Category Archives: Education

House Finch Eye Disease: Increased virulence as disease progresses

Usually, individual birds infected with a disease develop an “immune memory” that is used to help protect them from reinfection. It’s similar to when your body creates antibodies after you get sick or receive a vaccine. The antibodies help prevent reinfection by that same pathogen strain. However, since birds can’t walk into vaccine clinics, their immune memories are not always perfect, and we’re learning about this phenomenon from House Finch eye disease.

https://feederwatch.org/blog/house-finch-eye-disease-increased-virulence-disease-progresses/

Come to Know the Plants

Plants are the foundation of any garden. Creating a successful, enjoyable space that works depends on choosing the right ones. Intimately knowing your plants makes gardening more rewarding, enjoyable and less work. Learn how great plants can come together to form a dynamic, self-reliant community. After a brief lecture, get ready to get your hands in the soil as we start to plant the new Creutzburg Center entrance garden.

Code: HG42001
Dates: May 3, 2018
Meets: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Creutzburg Center
Instructor: Chris Fehlhaber of Chanticleer Garden
$39.00 Course Fee
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Pitch in a Patch for Pollinators

Presented by Habitat Network, The Nature Conservancy, and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

This spring, Pitch in a Patch for Pollinators. We know pollinators need habitat to thrive–can you commit just a little more space for a new pollinator patch? Each of us has a role we can play in stitching together vibrant, healthy habitat for our butterflies, bees, birds, bats, and various other pollinating wildlife.

http://content.yardmap.org/special-pages/pitch-patch-pollinators/

Art of Beekeeping

Learn about the rewarding and important art of beekeeping on the beautiful grounds of historic Harriton House. Visit the onsite hives in appropriate apiary costume (provided). See how a hive is constructed of frames and wax and how the bees are installed.

Code: HG61111
Dates: April 21, 2018
Meets: 9:30 AM to 12 N
Location: Harriton House
Instructor: I Harriton House
$45.00 Course Fee

A Yard Full Of Native Plants Is A Yard Full Of Well-Fed Birds

Taking in the beautiful purple blossoms as the scent of lilac floats on the air seems like a pretty idyllic backyard setting, but new research shows that not all plants are equal. That pretty lilac, porcelain berry, fragrant bush honeysuckle, and ruby red Japanese maple in your yard might look nice, but non-native plants like these consistently have fewer caterpillars than native plants, according to new research published in July in Biological Conservation. And that means less food for birds.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/its-true-a-yard-full-of-native-plants-is-a-yard-full-of-well-fed-birds/

Removing Lawn to Make Way for More Habitat

Habitat Network, The Nature Conservancy and The Cornell Lab

“This article discusses several tried and true ways people remove lawn. From small patches to whole lawns–these techniques will get you started down the path to less lawn and more…pollinator flower beds? Trees? Shrubs? Veggie Garden? Your imagination is your only limit.”

http://content.yardmap.org/learn/removing-lawn-to-make-way-for-more-habitat/

Great Backyard Bird Count Lecture

Join Phil Witmer* for an informative lecture about the Great Backyard Bird Count, and learn how to become a citizen scientist through this important winter event.

Saturday February 3, 2018
10:00am
Jenkins Arboretum
631 Berwyn Baptist Rd, Devon, PA 19333
Free and open to public.
Click here to download the instruction sheet.

* Phil Witmer is an avid birder and conservationist with over 30 years birding experience. He is a past board member of Bucks County Audubon Society, past-president of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club, one of the oldest birding clubs in the country, and is on the board of Audubon PA. He is also active locally in Bird Town initiatives, volunteers banding Northern Saw-whet owls, monitors American kestrel boxes and has attended Powdermill Preserve’s trainings on passerine banding. While certainly not an expert on bird identification, he has devoted much time to the conservation of birds, the forces driving their decline and what we need to do to save them. He leads walks at Mill Grove Center and lectures on a variety of related topics. He has spent many hours enjoying the birds at his backyard feeders.

Backyard Birding with Main Line School Night

http://www.mainlineschoolnight.org/CourseStatus.awp?&course=18SHG51099

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.

Phone: 610-687-0460
Code: HG51099
Dates: February 23 – March 2, 2018
Meets: 12 N to 2:00 PM
Location: Creutzburg Center 100
Instructor: Phil Witmer
$55.00 Course Fee
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