November 2005 Report:  A chance to plant for returning Spring birds.

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Photo © Michael Osterreich, Focus on nature photography
Castlewood Park, MO 2004

Faced with a hurricane torn Gulf Coast, from Texas to Alabama, migrating songbirds, hummingbirds, hawks and owls east of the Mississippi have managed passage through Alabama and Florida, apparently in good numbers. Those following the Mississippi Flyway through Louisiana and Mississippi have had poorer chances. The U.S. Fish and WIldlife Service ordered the closing of 16 national wildlife refuges in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana because of damage. Spring will tell how many of our birds make it back to us. You can still plant bird-friendly (with fruit, berries, insects, nectar) trees and shrubs for their return. The first 40 to 100 miles inland are critical. See list below.

American Redstart
Picture © MO Department of Conservation

Acorns to Oaks - How to plant oak tress
Fruit Trees for wildlife and humans
Your Golf Course can be a bird sanctuary
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
The Arbor Day Foundation
American Forests

Wild Birds for the 21st Century


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