Become a Wingnut – an invitation from Brian Wesley to care for the Wild Birds in Your Garden
Info Session – Dec. 3, 2022
Brian Wesley shared numerous tips and answered questions on how to care for Wild Birds. Turkey, squirrel, bear and magpie problems were discussed with excellent input from Brian and from the attendees who had many personal experiences to share.
The session wrapped with a discussion on volunteering for the Christmas bird count, using Cornell as an expert source and concern over the diminished number of songbirds seen locally over the past two years. The group discussed the impact of the 2021 heat bloom on the birds and will keep their eyes out to see how we are doing through the coming winter. To participate in future bird counts contact: Brian Wesley bjwesley at yahoo.com.
“I learned a lot at this session. I didn’t know my Junco didn’t go south but instead he just moves into a new local home for the winter.” – Carole P
“I have been spending a lot of money on fancy food that makes a mess for me to clean up. Thanks for educating me on a simpler way.” – Barbara T
“Excellent workshop, both Curtis and I enjoyed it and learned a lot. We will definitely be watching for Wings Over the Rockies Come Spring.” – Thea W
“Great tips on avoiding unwanted wildlife when you are feeding birds.” – Jim
Birds In My Garden – attracting and caring for wild birds to increase biodiversity and make your garden healthier
Brian Wesley, one of the top birders in our valley, whose Wings Over the Rockies bird walks are always the first to be SOLD OUT, will share ideas on how to best manage the bird life in your garden. Learn more about how to feed birds without attracting other wildlife (bears and turkeys) you don’t want.
Would you like to look out your window and see this? A photo from Brian’s Window…
LEARN HOW: Different bird feeders have different uses and what to put in them to attract a variety of birds. Know and understand more about the diversity of the wild birds in the valley who are looking for a nice, safe, home for the winter. Learn how your garden flower seeds can come into play.
Gain a new appreciation for the value birds bring to your garden, not only through their song but also through their actions.
Date: Saturday, 2022 Dec 3
Time: 10:00 – 11:30
Cost: Members $20. Non members $25. Young people over 10 are welcome to attend if they love nature and are interested in taking on the task of being responsible for the birds in their backyard.
Brian Wesley, a local birding enthusiast, has been a resident of the valley for the past 10 years. Brian has participated in numerous birding studies: British Columbia Breeding Bird Atlas, Saskatchewan Breeding Bird Atlas, Wildlife Canada Services Lewis’ Woodpecker Studies and the Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey. He remains an active birder, completing annual Birds Canada Nightjar Survey, BC and Yukon Owl Survey and Wildlife Canada Services North American Breeding Bird Survey. He is a member of the Wings Over the Rockies Board.. His extensive knowledge of the environment opens up discussion far beyond birds. His walks take in everything from history and geology, to wildlife of all kinds. His interesting anecdotes help the information stick. His introduction to the sounds around you is both amazing and helpful. Brian’s low key leadership style makes participation comfortable for newcomers and experienced nature seekers alike.