Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The circle of life: baby birds edition

This year a cardinal family built a nest right on the fence between us and our neighbors on the west, in a mass of honeysuckle that we intend(ed) to cut back.

Usually we get one or two bird families nesting in our backyard each season, although mostly it has been wrens.

These birds hatched a couple days ago.

Now they are a seemingly interconnected mass of hungry birds, struggling to stay warm.

-- Certified backyard habitat program, National Wildlife Federation

(We don't have our backyard certified, but we did add a birdbath last fall, and birds drink from it and bathe on a daily basis. We have to be sure to frequently change/clean/refill the water. It goes pretty fast.)

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