Bring Birds to Your Yard

Bring birds to your yard year ’round

Have you ever noticed that certain bird species never visit your yard, even though your seed feeders are well stocked? Maybe it’s time to ramp up the avian attractions in your yard. Although your feeder has many species in the warmer months, you can increase bird activity throughout all seasons with bird-friendly landscaping.  With the right native plants, arranged to mimic your local ecosystems, you will provide birds with food, shelter, and nesting places. Add a water source and you will ensure that you meet the needs of both resident and seasonal species.  Instead of visiting your garden just to snack, resident birds will call your backyard home all year. And you’ll attract more migrants, too.

Our speaker's backyard

Our speaker’s backyard

Our March speaker for both the Flagstaff and Sedona meetings is one of our own–Dena Greenwood.  You may know her from her job managing Jay’s Bird Barn (JBB) in the Safeway Plaza in West Sedona. Many of you have attended the very popular weekly Wednesday field trips she leads, sponsored by JBB. She is a member of the NAAS Board, and she and husband Randy Miller are long-time members.

Dena began her birding adventures 25 years ago as an Arizona State Parks’ ranger, leading bird walks and developing bird guides for several of the parks.  She has a graduate degree in environmental biology with emphases in ornithology, botany, and geology. Dena conducted bird research for the Colorado Plateau Research Station, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Forest Service on the Verde, Colorado, and San Juan River corridors. She has been guiding field trips in the Southwest for over 20 years with Elderhostel and the Audubon Society. She is Field Trip Chair for NAAS and a founding committee member of the Verde Valley Bird & Nature festival, for which she organizes field trips.

Our speaker's backyard

Our speaker’s backyard

Dena will bring all that background to her illustrated talks for our March meetings.  She will show several examples of healthy backyard ecosystems and discuss the elements that attract many bird species. She also will have available a handout for native annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees that help create a thriving environment both above and below the Rim. Proof of the pudding:  Dena and husband Randy have created a beautiful backyard habitat of wildflower gardens and native shrubs and trees which have attracted 144 bird species. That’s a remarkable number for two people who spend much time working away from home.

blue gramma grass

blue gramma grass

NAAS members, their guests, and the general public are invited to attend this exciting presentation.  The Sedona and Flag meetings both start at 6:45 p.m. for cookies and socializing, and at 7:00 p.m. for the brief meeting followed by the program. Come to the Sedona Library off Dry Creek Rd. in West Sedona on Wednesday, March 16. In Flagstaff, the meeting is on Thursday, March 17, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church/Benson Hall. The meeting is free and open to the public.