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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Monday, September 7, 2015
Are there Bluebirds in north Texas???
Bluebirds are here in north Texas all year
long. They’re shy and prefer open meadows, which are disappearing fast. That’s
why we don’t see them much. But they’re here. The bluebird population (the
“Eastern Bluebird” – the one here in north Texas) declined about 90% between
1900 and the early 70s. Now there is a slight resurgence thanks to
humans feeding and putting out appropriate housing.
8 million tons of trees are
cut down yearly …just to make catalogs. Birds
lived and raised nestlings in now-cut-down trees. But now there’s a free service
to help you decide what goes into your mailbox. You click onwww.CatalogChoice.orgto check it out. Catalog Choice is endorsed
by the Nat’l Wildlife Federation and Natural Resources Defense Council. Not
only can it stop mass-mailed junk catalogs, but lets you stop “special
interest” catalogs that may or may not be of interest to you.
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.