Whether by planting native plants, providing feeders, leaving snags or adding nest boxes, even small backyards can add critical habitat for resident and migrating birds. Re-envision your landscape with Sarah Flournoy, program manager with Houston Audubon Society, at the next Walk in the Woods Nature Lecture.
Over 2.5 million birds migrate through the greater Gulf Coast area each spring! Some birds are even more commonly sighted in fall as songbirds, hummingbirds, shorebirds, swifts and hawks make the return trip south. While many species stop, fuel up and continue the journey to Central and South America, other birds overwinter right here in Texas.
The needs of birds differ depending on their species. Hummingbirds feed on nectar, but also need small insects to feed their young. Bluebirds eat primarily insects. The American goldfinch can be attracted with niger seed, but in the wild consumes seeds from native plants—goldenrod, sunflowers, grasses, Virginia creeper, sweetgum and elm trees. Red-bellied woodpeckers need snags—still standing dying or dead trees—to make a nesting cavity.
Walk in the Woods Nature Lecture Series:
When: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: L.G.I. Lecture Hall at McCullough Junior High School, 3800 S. Panther Creek Drive.
November 10 – What Birds Tell Us with Gary Clark, featuring photography by Kathy Adams Clark
The Walk in the Woods Nature Lecture Series provides an introduction to the unique species that inhabit our community and appeals to nature enthusiasts of all ages and levels of interest, from students to retirees.
A free program of The Woodlands Township, Walk in the Woods Nature Lectures are funded in part by The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N., Waste Management and Nature’s Way Resources.