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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

It’s still a disaster for humans and birds



Meadowlark
Summer Tanager
The drought in north Texas is still bad – even with all the recent rains we’re not out of the woods by a long shot. Recent rains, though certainly welcome, only reduced what’s named an “Extreme Drought” to a “Moderate Drought” or better. We still have no “cushion” of water in ground and our lakes to get us through the next severe drought (which will come).
 

According to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, native plants can withstand droughts, so our birds are genetically programmed to seek them out (for food, nest material etc. So if you like birds, plant native Texas plants.Conversely, if you don't give a #&*@? about water or birds, plant whatever's on sale.
Bell's Vireo
 
Dicksissel

 

 
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  2. 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
 
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