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Hummingbird Gardening with Native Plants and Identification Classes from Travis Audubon

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  • Trent Miller
    Two hummingbird related classes are being offered by Travis Audubon Society: *Hummingbird Gardening Class* Learn how to make your own garden a haven for
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      Two hummingbird related classes are being offered by Travis Audubon Society:

      Hummingbird Gardening Class
       

      Learn how to make your own garden a haven for hummingbirds by registering for this workshop to be taught by Mark Klym, Coordinator of the Texas Hummingbird Roundup and Texas Wildscapes programs for Texas Parks and Wildlife.  Participants from the past two years have rated this workshop highly.  This class will explore native plants that are hummingbird friendly - their characteristics, needs and culture (maybe even some sources!). Also covered are garden designs and maintenance tips as well as a discussion of hummingbird feeders and their proper use.

      This two-session workshop will be held the evenings of July 12 and 19 (6:30 - 9:00 p.m.) at Tarrytown United Methodist Church .  There will be an optional field trip on the morning of July 21 to a local garden which is noted for its attractive, nature-friendly landscaping.

      Tuition will be $20 for TAS members and $25 for non-members.  Participants will receive a Hummingbird Roundup kit from TPWD as well as other handouts. To register or to learn more, send e-mail to Trent Miller at: trent9719@... or call him at 327-6454.


      Hummingbird Identification Class

      Central Texans have a wealth of hummingbirds visiting us each year.  From our nesting Ruby-throated and Black-chinned Hummingbirds to the elusive visitors like Broad-billed Hummingbirds and Green Violet-ears, central Texas hummingbirds can be a challenge to identify.

      Mark Klym, Coordinator of the Texas Hummingbird Roundup and Texas Wildscapes programs for Texas Parks and Wildlife, will present another of his very highly-rated Hummingbird Identification classes.  The class will introduce the 15 hummingbird species that have been seen in central Texas . Mark will discuss their ranges, habitat, and frequency of occurrence, and will emphasize those characteristics that can be used for effective identification.  Each species will be examined in detail, looking at key diagnostic features, and compared to similar, often confusing species.

      No prior birding experience is necessary.  Participants will receive a Hummingbird Roundup kit from TPWD as well as other handouts.  Mark is also co-author of Hummingbirds of Texas (Texas A&M Press, 2005).  Signed copies of this book will be available for purchase ($25) at class meetings.

      The two-session class will be held the evenings of July 17 and 24, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., at Tarrytown United Methodist Church on Exposition Blvd. Tuition will be $15 for TAS members and $20 for non-members.  To register or to learn more, send e-mail to Trent Miller at: trent9719@... or call him at 327-6454.


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