Written by an area Landscape Architect and birdwatcher with over 30 years of experience with landscaping in north Texas: what works and what doesn't. Emphasis on attracting birds to north Texas yards, and reducing required yard maintenance. Tips, trivia and proven advice for a natural, low-cost approach for this unique and sensitive part of the country.
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Mar.26(W) Want to attract a Kestrel? Get a Wood Duck birdhouse.
Duck chooses a nest site near water, clearly. But if you’re not near water, but
within about half-a-mile of a grassy field or meadow, the same birdhouse, with
the same sized hole, is likely to attract an American Kestrel. It’s a
beautiful, small falcon that wreaks havoc on mice and large insects near its
UPDATE A U.S. Federal Court has ordered the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) to protect migrating birds from colliding with
communications towers (cell phone, television etc.) Each year, between 5- and
50-million migrating birds are killed by collisions with towers with steadily burning lights. Those applying for
tower permits from now on must comply with existing federal regulations protecting
YOST, in addition to being a blogger, is a licensed Landscape Architect
emeritus who has lived and worked in north Texas for over 30 years. He is the recipient of
a Lifetime Achievement Award of the Native Plant Society of Texas, and is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA),
International Federation of Landscape Architects, National Wildlife Federation
and the Audubon Society. His office is at Yost87@charter.net in Denton.