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2013-01-24

CNC to offer bird, gardening workshops next month

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During February, volunteers and staff at the Cibolo Nature Center will offer programs for people interested in birdlife and successfully growing vegetables.
Volunteer citizen scientists will learn to monitor bird nest boxes this spring at the CNC and Boerne Lake. Bird box monitoring brings humans into intimate contact with wild birds. Birder Dick Park will lead a Bird Box Monitor Training Workshop from 10 am to noon, Thursday, Feb. 7, in the CNC auditorium.
Monitors will learn to identify birds based on nest structure, how to count and scientifically document egg and hatchling numbers, and ways to predict hatch dates and fledge dates. The training also is helpful for landowners reporting conservation activities for their wildlife property-tax valuations. A $7 donation is suggested. For more information, visit Cibolo.org/calendar.
Birders and aspiring birders are invited to join Ron Hood and Boerne Birders for the CNC Great Backyard Bird Count from 8 am to 10 am, Saturday, Feb. 16. The friendly Boerne Birders lead the CNC's participation in this free annual event.
Participants will look for birds in a 100-acre natural area that includes marsh, prairie, woodlands and Cibolo Creek. A joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, with partner Bird Studies Canada, the now-worldwide bird count collects scientific data to further the knowledge of birds.
Keith Amelung will cover every aspect of natural vegetable gardening during a Spring Vegetable Gardening Workshop from 6 pm to 8 pm, Thursday, Feb. 21. Topics will include site selection, soil preparation, seed planting, irrigation, pest control and more. Hands-on demonstrations will cover different soil mixes and vegetables, and participants will plant seeds to take home and nurture for future transplanting. The workshop costs $20, $15 for CNC members. Register online at Cibolo.org/calendar.
Learn the techniques that have resulted in more than 190 species of birds recorded on a single property during "Attracting Birds: Feeders, Food, Water Features and Plants," slated for 9 am until noon Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Old Daley Ranch near Boerne.
Ranch owner Dick Parkwill demonstrate how he attracts nesting, migrating and wintering birds to his land.
After a presentation and discussion, participants will view examples of habitat enhancement, including recommended bird feeders, water features and nest boxes. Participants will meet at the Cibolo Nature Center parking lot and carpool to the ranch. The workshop costs $25, $20 for CNC members. Register online at Cibolo.org/calendar.
The Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne is located on 162 acres of natural lands at Boerne City Park off Highway 46 just west of the Kendall County Fairgrounds. Call 830-249-4616 or visit www.cibolo.org.