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, April 2, 2014
Meadowlarks are wide-ranging, but disappearing.
There are two species of
Meadowlarks; Eastern and Western.Both
are found in north Texas - especially in fields and meadows (hence, the
name). They can be found from coast to coast, and from central Canada down to
Argentina.The Meadowlark (the colorful eastern
species is more common here) is yellow and brown, but is classified as a
However, Meadowlarks are disappearing rapidly; at about the same rate as meadows and fields are disappearing. Add to that the liberal, knee-jerk use of "kill-everything" insecticides on just about any piece of grass still around. After all, Meadowlarks eat insects, and grass is usually full of them!
OWEN 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.