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Blair Woods Family Nature Day: Birds

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*Published on Travis Audubon Signal Smoke Blog*

This past Saturday, April 14th was the first in a series of nature days this year at the Blair Woods Sanctuary, aimed to engage families about this important natural area. The former site of the Ft. Colorado historical marker and a dairy farm has been in the process of restoration for the past 20-30 years due to habitat degradation. I completed the Travis Audubon Master Birder Program in 2017 and am required to do at least 30 hours of volunteering the following year. Having been there once before on a field trip and having fun memories tracking the biggest blue jay I have ever laid eyes on, I thought this would be a good event to start off my hours at.

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Seven tables were set up, including the welcome table, meeting point for guided bird walks, bird beak adaptation, bird feeder frenzy, bird scavenger hunt, binocular basics, and of course a snack table. I was in charge of the bird feeder frenzy table where you could decorate a paper cup with fun colored markers and stickers before punching holes and stringing through twisted rope. A bag of no mess bird seed mix and a bird identification sheet was sent home with everyone to attract birds to their backyard for their viewing pleasure and identification practice. I enjoyed meeting the families that stopped by and loved seeing all the kids embrace the activities we had planned.

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It was a cool breezy morning, but there was no shortage of birds spotted on the guided bird walk. Ten different species in this 10-acre sanctuary including green heron, white-eyed vireo, Carolina chickadee, Carolina wren, northern cardinal, cedar waxwing, common raven, red tailed hawk, American crow, and Cooper’s hawk were seen. We also were lucky enough to spot a red-tailed hawk in a nest right off the trail. The wind was a testament to the sheer strength of bird nests as I watched the tree bend from side to side, making it impossible to get a good photograph.

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One comment on “Blair Woods Family Nature Day: Birds

  1. Karen DeJohn says:

    Love it. And your table😍

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