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The Green Life: Welcome Back, Bobolink

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April 28, 2008

Welcome Back, Bobolink

Bobolink_istock_000002169114xsmall Navigating vast distances, migratory birds--like the bobolink (pictured)--are flocking to their summer homes. The National Zoo celebrates Bird Fest 2008 through May 1. Worldwide migratory bird celebrations are set for May 10 and 11.

Want to help our feathered friends? Turn your backyard into a haven for migrating birds by offering these avian comforts:

Water
Migrating birds will appreciate a fancy birdbath or a shallow dish placed in a safe location (i.e. not beside your cat’s favorite perch).

Food
Find out which plants are native to your region, and cultivate a mixture of berry producing trees and bushes, such as American holly or serviceberry. Sunflowers or marigolds make for a stunning flower garden while providing abundant seeds for hungry birds.

Shelter
Shrubs and bushes provide good cover for weary travelers. A brush pile works double duty as shelter and grub station for feathered insectivores.

--D.W.

Sources:  eNature, Plenty, The Humane Society

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