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Aldea Birding Group—September News

The 3rd Year Results Are In!

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Aldea is an official NestWatch Chapter with Cornell Lab of Ornithology—the only one in NM. Our Juniper Titmouse Nest Box Project is the Birding Group’s ambitious Citizen Science project with Cornell. This season 18 volunteers monitored our 70+ nest boxes and here are the results, compared with the first two years:

2019 - 91 fledglings (38 Juniper Titmouse; 53 Bewick’s Wren)

2018 - 83 fledglings (42 JUTI; 36 BEWR; 5 Mountain Chickadee)

2017 - 52 fledglings (31 JUTI; 17 BEWR; 4 MOCH)

Come celebrate the Nest Box Project with us! Friday evening, September 13, 6-8 pm at the Community Center ~ finger food pot-luck, and bring your own beverage.

There will be a short presentation, Q&A’s, stories, food, and good company. Please join us.

Raptor Event on Sunday, September 22 from 11 am-2 pm

The Birding Group and Events Committee will host this presentation and bird viewing by the Santa Fe Raptor Center. Watch for more information from Tony. We have had a Raptor Event twice before to standing room only crowds. Don’t miss it, and bring children!

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Speaking of Raptors

If You Love Raptors Please Read This Article on Poison Alternatives

Please educate yourself about alternatives to rodenticides in order to protect our hawks, owls, snakes, bobcats and coyotes! They are the natural rodent control.

And Speaking of Rodents

In the August newsletter someone gave good tips about not ground-feeding birds to prevent rodents. We have also found that mice will climb trees to eat suet and bark butter. As you know, they come out at night, so if you have feeders in trees bring those in before dusk. Yes, it’s a lot of work, but perhaps you can rethink your bird feeding set-up to make it easier.

Aldea is certified as a National Wildlife Federation Community Wildlife Habitat.

You can contribute by certifying your yard with the National Wildlife Federation

“The more you look, the more you will see.”

– Roger Tory Peterson, August 28, 1908 – July 28, 1996, naturalist, ornithologist, artist, and educator.

Email aldeabirders@gmail.com if you have questions or want to be added to our email list.

by Lonnie Howard