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
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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."


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 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 migrating !
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