January Meeting – Attracting Backyard Birds – Michael Matherly
January 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm$5.00
Learn the do’s and don’ts of attracting nearly 50 species of San Diego birds to your private paradise. Michael Matherly will discuss feeder placement, types of feeders and food designed to draw particular birds at a given season. Which seed will draw the most melodious songbird? The most colorful? What are the advantages and disadvantages of different bird foods? Tips on how to lure rare species, the role of treats and the allure of special plants will highlight the presentation. There will also be advice on how to make your yard a safe environment for birds, including the cleaning of feeders and dangers posed by common bird food pests, your picture windows, and family pets (gulp!). Strategies will be shared on how to setup and run your bird bath so that birds that would not otherwise come to your garden, do so. Most of all, the presentation relies on audience participation for what worked and what didn’t in trying to bring the song and color of the Animal Kingdom a little closer.
Mike is a geographer by training and career. He taught for 35 years in the Earth Sciences Department at Grossmont College, specializing in urban growth and resource issues. He has served on the San Diego Audubon Board of Directors for fifteen years, including two as Vice-President. Mike was a leader of Audubon field trips to Central and South America for ten years and has been a bird photographer since 1996, when he discovered that finding these animals gets you into some of the wildest places on earth.
Members: free; Non-members: $5.00 applicable to membership