Skagit Audubon

Watching birds, protecting habitat, connecting with nature

FROM YOUR EDITOR – December 2019, by Mary Sinker

The brush pile won’t be the most colorful feature in your yard but it may well be one of the busiest places. Easy to build with logs, branches, brush, and garden clippings of all types, the brush pile can be a self-sustaining mini-ecosystem for years to come.  Even a small brush pile tucked away in the corner of the yard or garden is a hive of year-round activity.  Decaying wood releases carbon more slowly than a burning brush pile and also draws insects and potentially nesting Mason Bees.  Birds and other critters are drawn to the insects and the shelter provided within the pile.  Large logs and branches may take years to decay but smaller limbs, brush and leaves will decay quickly so replenishment can occur at any time of the year.  Birds like Towhees and Pacific Wrens may choose to set up housekeeping and raise a family if the pile is off the main path of human activity.  Tracks left in mud or snow can tell you who has visited the pile.  During the Snowmageddon  of Feb., 2019, tracks around and into one of our brush piles revealed the following visitors:  raccoon, skunk, opossum, rabbit, birds and bobcat.  Pile It Up! - Mary


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Skagit Audubon Society holds monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month except for the months of July and August. We meet at 7:00 pm at Padilla Bay Interpretive Center(Google map), 10441 Bayview-Edison Rd. Mount Vernon. Meetings are open to all.

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