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The new year is a time for making resolutions, including those that might benefit our feathered friends. Freeuse photo

Exploring Nature: Resolutions

Sunday, January 12, 2020

The new year is a time for making resolutions and I have six to offer my birding friends.

First, if you don’t have one already, resolve to put up a bird feeder. The tube type is excellent and black oil sunflower seeds are a good choice for the food.

Second, resolve to provide fresh, clean water for visiting birds. This can be a fancy feature with re-cycled flowing water, or just a small dish of water on a window sill.

Third, pledge to plant bird-friendly bushes and trees on your property. Don’t be so devoted to neatness that you wind up with a sterile all-lawn habitat. Birds thrive on brush piles and leaf litter.

Fourth, eliminate chemicals and pesticides and go organic wherever possible. Remember, birds love to eat insects so don’t kill them all off.

Fifth, resolve to attend a good birding festival. I highly recommend FeatherFest, a birding and nature photo festival set for Galveston on April 16-19. I also recommend the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, set for Harlingen on Nov. 11-15.

Sixth, and last, try to take a trip to see exotic species you can’t see at home. A great beginning trip is to Trinidad-Tobago, home of red-billed tropicbirds, oil birds, and warblers uncountable. It’s true, what they say, you really can see “40 birds before breakfast” by sitting on the wide veranda at Asa Wright Nature Centre and looking out over a lush, green valley.

Here’s wishing you a wonderful, bird-filled 2020.

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