Sherry Nickolaus from the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies will be the presenter at the monthly Broomfield Bird Club Zoom meeting on Tuesday. The meeting is scheduled for 7 pm Go to BroomfieldBirdClub.com to get the Zoom link.
Nickolaus is scheduled to talk about creating a safe environment for you to put up your bird feeders and some of the do’s and don’ts you can be aware of when it comes to feeding birds. For instance, my mother always put out pieces of white bread and I would put out potato chip crumbs. As white bread and potato chips are not healthy for us, but they can be deadly for birds and wildlife as their digestive system cannot handle the chemicals present in these foods, and the foods will swell up and block the digestive systems in birds, resulting in death.
Another item of concern is poison and pesticides. The mouse poisoning I put out causes the mouse to bleed internally and die. Little did I know the mother owls will hunt and catch these slow moving mice, feeding it to their owlets which causes them to bleed internally. I now use electric mouse traps run by batteries. They will kill the mouse in 3 seconds, which is much more humane than sticky traps. Also, don’t trap squirrels and mice and drop them off at a field. There are plenty of squirrels and mice in the field, and they end up in the yards of bordering homes.
Free ranging cats kill up to four billion birds annually in the United States. I was guilty of letting my cat out, which by the way, shortens a cat’s life span by 11 to 15 years. because of contacting leukemia from feral cats, cruelty and death from cars. Keep them inside or build an outside Catio or cat enclosure.
Nicholas will also discuss how to joyfully promote an environment for safely feeding birds by providing food, water and shelter.
Nickolaus is the education director at the Brighton Bird Conservancy of the Rockies office. She has a bachelor’s degree in wildlife science from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in conservation biology from Miami University. Nickolaus, who enjoys working with animals and children, thrives on helping the community connect with birds and nature.
Broomfield Bird Club is a social club, open to anyone interested in finding out more about birds and their habitats. We are completely an all volunteer board and registered as a nonprofit organization. Annual dues are $20 per family, which is used mostly for speakers and to support bird-related local rehabs. Presentations are held every second Tuesday of the month with exceptions, and bird walks every second Saturday of the month, plus intermittent bird walks whenever someone would like to lead.
For more information, visit broomfieldbirdclub.com.