Young Birders in the Garden: Planning for Birds

  • Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy Hancock, NH, 03449 United States

Hummingbird and Butterfly Bush
Photo by Steve Byland

Everybody likes a beautiful garden...but beautiful to whom? This spring, the Harriers have a unique opportunity to partner with community leaders at the Peterborough Community Center, helping to research, design, and plant a new garden, one that looks inviting not only to the human eye but to other wildlife as well! Taking a patch of barren lawn and turning it into a haven for birds, pollinators, and all manner of local wildlife, while also making it an inviting place for people to sit and relax...this is a tall order!

What plants do Ruby-throated Hummingbirds like best? How about Eastern Tiger Swallowtails? What berries provide the best nutrition for Eastern Bluebirds and Cedar Waxwings in the late fall? What shrubs will attract migrating warblers on their way north and south? On April 12, we'll meet at the Harris Center to learn something about the plants that we'll be working with for this project, and make some initial sketches for what this new patch of garden might look like. And later in the year, we'll meet at the site to turn these ideas into a reality!

(Care for a bit of homework? You can prepare for the session by taking a look at these two helpful articles from the New York Times.)

After our gardening workshop, we'll also have a "tech session" to introduce Harriers and their parents to eBird, an excellent online tool for up-and-coming citizen scientists, and a wonderful resource for birders of all sorts, young and old.

We'll end with a quick romp around the Harris Center woods, with a visit to nearby locations of vernal pools, where we'll check for signs of spring life: frogs, salamanders, and who knows what!

R.S.V.P. to nhyoungbirders@gmail.com if you're coming! We look forward to seeing you.