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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Sunday, June 28, 2015
The bird that almost became extinct because of a rumor.
ago, there was a fake “bee scare”. Farmers mistakenly thought that the Eastern
Kingbird raided the bee hives they kept for pollinating crops, so they nearly
killed the birds off.WRONG!(And maybe farmers today should maintain their
own bee hives. They might be more concerned about the insecticides they use.)
called the “bee martin”, The Kingbird is a summer bird commonly seen from the
Rockies east to the Atlantic coast, including north Texas. Both Eastern and Western
varieties are seen here.
Where is the Cardinal a “native”? Here! It’s lived in north Texas, year
‘round, for a long, long time. However the Cardinal (“Northern Cardinal” to
purists) has been introduced into several other places. It was introduced into
southern California several times, starting in 1880. In 1929-31 it was
introduced into the Hawaiian Islands. Also, it was brought into Bermuda “long
ago”(nobody kept records then). It also
expanded its range into a few other areas. Now it is a resident, either
native or introduced, in pretty much every state in the c0untry.
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.