Experts to share secrets of attracting wild birds

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Los Alamos is a haven for wild birds and many residents enjoy viewing them in their yards throughout the season. But what is the best way to attract birds to your yard? What are the considerations when feeding wild birds? What should you feed them, and how does this vary for the different seasons? Experts will answer these questions and more at a bird-feeding panel at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center 7 p.m. on Aug. 27.
Panelists include Kurt Miller, Dave Yeamans, Bob Walker, Carolyn Mangeng and Terry Hodapp. Becky Shankland will moderate the discussion. Kurt Miller is a skilled birder and owner of Feathered Friends in Santa Fe, specializing in preparation of seed mixtures for specific local areas. All the other panelists, as well as the moderator are experienced bird-watchers who have successfully created attractive backyard habitats in both Los Alamos and White Rock.
Yeamans will start the presentation with a slideshow of some wild birds that can be found around Los Alamos and White Rock. Then the panel discussion will begin, with plenty of time for Q and A from the audience. Topics to be covered include:
• Why feed birds? What are the benefits? The harm? What else are we feeding? Is it OK?
• What types of feeders are recommended and where should you place them for different habitats?
• What kind of seed, suet, butter, fruit, nectar etc. should you offer for various species at different times of year? What plants attract birds?
• What are the best ways to offer water to the birds?
• What are some lessons learned and mistakes not to make?
This presentation will be sponsored by the PEECbirders group, an active interest group that is open to the public. To learn more about the interest group, visit tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/PEECbirders/.
The program will be free, and no advance registration is required. For more information about this and other programs offered at PEEC, visit pajaritoeec.org, email programs@pajaritoeec.org, or call 662-0460.
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos.
It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC maintains a nature center, has regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching.
PEEC activities are open to everyone, however members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise.
Annual memberships start at $20. To learn more, visit pajaritoeec.org.