Issue No. 08.14
August 1, 2014
"Nature News" from Wild Birds Unlimited at Moana Nursery Attention Rewards Program Members ...
We're pleased to announce a new perk for Moana Rewards Members:
Every two weeks we'll have a special offer for Rewards Members only, starting this month with our 15% savings on bird feeders.
Moana Rewards Members Only ...
15% Savings on *ALL Bird Feeders
Now is the time to refresh your backyard bird feeders before winter gets here. Includes seed, thistle, peanut, mealworm, suet and nectar style feeders. Limited to stock on hand, so come early for best selection.
*Excludes APS hardware & hooks, feeder accessories and seed/suet products. Offer expires August 15, 2014.
New Art for Bird Lovers!
One-of-a-kind, uniquely sculptured waterfowl creations crafted from iron and Minnesota fieldstone. A perfect addition to adorn your home, office or complement a garden feature. Come in and see them today!
August High Desert Bird-of-the-Month:
Mountain & Western Bluebirds Bluebirds are found throughout North America including the Eastern, Western and Mountain Bluebirds. All bluebirds are cavity nesters and will use an artificial nest box. Habitat and nest cavities had been disappearing for many years, but bluebirds have made an incredible come back due to thousands of bluebird nest boxes being installed across the country. Nesting occurs from March through August. Only the female incubates the four to six eggs which she maintains at a temperature of 98 - 100ºF. Bluebirds are generally monogamous, staying together throughout the breeding season, and may breed together for more than one season. However, some birds may switch mates during a breeding season to raise a second brood. Bluebirds may raise two and sometimes three broods per season. Pairs may build their second nests on top of the first nest or they may nest in an entirely new site. The male continues to take care of the recently fledged young while the female begins to re-nest.
Carmel's Bird Blog
Recently I have had a several customers come in and mention that they were having difficulty with bees at their hummingbird feeders. After doing some research, I found some interesting solutions that, in tandem with a good quality feeder, may resolve the issue completely. Since most backyard birdwatchers are now seeing hummers at their feeders, I thought this information would be great to pass along.
Ways to Remove Bees From Your Feeders
With the warmer weather in recent years, bees have been coming out of their hives earlier than customary. Warmer temperatures during the day have made them become more active. However, our still colder nighttime temperatures may cause the flowers that they use to feed on not to bloom. If there are no flowers, they will start looking for another food source and hummingbird feeders are the perfect solution to their problem. Bees are attracted to the sugary solutions we provide in our feeders and use this man-made nectar as a food source for the hive.
Many of us who put out feeders every year have noticed that bees will take over the feeder and hummingbirds will not feed from them. Bees will use the feeders as a food source if they cannot find alternate food. This is a big problem to many of us; we put the feeders out for the birds not the bees. So what can we do to prevent a take-over of our feeders?
August Nature Happenings
- Watch for Common Nighthawks hunting flying insects over open ground in the late afternoon light.
- Many of our summer visitors have finished their nesting cycle and will begin their migration south.
- Male Black-headed Grosbeaks will disappear from the landscape as they begin their southern migration; females and juveniles will follow in the coming weeks.
- Bullock's Orioles, our summer visitors that love to chatter notes high and low, will begin to migrate south.
- Daylilies are in bloom.
- Young loons learn to fly.
- Yellow jackets make paper-like nests.
- Hummingbirds are active at feeders and at flowers, sourcing protein from spiders and insects and sipping nectar for sugars.
- Male hummingbirds start their southbound migration this month, averaging 20 miles a day to their wintering grounds in Central America and Mexico. Females head south later, with juveniles sticking around until early October.
- Migration begins. Keep feeders full with fresh food for "stopover" migrants.
- Pinon Jays, normally found exclusively in the pinon/juniper areas, gobble lots of seed at bird feeders.
- Geese, ducks, cranes, etc. usually fly in 'V' formation. Theory is that all, but lead bird, gain lift from wing-tipped vortices produced by lead bird.
- American Goldfinches finish nesting late this month.
Upcoming Meetings & Events:
Lahanton Audubon Society
Monthly Meetings are held every fourth Tuesday, August through May, 6:30 p.m. (social) 7:00 p.m. - meeting begins. Monthly meetings are held at the Moana Nursery Landscape and Design Center, 1100 West Moana Lane, in Reno. Moana Nursery is on the southwest corner of Lakeside Drive and West Moana Lane; the Landscape and Design Center is a separate building, located on the west side of the parking lot (not in the nursery shop itself). We look forward to seeing you there!
The nearby Plumas Audubon Society also has field trips scheduled that area birders may find of interest. For more details please visit
- Saturday, August 2, 2014 - Birds, Views, and Falls - Galena Falls, Mount Rose Trailhead, Reno, NV
- Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - Truckee River Sunset Stroll and McCarran Bridge Chiroptera Cruise (Bats)
- Saturday, August 9, 2014 - Spooner Lake State Park
- Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Swan Lake/Lemmon Valley Marsh, North Reno
- Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Oxbow Park, Reno
For information on the Lahontan Audubon Society, click here.
August 2, 2014: 4:30pm - Sponsors Night!
Sponsors Night! This is an exclusive event for Members and Adoptive Parents! Bring a treat for your animal; talk to animal keepers; and hear behind-the-scenes stories. Not yet a member or a sponsor? You are welcome to purchase either status now or at the door.
August 16, 2014: 7:30pm - Art at Dark
Wolves and coyotes howling and big cats growling in the night: it's Ark at Dark! Enjoy a guided flashlight tour and see our nocturnal predators in their element.