Special to the OBSERVER
Many things out there that make the world a better place. Kind words, thoughtful gestures, and volunteers in the community are amongst the things that make the world just a little bit nicer. Maybe volunteers are on my mind because of Audubon's recent annual dinner, where we honored volunteers for the amazing job they do to keep things running. Perhaps it was the program at the Warren Garden Club, where dozens of women work hard to keep the city I live in attractive.
Look for hardworking Audubon volunteers picking up garbage along Route 62 on Oct. 5. Call Audubon if you would like to be one of them!
Regardless, there are many things you can do to make the world nicer. One is decorating your yard with birds. Birds transform a yard into a living tapestry of ever changing colors, shapes and sizes. A simple birdfeeder or two is all you need to transform your yard.
Now is the time to start thinking about it for winter. Birds are moving into the area and scouting out all the amazing places to find food for the first couple weeks of October. If your feeder goes up after that, the birds may not notice it. Much like toddlers, birds have amazing memories of where the food is and where to visit. Once the birds know where the good food is for the upcoming winter, they will make that a regular stop on their rounds throughout the coldest season.
That is one of the reasons that Audubon holds a bird seed sale every year at this time. Each year, people in the community pre-order birdseed from Audubon by Sept. 30. Many people order enough seed to get them through the entire winter. Oct. 12 is birdseed pick up day.
Tons of birdseed will be sitting here at Audubon that day to be picked up. Literally. Volunteers will be on hand to load the birdseed into your car, sometimes filling the trunk with sunflower, suet and thistle seeds.
One of my favorites is a special birdseed called Conewango Blend. This mix was designed by local birders to attract a variety of birds without leaving a layer of those little brown seeds on the ground at the end of winter. This special blend is chock full of the black oil sunflower seeds that many birds love, as well as corn millet, safflower and other seeds to attract all sorts of local and interesting birds.
The deadline for the sale is soon, but orders can be placed at www.jamestownaudubon.org or by calling Audubon at 569-2345. The order form is on the website.
I am fortunate to have many neighbors that feed the birds. The birds truly liven up the view outside during the cold winter months.
Another great beautification project coming up is our bi-annual Roadside Clean-up. You may have noticed the signs along the side of Route 62 that a stretch of the road has been "adopted" by Audubon. Twice a year, dedicated volunteers go along the side of the road and pick up amazing amounts of garbage from beside the highway.
More laughing, cheerful faces are always needed to help with our Roadside cleanup. The fall cleanup will happen on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. If interested in helping, call Audubon at 569-2345 and ask for Katie.
If you happen to be driving along Route 62 on Oct. 5 and see a bunch of people picking up garbage along the road and making the world a slightly cleaner, better and more beautiful place, beep and wave to show you appreciate the work our volunteers are doing.
The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is located at 1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown Trails are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to avoid peak mosquito activity. The Center is open from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. daily except Sunday when we open at 1 p.m. In addition to clean-up and birdseed sales, Audubon provides many great programs. Check our website at www.jamestownaudubon.org. for more information
Jeff Tome is Senior Naturalist at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary.