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    Issue No. 09.14
September 1, 2014     

"Nature News" from Wild Birds Unlimited at Moana Nursery
~ High Desert Bird of the Month ~
Cedar Waxwing

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Every two weeks we'll have a special offer for Rewards Members only.


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Bugs, Nuts & Fruit, Oh My!




Seed cylinders are a great way to easily feed backyard birds!  These Bugs, Nuts and Fruit cylinders are terrific for a wide variety of birds in all seasons.






 We carry a great variety of seed and thistle feeders.  There is something sure to suit any backyard habitat


Combo Nyjer & Seed Feeders

Recycled Materials Feeders

Upside-down Finch Feeders 


October High Desert Bird-of-the-Month:


Cedar Waxwing     

Scientific name: Bombycilla cedrorum


How to identify: Cedar Waxwings are sleek, masked birds with unusual red, waxy deposits at the tips of their secondary feathers. They are cinnamon-colored, with grayish wings and tails and yellow terminal tail-bands. They have distinctive crested heads, black throats, and black masks lined with white. Their bellies have a yellowish tinge, and their undertail coverts are white. Juveniles are mottled gray-brown, and have black masks and yellow tail-bands. The red feather-tips increase in number and size as the bird ages.


Habitat: Cedar Waxwings inhabit open, lowland woodlands with shrubs and small trees, especially when berry-producing shrubs are present. They are often found in streamside woods and avoid the forest interior. They are common in forest clearings, wetlands, edges, residential areas, orchards, and stands of Russian olive.



Carmel's Backyard Birding Blog


Does Backyard Bird Feeding Affect Migration?


With autumn here and winter fast approaching, I have had a few people ask me about feeding and migration.  Should you keep feeding the birds during the winter or take a small break so as to not deter their migration?


Luckily, seasonal bird migration is triggered by changes in day length, and not the availability of food. Birds that frequent backyard feeders usually will not linger past their normal migration time. Stragglers at feeders are generally birds that are injured or that lack migration talents.  Instead of keeping birds from migrating, available feeders actually give them a much needed energy boost to help them survive their long journeys.


While the same birds may regularly visit feeders as part of their daily foraging, studies have shown that wild birds only get an average of 25 percent of their food from feeders. There are many wild food sources that birds prefer and while they will visit feeders out of convenience, they are well able to find other sources of food if feeders are unavailable. Feeders may become more critical during harsh winters, but birds will not starve if the feeders aren't filled.


Read more of Carmel's Blog here


October Nature Happenings


* In the past, Mourning Doves were fall migrants. But due to an ever warmer climate, increased winter cover in suburban backyards and availability of wider range of food, they are seen in communal flocks through out the winter.
* White-winged Doves are seen with more frequency.
* All members of the dove family favor ground feeders, seed blocks and flat trays of millet and cracked corn.
* The first storms of winter usher in winter migrants which often seek shelter in the cover of backyards.
* Many members of the sparrow family (Chipping, White-crowned, Brewer's, Song and Lincoln's) join the ubiquitous House Sparrow at ground feeders.
* Sparrows can be seen scratching for fallen seeds in fading gardens.
* Leave spent perennials standing to provide cover and much needed food for our winter visitors.

* This is the month to install and repair nest boxes for use next year.
* Waterfowl migration continues to build throughout month.
* Peak of raptor and hawk migration.
* Pine Siskin return to lower elevations and feeders this month.
* Bluebird and other nest boxes need to be cleaned out this month to prepare for winter roosting.
* First juncos and American Tree Sparrows can appear late in the month.
* Sandhill Cranes migrate.
* Remaining hummingbirds will depart this month.
* Beavers are very active in the evenings while caching a winter supply of food.
* Autumn colors peak in October.
* Brown and Brook Trout spawn.
* White-tailed Deer bucks go into rut late in the month.
* Orionids meteor shower is late-October.

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!   


Field Trips:

The nearby Plumas Audubon Society also has field trips scheduled that area birders may find of interest. For more details please visit

For information on the Lahontan Audubon Society, click here.



Animal Ark


Harvest Festival
October 4 @ 10:15 am - 2:30 pm

Harvest Festival As part of our enrichment program, most of the animals will receive pumpkins filled with their favorite treats. Watch the enjoyment experienced by our predators when presented with these unique and delicious meals. Throughout the day, pumpkins will be delivered to different animals. Come spend the day; bring the camcorder...this is animal viewing at its finest!


Animal Ark Stampede
October 11 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Dress in your favorite animal costume or print and take on this fun and challenging 5K Trail Run/Walk that supports the winter care of non-releasable wildlife. Be sure to bring the family for free face painting, a shorter Kids Run and raffle prizes. Participants get free general admission to Animal Ark, and their families receive 50% off!


Last Chance Cheetah Dash
October 12 @ 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm

Last Chance Cheetah Dash This is the last Cheetah Run of the season! Reward yourself with an incredible experience: Watch these magnificent cats running with extraordinary speed, off-leash, across the desert in pursuit of an enticing lure. Prices: Adults $40, Seniors $35, Children (ages 8-16) $30, Platinum Members free. Children must be at least 8 years old to attend.


Click here to visit the Animal Ark website

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