Thanks to everyone who made this Annual Meeting such a great success. A special thanks to John Ruthven, renowned wildlife artist, who shared remarkable stories of his adventures in birding.
November 16th – Huge tree planting at Todd’s Fork Preserve – This is the long hall! We have three-hundred trees to put in the ground (black walnuts for the bottom land, flowering trees, American plums!) Feel free to stop by at any point in the day and lend a hand. We’d love to see you.
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
If you have questions or would like more information, contact Anna at anna@CardinalLandConservancy.org
I Live in a Hole!
While on a walk this week, I happened upon a tufted titmouse making loud noises outside of a newly constructed cavity in a standing dead tree or snag. One titmouse was in the hole and one was outside. All of a sudden, a downy woodpecker flew up and landed on the hole and began pecking at the titmice until they flew away. The downy woodpecker was puffing out its feathers, spreading its wings and chirping loudly, proudly defending its home. Within a minute, there were bluebirds, chickadees, a hairy woodpecker, a red-bellied woodpecker and a white-breasted nuthatch all within 10 feet – trying to get a front row seat to the battle. I was so intrigued, that I wanted to research a bit more and share what I found. All of these birds are cavity nesters and they forage in guilds during the winter months with all the species listed above.
Building Pretty Ditches to Manage Excess Rainfall
Consider pretty ditches to handle excess rainfall. In our changing climate, water can be an asset and a liability. I prefer the former and by utilizing Rain Gardens and Bioswales, we can all look forward to the next heavy rain.
Learn more about Bioswales and Rain Gardens
Land Trust Alliance Accreditation
Clermont County Public Library Bee Hotel Workshop
Cardinal Staff worked with Clermont County’s Miami township and Union township library staff to offer bee hotel-building workshops to over 50 families. Library card holders of all ages came out to learn about the solitary bees living in their backyards and build habitat for them.
Unlike European honey bees, solitary bees do not live in colonies. Instead, they build individual cells. 90% of bees are solitary and they are as diverse as they are numerous. They make nests in a wide variety of materials as well. Some species nest in uncovered soil, some in dried reeds or grasses. Their habitat is important because these bees are more effective pollinators than European honey bees and because their habitat is in short supply. So, attendees of this workshop learned about these hard-working creatures, and left with their own bee hotels, ready to make their yards or apartments awnings, or condo decks more pollinator-friendly. For more information about scheduling your own bee hotel workshop, contact Anna at email@example.com .
Cardinal’s newsletter, The Conservator, is published in the Spring and in the Fall. Browse back-issues here!