Day 11: Birds Lift the Spirit! Bird ID, Feeder Stations, Flowering Plant Options & Phone Photography Tricks

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Help us celebrate a break in the rainy weather today. Kim even heard Varied Thrushes singing their three-tone whistle this morning, and we were woken up last night by Barred Owls caterwauling! So, we’re going to set all our old bird feeders back up, because birds are the ultimate lifters of the spirit, and birding is the ultimate social distancing activity. We’ll also show you a couple of tricks to take great pics with your phone! Please consider a donation if you enjoy the video lesson and would like to help keep Wolf Camp administrative staff employed through springtime.

We took our feeders down a couple years ago when the region was overrun by rats, but that era ended as the weasel population exploded, and the rats disappeared within months – a metaphoric lesson for our current situation. So, join us as we set up sunflower feeders and suet feeders again, plus share our sanitary hummingbird feeding system with tour of the flowering plants we installed for them a couple years ago.

We’ll also tour the yard looking for bird nests, and see if an eagle or red tailed hawk perches on the “snag” installed in the newly designed wetlands next to our house. Hopefully the frogs, marsh wrens, and red-winged blackbirds will be singing as well. In a few days, during the next stretch of sun, we’ll return to see how well the feeders are being utilized by birds migrating north.

Tomorrow and over the weekend, in honor of the workshops canceled next month due to our state’s “stay at home” order, Kim will demonstrate how to make an herbal salve, we’ll tour our herb gardens, show you how to use plantain, and then we’ll cook up some wild edibles from the yard before choosing new topics for next week, such as touring our orchard, starting a community sidewalk garden, and embarking on some animal tracking adventures.

Day 11 Birding – The Ultimate Social Distancing Activity is part of our “You Healthy? Go Outside!” Evening Broadcast – Family Friendly Music & Earth Skills Activities with Kim & Chris Chisholm, Wolf Camp and the Conservation College at Blue Skye Farm. Well end today with “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley.

Announcements & Reminders:

Support your local emergency hospitals, first responders, homeless service providers and other essential care givers by finding out what kind of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) they need, then launch a neighborhood effort to round up and deliver those items.

– Going outside is the healthiest way to maintain happiness while social distancing, where virus concentrations dissipate in the fresh air and get killed by ultraviolet (UV) rays, and where the sun helps us produce Vitamin D which also keeps us happy and well. Gardening is also a great way to stay healthy, and if things get tough, one of the best ways to increase your food security.

Please consider a contribution if you benefited from this video, and help us keep Wolf Camp and the Conservation College at Blue Skye Farm going during this time when we can’t run spring workshops. We’re hoping to keep administrative staff employed in advance of the summer camp season.

Thanks, and please catch live broadcasts on the Wolf Camp facebook page or via the Wolf College youtube channel live stream if we’re within wifi range starting at 6:00 PM Pacific, or view it when we post it here at 7:00 PM, until the social distancing era end or June 14, 2020, whichever comes quickest:)

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