Join us at The Hummingbird Habitat, Chandler, Second Saturdays

Desert Rivers Audubon continues a second year in the Hummingbird Habitat at Desert Breeze Park, 660 N. Desert Breeze Parkway, Chandler, as part of the City of Chandler Park & Recreation Department’s Adopt-a-Park program.

Volunteers with Joe Tyler’s sculpture at the Hummingbird Habitat at desert Breeze Park, a Recognized Bird Habitat.

Every second Saturday of the month, volunteers gather to tend the Hummingbird Habitat (contact Anne Koch, Volunteer Coordinator, for seasonal morning hours, atredray@yahoo.com). Our next date at the Habitat is Saturday, October 13, 2012, 8-10am.

The Hummingbird Habitat, established in 1999 from a water retention area in the back corner of Desert Breeze Park, was designed by Landscape Architect Dennis Peltz. It features art installations by Joe Tyler and the Chandler High School ceramics class.

Desert Rivers Audubon volunteers, recognized by the City of Chandler for donating

Victor Peterson (r) instructs Ryan in proper pruning technique to keep branches out of the Habitat pathway. The Hummingbird Habitat is Ryan’s national Junior Honor Society project.

over 100 hours of work in the habitat in one year, replace specimen plants, weed, water, prune and mulch this small walled garden. Long-time as well as volunteers completely new to Desert Rivers have taken over tree trimming from the city in order to promote a shade canopy attractive to birds. Volunteers also harvest and reuse mulch in the habitat to promote Abert’s Towhee habitat as well as restore nutrients to the soil and prevent irrigation evaporation. The Hummingbird Habitat is part of Desert Rivers Audubon’s Bird Habitat Recognition program.

Desert Rivers Audubon is seeking donations of native wildflower seeds.

A key bird-friendly garden on the Tour de Bird October 27, 2012, volunteers will add more hummingbird-attracting plants as well as seed wildflowers for spring blooms this fall in the Habitat. Donations of Chuparosa, Desert Milkweed, Wooly Butterfly Bush (Buddleta marrubifola) and wildflower seeds from Desert Marigold, Penstemon species, Desert Bluebell, California/Mexican/Arizona Poppies and Desert Lupine would be appreciated. Contact Krys Hammers, krys.hammers@cox.net , to arrange delivery.

Desert Rivers Recognized Bird Habitat Program

Fairy Duster attracts hummingbirds

If you have a backyard, park, schoolyard, or business landscape that is planted with native and low-water use plants, you are providing a good habitat to attract birds.

Desert Rivers Audubon wants to recognize you for your efforts.  Maybe it should be lack of efforts, since we recommend that you don’t overly trim or prune your desert plants. Since grass lawns are not recommended, you also don’t have to mow.  We want you to spend more time enjoying the wildlife in your habitat, instead of tending it.

Birds look in your habitat for shelter, food and water.   Native plants such as Chuparosa and Fairy Dusters not only attract hummingbirds and butterflies, but grow into lush shrubs and bloom year-round.  Palo Verde trees produce those colorful yellow blooms in the spring, stay green year-round, and provide shade in summer.  A small gray yellow-headed bird called a Verdin loves to nest and hang out in Palo Verdes.  Woodpeckers and Peach-faced Lovebirds live in holes in the saguaro cactus.   It doesn’t hurt our special native cactus and provides an insulated abode for these colorful and interesting birds.  It produces sweet blooms that attract Hummingbirds and insects that are yummy snack for most birds.  Not only do these plants attract birds, they use less water.  This means more water is available for our native riparian areas.

To be recognized for your habitat, visit our website. For a donation of $25 or more, you will receive an attractive 8×12 metal sign and proudly display in your habitat. 

With a recognized habitat that attracts birds at your park, school or business, contact our Education Director about doing a lunchtime program for you.  We can bring loaner binoculars and educate your employees, customers, or students about the birds in your habitat.