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?

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