June 10: Midday Fix - Animal Architecture

Nature's Architects
Through September 2011
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Drive
Chicago
www.naturemuseum.org

Steve Sullivan's Tips To Make Your Backyard More "Bird Friendly":

One of the things I like to do is take a common, hardy native flower like (a purple coneflower). I plant that in my yard and it provides color into the fall.

With bird feeders, you have to think about what you're putting in your feeder. Different species of birds eat a very different diet. To attract a wide variety of birds, you must have a wide variety of food.

Echinacea not only provides color -- it provides bird food.

If you have bird feeders, keep them close to your windows so that, if birds fly into your window, they will not have enough speed built up to kill themselves -- plus you can see them more easily.

Bird baths are enjoyed by most birds but need to be kept clean to prevent causing disease.

There are many native birds that benefit from bird houses like bluebirds, tree swallows, screech owl, house wrens, and chickadees. However, the nest needs to be their correct size for them to use and, equally important, the entrance hole needs to be designed to exclude the non-native and invasive starlings and house sparrows. Good bird house architecture is a key to increasing bird diversity in our neighborhoods.

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