Gillian Martin

Will Jeri Lewis inspire you?

Will Jeri Lewis inspire you?

Wherever she lives, Jeri Lewis takes her passion for conservation with her.  Our Wildlife Tree signs mark her movement from Arizona to southern and now the central coast of California.  Imagine her good fortune!  The oak studded hills of Arroyo Grande are her back yard!  But to Jeri, good fortune is also opportunity.  She has […]

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A young birder comforts dogs with stories about birds and discovers another need

A young birder comforts dogs with stories about birds and discovers another need

We never know what little ray of hope may show up at our booth when we participate in an outdoor nature event.   Recently at Riley Park in Orange County, California one appeared in the eager, smiling face of Lara, a 5th grader.  She’s kept in touch ever since.  Here’s a photo of her in […]

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A young man continues to help birds

A young man continues to help birds

Give your heart a lift by learning about young Dessi Sieburth, resident of Southern California.   We last wrote about him in 2015.  He is now fifteen and we felt it time for an update, particularly since he has just published an article about his work. Open this link to read it: http://losangelesaudubon.org/western-tanager-section/volume-84-category/vol-84-no-2-nov-dec-2017/young-birders-the-western-bluebird-conservation-project  These photos bare […]

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Outhouses trap owls!   Here’s the foul story.

Outhouses trap owls! Here’s the foul story.

Some human structures provide birds with enticing places to conceal their nests.  Unfortunately tree-hole nesting birds that have historically raised their families in cavities in dead trees are drawn to round, cylinder-type structures on rooftops or embedded upright in the ground.  These places are deadly to birds.  By steadily removing dead trees from the landscape […]

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How to doom a Robin’s nestlings without trying

How to doom a Robin’s nestlings without trying

The answer to this question has recently been learned (or possibly re-learned) by Artistic Maintenance of El Toro, California.  Its client, the Homeowner’s Association of Saint Michel of Newport Coast, and their property management company, First Service Residential, can likely now provide the answer as well.  In mid-July, two active bird nests were lost to […]

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Unravelling a mystery in a woodpecker’s cavity

Unravelling a mystery in a woodpecker’s cavity

When photographer, Peggy Honda, recently sent us this photo of a Downy nestling we found it startling!  Look closely!  The countless specks on the tree and inside the cavity are ants! Naturally we became anxious.  Earlier photos Peggy sent us confirm that the ants were not present when their parents first occupied the cavity (at least not […]

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Wildlife-trained Tree Care Workers act as First Responders for Baby Hawks

Wildlife-trained Tree Care Workers act as First Responders for Baby Hawks

Not all first responders show up to handle emergencies with flashing lights, blaring sirens and recognizable badges.  Some are simple men in orange shirts and helmets like West Coast Arborists’ Foreman, Francisco Villanueva, and his crew.  On May 24 they were called to McClatchy Park in Sacramento, California, to remove a fallen elm, but then unexpectedly […]

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An inspiring and conscience-driven book for gardeners and nurseries

An inspiring and conscience-driven book for gardeners and nurseries

I have started and stopped and started again to write a review deserving of the accomplishment of Charlotte Adelman and Bernard L. Schwartz’s book Midwestern Native Shrubs and Trees, gardening alternatives to non-native species, an illustrated guide. The authors deliver much more than the title promises. Biodiversity: The Impact of the Every-Day Gardener could have […]

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Follow Betsy Leibson’s bubble that does not burst!

Follow Betsy Leibson’s bubble that does not burst!

Often when our Wildlife Tree signs are shipped out of California we get something wonderful in return from those that installed them!  A story about another exceptional person who is doing mountains more than preserving dead trees.  Meet Betsy Leibson, founder of  Friends of the Green Bay Trail in Glencoe, Illinois.  The restoration has focused […]

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One old tree.  Two new families.

One old tree. Two new families.

Let’s appreciate birds for yet another reason.  For reminding us that a dead tree is a place where life begins! A few years ago, Orange County Parks’ Supervising Park Ranger, Adam Shuck, approved this tree (among others) for retention in his park.  This week, while on a field trip with Sea and Sage Audubon, birdwatcher […]

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