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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Killdeer often hide in plain sight

Killdeer
Many of us have seen killdeer, but didn’t realize it.  These ground-dwelling, long-legged, ring-necked birds are very good at hiding in plain sight. They tolerate quite a lot of human activity. Like, next to a roadway or in a paved parking lot – for example, we see them often in the parking lot "islands" of the Factory Stores, on the north side of Denton. What they can’t tolerate is their nestlings or eggs being picked up by a human and moved to a “safe” place.  If someone is headed toward a Killdeer nest, females may divert him or her by acting as if they’re injured.
Killdeer on nest

 


 

 Are they really “green”?      In the U.S., there are over 17,000 circulating publications (that means magazines and newspapers, but does not include junk mail or catalogs). Producing one requires, on average, the equivalent of 2,165 trees.

Of those 17,000 publications, fewer than 200 use any post-consumer recycled material. The few that do, destroy about 217 trees each; 1,948 fewer. In other words, each of those few mailers leaves 1,948 trees – to provide shade, cool the earth, rejuvenate the soil, emit oxygen and provide homes for birds.

 

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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