Wild Birds Unlimited Newsletter
For those passionate about birding and nature

 February 1st, 2016                                                                                                    Volume 02.16
Nature News
- Bird Of The Month -
Dark-eyed Junco

BOM :  Dark-eyed Junco
Scientific name : Junco hyemalis
 
How to identify:  The Dark-eyed Junco is a medium-sized sparrow with a rounded head, a short, stout bill and a fairly long, conspicuous tail. Juncos vary across the country, but in general they're dark gray or brown birds brightened up by a pink bill and white outer tail feathers that periodically flash open, particularly in flight.
 
Habitat:  Dark-eyed Juncos breed in coniferous or mixed-coniferous forests across Canada, the western U.S., and in the Appalachians. During winter you'll find them in open woodlands, fields, parks, roadsides, and backyards.
 
Where to find one: Dark-eyed Juncos are birds of the ground. They hop around the bases of trees and shrubs in forests or venture out onto lawns looking for fallen seeds. You'll often hear their high chip notes, given almost absent-mindedly while foraging, or intensifying as they take short, low flights through cover.
 
How to attract one to your yard:  Dark-eyed Juncos are primarily seed-eaters, with seeds of chickweed, buckwheat, sorrel, and the like making up about 75% of their year-round diet. At feeders they seem to prefer millet over sunflower seeds. During the breeding season, Dark-eyed Juncos also eat insects including beetles, moths, butterflies, caterpillars, ants, wasps, and flies.

Interesting fact:  The Dark-eyed Junco is one of the most common birds in North America and can be found across the continent, from Alaska to Mexico, from California to New York. A recent estimate set the junco's total population at approximately 630 million individuals
 
For more information on Dark-eyed Juncos, visit one of the three Moana Nursery store locations:  1100 W. Moana Ln. & 11301 S. Virginia St., Reno and 7644 Pyramid Hwy., Sparks. 
 
Carmel Ruiz-Hilton is Manager of Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shops at Moana Nursery in Reno/Sparks

Go to the WBU site for more Bird of the Month newsletters & articles.  
Protect your bird feeders from the elements!

 

All weather guards are 15% off!
Feb 1-15th and while supplies last

Not only do they protect seed from rain and snow 
but can act as a squirrel deterrent also!

Check out all current sales and promotions on the  Moana Nursery website
Looking for some fun things to do with the kids? 
The Great Backyard Bird Count 

It is for kids ... It's as easy as 1, 2, 3! 

  
 
1. Plan to count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count. You can count each day or just some of the days and you can count in different places. Just be sure to keep a separate list of birds for each day and each location. 

2. For each type of bird you see, count the most you see at any one time. For example, maybe you see two chickadees when you start watching, then five chickadees a few minutes later. The number you put on your list for chickadees is five. Do not add two plus five. (This way way you don't accidentally count the same bird twice.)

3. Enter your results on the Great Backyard Bird Count web site!Then watch the maps as more and more people enter their reports. 

That's it!

Now get ready to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count because when it comes to watching birds, kids count! For Other Activities visit: http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/kids 

Celebrate National Bird Feeding Month

In February Cupid isn't the only winged object that people need to watch out for this month. In 1993, the United States Congress proclaimed February to be National Bird Feeding Month. 

Backyard bird feeding is enjoyed by over 41 million  North Americans. And while February is National Wild Bird Feeding Month, with the right provisional, people can enjoy a wide variety of backyard birds all year long. The Great Backyard Bird Count is fun, educational and helps us learn more about the abundance and distribution of bird species. The average backyard is visited regularly by 15 or more different bird species. People can increase the variety of birds that visit their backyards by providing the appropriate food in the right location. 
 


 
There are three common backyard bird feeding categories: ground-feeding,  elevated feeding and a combination of both. For example, goldfinches prefer to  eat Nyjer (thistle seed) from a tube feeder, whereas doves generally eat millet on the ground. Stop by one of our three Wild Birds Unlimited stores within Moana Nursery and let us show you how you can attract feathered friends to your backyard!


Upcoming Events
 
Lahontan Audubon Society

Virginia Lake - FIELD TRIP
When  Sat, February 6, 9am - 12pm
Where  Virginia Lake Park, Reno, NV 89509


Garden of Speakers - Jerry Fenwick - The Day the Flying Circus Came to Town
When  Wed, February 10, 2pm - 3pm
Where  Metropolitan Gardens Apartments, 325 E 7th St, Reno, NV 89512,

Eagles & Ag
When Feb 18 - 21, 2016
Where Carson Valley Inn Casino, 1627 U.S. Hwy 395 N, Minden, NV 89423

Garden of Speakers - Steve Gessler - His trip to Namibia
When  Fri, February 19, 2pm - 3pm
Where  Metropolitan Gardens Apartments, 325 E 7th St, Reno, NV 89512, United States (map)

Program Meeting - NDOW's Western Region Avian Survey Programs
When  Tue, February 23, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Where  Moana Nursery at Moana Lane, Reno, Nevada, 1100 W Moana Ln, Reno, NV 89509

Birds & Books Reading Group - Winter World
When  Wed, February 24, 4pm - 6pm
Where  Sundance Bookstore & Music, 121 California Ave, Reno, NV 89509

For more information on Lahontan Audobon activities, go to http://www.nevadaaudubon.org/


Animal Ark

For more information on Animal Ark activities, go to http://animalark.org/ 
Nature Happenings

* Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb. 17 - 20, www.birdsource.org/gbbc 
* Feb. 1 - 29: Project FeederWatch continues 
* Feb. 2: Groundhog Day 
* Feb. 7: Full Moon, Feb. 21: New Moon 
* February is National Bird Feeding Month 
* Unfrozen, fresh water ensures survival; keep heated bird baths plugged in. 
* Red-shafted Northern Flickers, our largest woodpecker, begin drilling holes for spring nesting. 
* Put up a "flicker" specific nest box to provide a much-needed nesting habitat and to deter them from entering your attic. 
* Bluebirds are searching for nesting cavities or nest boxes. Insects and berries can be scarce; offer mealworms, dried fruit, sunflower chips and more. 
* English House Sparrows and House Finches begin early nesting activity. * Black Bear cubs are born at the beginning of the month. 
* Time to put up a bird house or clean your existing ones. 
* Owls are the earliest nesters after beginning courtship in December and January. Listen for their nightly courtship serenades.

Celebrating 10 years in Reno, NV! 
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