Friends of the Arboretum Lecture

Part of the News and Observer Birdhouse Competition

"Dead Wood is Good: How to Attract Cavity Nesting Birds to Your Yard"
Becky Desjardins, Wake Audubon and Bird Collection Manager, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

  • Thursday, March 20, 2008 – 7:30 pm9:00 pm

That dying tree in your yard that sheds branches everywhere is great bird habitat. Many species of birds build nests in tree cavities. Find out which birds are the carpenters of the forest and who uses the homes they build. Becky will discuss the challenges cavity nesting birds face and how we can help them. Finally, she'll talk about grubs, bugs, and building the perfect brush pile and why you should do it.

Becky Desjardins began birding as a young girl when her parents would bribe her and her brother to look for birds on long family car trips. While in school at Guilford College, she discovered the world of bird field research. After graduation in 1995, she worked doing seasonal research jobs throughout the western United States. Becky was hired as the research technician at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh in 1998 and in 2005 became their bird collection manager. She is also on the board of Wake Audubon.

Advance registration is not available.
Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Please call (919) 513-7005 for more information about this lecture.