Sending thanks to Nancy Nelson and Dan Fender for starting our recent Teacher Transport Fund Challenge — we have more than doubled their lead gift thanks to the following generous supporters:
Helen and Greg Homer
Alison and Michael Olivieri
Recently, the teachers are working far afield, bringing the Detectives de Aves course to students in La Casona, Agua Buena, Chanengua and other remote locations. Most are without cars so we rely on busses, taxis and willing drivers to get them where they need to go.
The Transport Fund is an enormous help with the rising costs of fares and gas! We can’t possibly thank Nancy and Dan enough for their far- sighted and successful Challenge.
It’s past time for another bird walk. I was hoping someone who is actually a good birder would be around to lead, but it looks like there’s just me 🙂 So, if you like to get together, enjoy the beautiful gardens, some, hopefully, interesting company, and try to figure out together what birds we are seeing, please join me at 7:30 in front of the Recepción. As usual, a small or large breakfast will be available, as well as binoculars for those who need them. If your planning to come, please fill out THIS form so I can let the staff at the gardens know.
Nos falta mucho una caminata juntos para ver aves. Desgraciadamente, el único guía disponible es yo 🙂 Pues, si quisiera disfrutar del jardín, las aves, los compañeros e intentar determinar juntos cuales especies vemos, por favor venga a la recepción a las 7:30 este domingo. Habrá disponible un desayuno grande o pequeño si haya interés, y binoculares también. Si intenta venir, por favor llena ESTE formulario para que puedo avisar el jardín. ¡Gracias!
Este sábado la finca Cántaros sigue con el Sábado Artesano, un espacio que pretende apoyar la economía local artesanal del cantón. Esta vez habrá la exposición de la artesana Edith Lopez, quien realiza bisutería con semillas recolectadas en el bosque, de una manera respetuosa con los recursos naturales. Ella estará en la entrada de la Finca este sábado en horario de atención al público de 9 am a 3 pm.
This Saturday Finca Cántaros continues with its new initiative “Artisan Saturdays,” an activity that supports the local craft economy in our region. The featured artist this week is Edith Lopez, who makes jewelry with seeds collected from the forest in keeping with a philosophy that respects our natural resources. She will be at the entrance of Finca Cántaros this Saturday during our visitor hours from 9am to 3pm.
My pleasure to meet SVBC members as I am a recent International Member with plans to migrate to San Vito in Spring 2023 with a month-long visit in Aug/Sep 2022. While I’ve been birding for decades, I remain a novice. Since I live on the Houston Ship Channel, shorebirds are a constant. However I looked at the migration patterns and see that Red-winged Blackbirds’ range is to Panama.
Each morning the pup and I watch the chest-bumping patches of red signal dominance for the feeder. One chirps from a nearby shrub and then swoops in — wings back, chest out — and creates space and dominance — if not but for a seed or two. As seed protection, feeder sensitivity is set to to allow two Red-wings at once (finches up to four). Each grabs a seed, hops to the left, cracks seed, dumps hull, and enjoys the effort. “Conk-la-ree!”
Red-wings are ubiquitous on Texas coastal plains. Some flocks register in the tens of thousands. Red-wings were the first wild bird I learned to identify. Maybe that’s why red, black and yellow remain my favorite colors.
Small bits, brief memories, filling our lives with joy — we all have these! Let us share them, from us to you and you back to us.
We’ll start: every day I walk my small dog and need a sturdy bamboo stick for balance (plus sunglasses, phone and keys). By the time binoculars and, worse, a camera are added it becomes completely unmanageable so the equipment is left at home.
I hear birds all around and see movement everywhere but am forced to concentrate on my steps to stay upright so it can become a vexation.
But suddenly the little dog will stop and spend minutes inspecting one or two blades of grass during which I can look around and this is when the Tiny Moment might happen.
The other day, two Yellow-bellied Elaenias popped onto a nearby wire fence and began to dance, each showing the other both their sides with fully poofed-up crests.
They make a noisy, vomitous call and thus are more often heard than seen. Needless to say this was new, thrilling and an out-of-myself moment — we all live for these!
Please send us one of yours (with photos if you’d like) to me: email@example.com or Greg Homer: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join us this Sunday at 7 AM at the Wilson Botanical Gardens for a bird walk. The upside of the rainy weather is that everything is now incredibly lush and green and the gardens will be spectacular. Pretty much all of the migrants are gone now, or should be, even the last, stubborn Swainson’s Thrushes, but there are lots of residents to enjoy still. A small and large breakfast will be available after the walk for $5 and $8 respectively. Please fill out THIS form if you are planning to have breakfast. I hope to see you there!
Por favor júntese con nosotros el próximo domingo 8 de mayo al jardín botánico Wilson para una caminata para ver aves. Un aspecto provechoso de la lluvia es que ahorita todo luce muy verde y resplendente en el jardín. Casi todos los migrantes ya se fueron, incluso los últimos Swainson’s Thrushes muy jupones, pero hay muchos residentes para disfrutar aún. Habrá un desayuno pequeño o grande disponible después de la caminata para $5 o $8 respectivamente. Por favor llene ESTE formulario si quisiera un desayuno. ¡Ojalá que nos vemos entonces!