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Backyard Birding

Learn the joys of watching birds in your backyard and the keys to identifying the birds you see. Explore techniques for attracting a wide variety of birds, methods for providing a safe habitat for our feathered friends and tools for enhancing the experience.

Code: HG51099
Dates: October 19-26, 2018
Meets: 12 N to 2:00 PM
Location: Creutzburg Center 100
Instructor: Phil Witmer
$59.00 Course Fee
Save $10 with a MLSN Membership

http://www.mainlineschoolnight.org/CourseStatus.awp?&course=18FHG51099

Tyler Arboretum Birding Trip: Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

Tuesday October 16
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Located on the South Jersey shore, Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge is an important part of the Atlantic Flyway with its tidal wetlands and shallow bay habitats. Join birder Sue Lucas on a trip to Forsythe Refuge, Brigantine Island and surrounding areas in search of fall migrating waterfowl. This trip includes transportation, beverages and snacks. Bring a lunch, field guides and binoculars.

https://3828.blackbaudhosting.com/3828/Birding-Trip-Forsythe-National-Wildlife-Refuge-16Oct2018

Solitary Bee House: A Hands-on Workshop

Gardeners can easily encourage solitary bees by providing artificial nest sites, sometimes called “bee houses.” In this hands-on workshop, participants will build their own bee house, while learning about benefits of raising solitary bees. This class will bring attention to the benefits that solitary bees bring to our gardens. This class is not appropriate for children under 10, anyone below age 16 should be accompanies by an adult.

Instructor: Lowery Douglass, Assistant Horticulturist, Chanticleer
Location: Chanticleer Gardens
786 Church Road, Wayne, PA, 19087
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018
Time: 9:00-11:00 AM
Price: $45 per class

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Tyler Arboretum: Winterizing Your Garden

Saturday October 13
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Is your garden ready for the winter chill? Not sure how to help your garden through the winter? Join Joe Daniels, Delaware County Master Gardener, to learn the steps for proper seasonal garden maintenance focused on perennials, shrubs, trees and lawn to get your garden ready for its spring awakening. Come with your gardening questions!

https://3828.blackbaudhosting.com/3828/Winterizing-Your-Garden

Tyler Arboretum: Toddlers in Nature: Bye Bye Birdie

Wednesday October 3
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

For ages 18 months – 3 years

Many of our summer birds are leaving us now. Find out why and where they are headed. Use binoculars to look for them.

Toddlers in Nature programs are for toddlers and their favorite adult. Toddlers are all about exploring their sense of wonder and each program includes a story, theme exploration, and time in nature.

https://3828.blackbaudhosting.com/3828/Toddlers-in-Nature-Bye-Bye-Birdie

The Deadly Lure of City Lights

Migrating birds can become disoriented as they fly at night. But the 9/11 Tribute in Light has come up with a solution.

By Andrew Farnsworth and Kyle G. Horton
Drs. Farnsworth and Horton are scientists at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Every Sept. 11, beams of light rise more than four miles into the night sky from the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum in Lower Manhattan to honor the nearly 3,000 lives lost in America’s most devastating terrorist attacks. The glowing columns elegantly trace the outlines of the twin towers. But they also beckon thousands of migrating birds into the city’s skyscraper canyons, where they can become disoriented and crash headlong into buildings.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/10/opinion/9-11-tribute-in-light-birds.html

How This Popular Garden Plant May Spread Parasites That Harm Monarchs

For monarch butterflies in the eastern United States, life revolves around milkweed, a group of about 100 plants in the genus Asclepius that provide food, shelter and nectar for the iconic insects. During their annual migration to the their overwintering sites in the mountains of Mexico, millions of the butterflies float from milkweed to milkweed and other native flowers, on an epic 2,000-mile journey. But in recent years, things have gotten dicey for the orange and black lepidopteron on their journey.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-popular-garden-plant-may-spread-monarch-parasite-180970257/

October Big Day—6 October 2018

Every year for the last four years Global Big Day has set new heights for a single day of birding. This massively international collaborative birding event has been so great we want to have another worldwide eBird Big Day in October. Why October? Because spring is rejuvenating the southern hemisphere and the northern reaches of the world are in the midst of migration. No matter where you are, we’re confident you can find some great birds on 6 October. Let’s see what we can find together on the first October Big Day!

https://ebird.org/news/october-big-day-6-october-2018