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Sunday, August 9, 2015

At 110°, you and the birds will have bigger concerns

Yellow-throated Warbler
Some folks still think suet is for wintertime only. They think that in the summer it might melt.  That’s true of basic suet (animal fat) from a butcher shop.  But suet packaged for birds is formulated to have a melting point of at least 110-degrees. So it’s perfect for Cardinals, Jays, Woodpeckers, Titmice, Chickadees and lots of other north Texas birds, now and all summer long. (They’re hungry all year, just like you and me!)


Turn off those deadly lights!    Millions of birds die each year from crashing into windows of office buildings and homes.  Suggestion: join with co-workers and persuade those responsible to turn off inside and outside lights at night - especially during the migration seasons. Also, at home put some sort of sticker on the glass and avoid putting feeders in the ”danger zone” of 3 ft. to 6 ft. from a window (within 3 ft. is OK).


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 in Denton.

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