The green of day, the cool rainy nights, and the song of birds. Spring really is the time when stars fill our eyes, and I myself am guilty of taking part in the blissfulness of Spring, even though I constantly caution myself as to what it may bring. This year it seems to be bringing birds!
After spending a lengthy amount of time the other day trying to free a robin that had made its way into our Grounds Shop, which we eventually freed, and employees working hard to protect Mallard nests, Killdeer nests, and Dove nests on campus. Protecting them with flags, cones, and even just a watchful eye ensuring they survive the passing lawn mower, the clumsy student, or the curious and mischievous pedestrian.
We are also preparing our selves for the inevitable call, a bird stuck in a building on campus. We usually get this call a few times each spring, and we are usually successful after much trial and error, but we have a new technique this year I think will make the process much safer and even more successful!
While I am on the subject of birds, I would encourage you to check out Christina's Blog here. She is a serious birder that works in the bookstore, and we have chatted through e-mail quite frequently about birds on campus. Lucky for her, her building faces a field, over 100 acres in fact, that we have been allowing to grow the last couple of years. Since we have "neglected" to mow down this field, we see a lot of birds and wildlife returning to the area. I am hoping that one day my Bobwhite friend will return that has not been around for the last few years, I really miss her call.
Hopefully you will be inspired by Christina's Blog as I was, and get outside campus, and just keep your eyes peeled for some of the wildlife emerging and returning!