Birding, Ecology, Friendship & Fun: April 29 - May 4, 2019
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April 29 - May 4, 2019

Looking for birdy things to do in the winter?

Try these fun ideas: arrange yard feeders, clean and build bird boxes, brush up on identification, join a bird count, and plan your trip to go birding with us in the spring!

For yard feeders and placement, a wealth of information can be found online including the types of food to provide and how to maintain a water source. Check out Bird Watcher's Digest's, Watching Backyard Birds "Winter Feeding Mistakes to Avoid."
Personally, my home is surrounded by trees and the ponds edge is just a few yards away. I opt for high pole feeders because they provide safety for the birds from ferral cats and prevent raccoons, opossums, squirrels, chipmunks, deer, and occasionally bear from feasting on the bird seed. My pole feeders are d.i.y. using rebar to seat two stacked four-foot metal poles, and topped with a three-way connector that's threaded with a wire hooked on each end. Each pole station presents two feeders that are easy to tend to as I only lift off the top half. Through winter they're filled with sunflower seeds, nyjer, suet, chunky peanut butter and dried mealworms. Plenty of the good stuff is dropped to the ground. As I write, I see a Fox Sparrow and a fat-cheeked chipmunk feeding with the Dark-eyed Juncos :) The poles aren't the most beautiful by design but they do adorn my woodland yard with visiting birds!

How about those bird counts? Anyone of any skill level can get involved, from recording observations at your window or going big in a group activity with driving routes. Check with your local bird watching chapters and groups for winter activities, look up your states Department of Natural Resources winter bird survey, get involved with The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Project FeederWatch, and join the Audubon's Christmas Bird Count.

Plan to go birding with us in the spring! Personalized packages include a daily field trip, meals and presentations. When you select a package with lodging we handle the reservations for you. Field trip transportation is provided with the exception of carpool trips; you do need your own transportation between your lodging, our breakfast rendezvous spot and headquarters. Payments can be made using a link and information in your registration email. Directions, maps and other details are provided upon registration and prior to your arrival. If you're considering a Wednesday to Sunday package, I suggest Thursday Burnwood to Babcock, Friday Guest's Choice, and Saturday Wolf Creek Walk.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season full of heart-felt warmth, joyous laughter and always something to look forward to! We look forward to the spring Festival with the same excitement and anticipation as the holidays... new and familiar faces, food, story-telling, and making memories. *sigh* It'll be great.

Trip Leader Spotlight ...
Two of the Most Outstanding and Down-to-Earth Fellas You'll Ever Meet!
Mark Garland is a naturalist who shares his enthusiasm by providing nature oriented classes and lectures, exotic and local field trips and tours, authoring books and articles, directing the Monarch Monitoring Project research and education of New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory, and incites giggles and belly laughs!
Dr. Thomas Pauley was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the US Forest Service in recognition of his career and contributions to the field of herpetology and the biology of the Cheat Mountain Slamander, in October 2018!
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