Due to the chilly, wet weather forecast for the weekend, the trip to the Lawrence property has been postponed until May 3rd.
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
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.
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.
To 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, firstname.lastname@example.org). Happy Bluebirding!!