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Aldea Birding Group—August News

Hummingbird Explosion

If you have native perennials in your yard and/or nectar feeders, you are probably enjoying an increase in Hummingbirds. Our locally breeding Black-chinned fledglings, the post-breeding dispersal of the Broad-tailed, and the migration of Rufous and Calliope have all descended upon us in a wild frenzy of feeding. Enjoy!

And please remember not to use red food coloring or pre-mixed nectars.. A simple solution of 4-parts water to 1-part cane sugar is the best.

2019 Juniper Titmouse Nest Box Project

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Stay tuned for the results of the 3rd season of Aldea’s ambitious Citizen Science endeavor, our Juniper Titmouse Nest Box project with Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s NestWatch. The 18 nest box monitors are winding up the season now, and we will have the final results at the end of August.

Aldea is a NestWatch Chapter with Cornell Lab of Ornithology—the only one in NM!

The Santa Fe Cactus Rescue Project Comes to Aldea

Cholla Cactus

Cholla Cactus

Conceived and organized by Chuck Stein and Don Wilson of the Permaculture Committee, several Aldea residents recently participated in the restoration of an endangered cactus -- the Santa Fe Cholla -- which grows in only a few areas close to Santa Fe and is threatened by human encroachment and development. Cuttings from a neglected and dying Cholla colony in downtown Santa Fe were originally propagated in the Eldorado community, which has now shared them with Aldea. The cuttings have been planted in yards as well as open space to enable the plants to thrive once more. We are hoping that the Curve-billed Thrasher will nest in the cholla someday as they grow bigger. Their numbers are declining, and it would be wonderful to enhance their habitat. Maybe even Cactus Wrens that currently nest out in the Caja del Rio area could come as well.

Do You Use Rodenticides? Please consider alternatives order to protect our hawks, owls, snakes, bobcats and coyotes!

Poison Alternatives

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.

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