TALK AND WALKS: CREATING A WILDLIFE SANCTUARY IN YOUR BACKYARD WITH A FOCUS ON NESTING BIRDS presented by Karl Schneck
Talk: May 23rd Thursday, 6:30pm – 8:00pm at 320 Beach Street, Ashland, Oregon 97520
Walk: May 25th Saturday, 8:00am – 1:00pm at Karl’s property on the edge of Ashland.
Bring binoculars. A light lunch/snack will be provided. After we walk the property, we can continue looking at the birds while we enjoy our lunch on the patio.
In the words of Karl:
I feel grateful for the abundance of birds seen on our property two miles North of I-5 on N. Valley View Rd. which consists of several habitats including riparian, oak woodland, and grasslands. I’ve had quite a few days when I’ve traveled to see the birds and came home wondering why I didn’t just stay at home and see more species (of course, there are benefits to seeing new areas). However, when I get too old to tromp through the forests and swamps, there is comfort in knowing that I can sit on my deck and enjoy a multitude of birds.
Finding bird nests is challenging. Sometimes you accidentally find one, and other times you try hard, but no luck. I’ve had pretty good luck around my house with quite a few species. Golden Eagles nest about 1.6 miles from my house, so I see them regularly. Last year I had two new species: American Kestrel and Barn Owl. Western Kingbirds, Tree Swallows, Western Bluebirds, Red-tailed Hawks, and Bullock’s Orioles will also be likely nesters.
On Saturday’s field trip, we’ll check the nests in my yard, safely and ethically so we don’t over-stress the birds. Also, we will do some easy birding to see what else we can find. Thursday’s Talk portion will be a time to talk about nesting birds, with topics such as providing nest-building materials, providing nest boxes (including plans, construction, and placement), and maintenance. I have photos to share that I hope will stimulate a fun discussion of nesting birds.
On Saturday there will be beverages and light lunch/snacks provided. With good weather, we can sit outside on the deck, have some snacks, watch and share the birds.
Regular cost: $50.00
Reduced cost: $40.00 for holders of the Conservation Stamp Set.
Contact Shannon Rio at email@example.com or call 541-840-4655 to sign up.