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Birdbaths are a great way to observe nature, and so are birding clubs like the Wimberley Birding Society. Freeuse photo

Exploring Nature: Bird Club

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Aside from watching “Downton Abbey” on PBS, one of my favorite diversions these days is observing the goings-on at my backyard birdbath.

I have enjoyed seeing a big black vulture splashing and bathing and a small gray fox hopping up and lapping a drink. Every now and then, regular birds perch on the birdbath and take delicate little sips All in all, it is a fine magnet for wildlife.

I recommend all my birding friends set up some similar water feature, be it a simple dish of water or a fancy pond with a waterfall.

And while I am recommending things, I also urge you to join a birding organization, perhaps a national group such as the Audubon Society or a local outfit such as the Wimberley Birding Society. Preferably both. You can check out both online.

Be advised that annual dues for the Wimberley Birding Society are five bucks a year, probably the best bargain in birding. You not only get invited to quarterly meetings with great speakers, but you are informed of birding trips both local and around the world, and your dues help support upkeep of a nifty bird blind and two-acre wildlife refuge in Wimberley.

If you want to join, just send a check for five dollars, made out to WBS, to Wimberley Birding Society, P.O. Box 1526, Wimberley, TX 78676. Be sure to include your contact information, including an email if you have one. Tell them Jerry sent you.