A Day in the Life…Part 8

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

 This will be short post this week, as I have been working on a renovation project at the Fairfield County Historical Parks office and have not seen much of the preserve this week, And I spent much of today moving snow! As I write this we are at seven inches and counting. And this following a week of brutally cool weather and record lows.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our AMAZING support group – the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs and the OAGC Foundation. This statewide group has supported the educational programs and site improvements at Wahkeena for more than 50 years! One of the longest support projects is the winter feeding of the song birds.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Each year about 1000 pounds of bird seed and many pounds of suet are purchased with funds provided by OAGC and it’s Foundation. The photo above is a male red-bellied woodpecker. Look closely and you can see the red on the lower belly. 
Downy Woodpecker
Above is a male downy woodpecker. The female would lack the red spot.
American goldfinch
Niger or thistle seed is also provided in special feeders that only the finches can access. Often in the winter we get pine siskins here at Wahkeena, but to date I have only seen one. This may be due to adequate food sources further north. Thus eliminating the need to migrate this far south.
SO, A BIG THANK YOU TO THE MEMBERS OF THE OHIO ASSOCIATION OF GARDEN CLUBS FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT. 
It’s not just the birds that benefit from this support, but all who visit Wahkeena Nature Preserve.


Posted by Tom

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