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Gardening for Birds: Vision Greenwood Park Presentation
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Gardening for Birds: Vision Greenwood Park Presentation
Gardening for Birds: Vision Greenwood Park Presentation
Gardening for Birds: Vision Greenwood Park Presentation
Gardening for Birds: Vision Greenwood Park Presentation
Gardening for Birds: Vision Greenwood Park Presentation
Gardening for Birds: Vision Greenwood Park Presentation
Gardening for Birds: Vision Greenwood Park Presentation
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  • 1. Gardening for BirdsVision Greenwood ParkFebruary 27, 2011<br />                                  <br />
  • 2. A Few Backyard Birds<br />Black-capped Chickadee Steller’s Jay Northern Flicker<br />Bewick’s Wren Brown Creeper Song Sparrow<br />American Robin Spotted Towhee Golden-crowned Kinglet <br />
  • 3. And More Backyard Birds<br />Downy WoodpeckerBushtitViolet-green Swallow<br />Dark-eyed JuncoRed-breasted NuthatchAmerican Goldfinch<br />House Sparrow European StarlingAmerican Crow<br />
  • 4. Seattle Common Birds<br />Pied–billed Grebe Downy Woodpecker<br /> Double-crested CormorantNorthern Flicker<br /> Great Blue HeronSteller’s Jay<br /> Canada GooseAmerican Crow<br /> GadwallViolet-Green Swallow<br /> American WigeonBarn Swallow<br /> Mallard Black-capped Chickadee<br /> Northern Shoveler Bushtit<br /> Green-winged Teal Red-breasted Nuthatch<br /> Lesser ScaupBewick’s Wren<br /> Bufflehead Golden-crowned Kinglet <br /> Bald Eagle American Robin<br /> Red-tailed Hawk European Starling<br /> California QuailCedar Waxwing<br /> American CootCommon Yellowthroat<br /> KilldeerSpotted Towhee<br /> Ring-billed GullSong Sparrow<br />Glaucous-winged GullRed-winged Blackbird<br /> Rock DoveHouse Finch<br /> Anna's HummingbirdAmerican Goldfinch*<br /> Belted Kingfisher<br />House Sparrow Highlighted in Yellow – Cavity Nester<br />
  • 5. Conservation<br />Birds and You<br />Most urban habitat for birds and other wildlife is located in yards around privately owned homes<br />Rules for a lively yard and garden<br />Stop killing things – 98% of insects are beneficial<br />Stop cleaning up – rock particles + organic matter + soil organisms = healthy organic soil<br />Plant more plants – plant species that grow naturally along with non-invasive ornamental plants<br />Plants for Life <br />Vine Maple, Pacific Dogwood, Salal, Salmonberry, Thimbleberry, Oceanspray, Red Flowering Current, Snowberry, Pacific Bleeding Heart, Evergreen Huckleberry, Sword Fern, Tall Oregon Grape<br />Watch out for these Noxious Plants<br />Hedge Bindweed (Morning Glory), Scot’s Broom, Herb Robert, English Ivy, English Holly, Japanese Knotweed, English Laurel, Himalayan Blackberry, Evergreen Blackberry<br />
  • 6. Conservation<br />Garden Designing for Birds and Wildlife<br />Reverse the usual ratio of lawn to garden, more garden is better!<br />Provide cover, giving wildlife space to hide<br />Add layers to increase diversity (ground cover, shrub, understory, and canopy), connect layers to allow birds to travel up and down through vegetation by minimizing open space between plants<br />Plant with repetition, instead of “one of everything”, try several plants of one species<br />Other Bird and Wildlife friendly ideas<br />Put up species-specific nest boxes for native birds<br />Leave or build rock piles in garden beds for reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and other wildlife<br />Put up a bee box for native bees<br />Provide a water source such as a birdbath, pond, or natural water feature<br />
  • 7. Food<br />Birds need insects– don’t kill things <br />Don’t clean up<br />Plant native species<br />Supplement with feeders <br />
  • 8. Shelter<br />Birds need shelter<br />Plant native plants in layers or clumps<br />Density makes the cover more secure<br />Use plants that serve a double duty <br />Brush piles are instant shelter for birds<br />
  • 9. Water<br />Birds need water<br />Standing water is good <br />Moving water is better<br />Flowing water is the best<br />Misters are great for attracting hummingbirds<br />Bird bath locations are important<br />
  • 10. New Nesting Sites<br />Birdhouses – size of the entrance hole and other dimensions of the house determine who will use it<br />Placement of birdhouses<br />Provide nesting materials<br />Leave snags as they provide natural nesting cavities<br />
  • 11. The Value of Birds<br />Be observant andpatient<br />Relax and appreciate nature<br />Listen <br />Learn<br />Birding is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the United States<br />

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