By Anne Chase and Joe Howard
Collington is blessed with a large campus much of which is forest, wild and cultivated bushes, shrubs, a large open field, ponds, and streams. In other words, a unique parkland in a metropolitan area. The wildlife and especially bird life is abundant.
Early September 2020, Joe Howard suggested to Mike Burke that we should establish an informal “Bird Discussion Group” by e-mail. Mike, who is a bird expert, agreed and a new group was enthusiastically formed on the “Collington Discussion Group” with a membership now over 40 residents.
(Photo by Bud Gardiner)
Mike and Anne Chase have collaborated on a survey asking members about their interests. Following is a selected brief summary.
- Over four-fifths of the group expressed interest in (1) learning to identify birds (2) learning about bird behavior and (3) improving their understanding of the natural world.
- Backyard birders favored three items: (1) learn which plants birds love (2) learn what bird food attracts each species (3) learn how to deal with unwanted guests.
- Most were interested in birding locations within 30 minutes of Collington, and in locations in the Delaware, Maryland, Virginia area.
- Also of interest was information regarding birding websites, birding apps, and bird ID guides.
Stay tuned for future lectures, movies, campus bird walks and posts regarding bird facts and interesting sitings here at Collington.
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