Bird-Friendly Native Plants for the Piedmont

Coreopsis Verticillata Photo by L. Chrump courtesy of Wikimedia
Coreopsis Verticillata Photo by L. Chrump courtesy of Wikimedia

These native plants are recommended for attracting birds to your yard:

Eastern Blue Phlox — Phlox divaricata

Threadleaf Coreopsis — Coreopsis verticilatta

Eastern Aromatic Aster — Symphyotrichum oblongifolium

Purple Coneflower — Echinacea purpurea

Switchgrass — Panicum virgatum

Virginia Sweetspire — Itea virginica

Winterberry — Ilex verticillata

Spicebush — Lindera benzoin

Downy Serviceberry — Amelanchier arborea

Eastern Red Cedar — Juniperus virginiana

Cross-vine — Bignonia capreolata

Overcup Oak — Quercus lyrata

Red Oak — Quercus rubra


Salamander Hunt This Sunday! You Don’t Want to Miss This!

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia

After an inspiring presentation on salamanders at our monthly program on Thursday night, we will have a rare opportunity to accompany the experts, Courtney Anderson and Ashley LaVere, as they search for salamanders in Guilford College Woods on Sunday afternoon.  Join us as we see what more we can learn about these appealing little creatures!

See our event posting for more information.

Time to Hit the Bluebird (and Nuthatch!) Trail

The weather has finally turned warm, and the Bluebirds are pairing up in Lake Daniel Park intent on raising a family. Each year the T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society and the Westerwood Neighborhood Association team up to help these lovely birds do just that. We provide twelve Bluebird nesting boxes, concentrated near the park playground, and generally keep an eye on the boxes, birds and babies from the start of nesting season, right about now, until late July. And this year we have added two nest boxes for Brown-headed Nuthatches, another bird that is need of a nice home.

brownheaded nuthatchTo do this, though, we need volunteers to check these boxes once a week for two consecutive weeks. This is great fun, especially for families. It gets you out into the park on a spring or summer afternoon where you can observe the many aspects of nature along the creek. Please consider being a nest box monitor for a couple of weeks this season. We’ll provide instructions, training and a report sheet for you. The birds provide the fun. So pick a couple weeks and call or e-mail Barbara Hughes to sign up (272-1048, Happy Bluebirding!!