummingbirds love the flowers and I’ve seen several species of warblers in a big patch in late summer (including a rare-to-here Tennessee Warbler), apparently eating little bugs on or near the flowers.
> Maeve Kim, Jericho Center
>> On Jul 21, 2019, at 10:32 AM, Veer Frost <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Great post. My old place had a serviceberry also much desired by
>> wildlife but I followed a gardener's (not a birder's!) advice and put
>> in an Aronia here. I don't know why but in four years not a single
>> bird has taken an Aronia berry of which there are many! They do love
>> to bits the berries of the wild alternate leaved Dogwood I found with
>> seven leaves under the oil tank and is now a big tree, a cornucopia of
>> berries/drupes?... also, crabapples in winter...Veer Frost, Passumpsic
>> On 7/21/2019 at 8:23 AM, "Walter Medwid" wrote:Sitting on my deck
>> this morning catching up on the news with coffee in
>> hand, binoculars at the ready and overlooking a 20 foot tall
>> shrub loaded with ripening berries, the traffic to the berries has
>> remarkable. Veeries, robins, catbirds, YB sapsuckers, and cedar
>> seem to be managing well without the benefit of air traffic control.
>> Chipmunks and red squirrels are taking advantage of the bounty as
>> well. All
>> the traffic seems to attract other avian species which seem to be
>> investigating all the activity-chestnut sideds and redstarts in
>> This shrub typically produces well each year but this one seems just a
>> more robust.
>> I share all this just to encourage the planting of it in other yards
>> if you
>> are interested in helping wildlife. It seems daunting to figure out
>> how we
>> aid wildlife with all of the threats but planting serviceberries is
>> one; I
>> also have dramatically reduced the amount of lawn the former owners
>> maintained and letting trees return; encouraging milkweed and other
>> productive pollenating plants.