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  Our House Wrens have fledged. Their nest has been removed and the nest box cleaned. I scrapped as much debris and dust as I could from the nest box and sprayed the interior with a bleach-water mix to kill any lingering insects (bird mites mostly). I also rubbed the inside of the house with Ivory soap, especially the top…

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May 29 Bluebird box update My how baby birds grow fast! Here they are only a week later and look at all those feathers and how much larger they are! With the exception of shorter tail feathers, they look just like the adult wrens now. This will probably be the last we see of these guys. By next week they…

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Introducing the Smith-Gilbert Gardens house wrens. These youngsters are less than a week old and look at those pin feathers already. It’s hard to tell where one nestling ends and where another begins. You can clearly see 3 yellow beaks, but there should be 7 of them. The nestlings will stay put for about 2 or 2 1/2 weeks before…

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May 1, 2017 Written by Cheri Collins The wrens have won the next box, but there is still another surprise. It’s not the more common Carolina Wren, it looks like it’s House Wrens. We are on the very southern edge of their territory. The color of the eggs, the location of the eggs—at the back, and the feathers all lead…

Bluebird box April 10

Written by Education and Events Assistant Cheri Collins April 10, 2017 I thought this week we would have the answer to Bluebird or Chickadee. But no. Now as you can see in the photo there is the pine straw of the bluebirds on the bottom, then there is the moss of the chickadees and now we have twigs from Carolina…

Plant for Pollinators! By Garden Manager Lisa Bartlett Pollinators need your help! They are disappearing in alarming numbers. In fact, the first bee has been added to the endangered species list. There is increasing evidence that many pollinators are in decline.  However, there are some simple things you can do at home to encourage pollinator diversity and abundance. 1) Plant…

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Written by Cheri Collins April 4, 2017 A twist in the SGG bluebird nesting story; it looks like our bluebird nest box has been taken over by Carolina chickadees. Did the bluebirds abandon the nest or did the chickadees show dominance and evict the bluebirds? And who will end up with the box as their home? Even if it is…

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SGG Bluebird Box By Cheri Collins December 13, 2016 Our first bluebird box was installed at Smith-Gilbert Gardens with the help of Jim Bearden, Board Member at Green Meadows Preserve and bluebird trail builder and box monitor there as well. Eastern bluebirds nest in open fields, in boxes that are about 6 feet off the ground. They need a lookout…

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

Written by Garden Manager Lisa Bartlett   spring ephemeral noun any of various woodland wildflowers that appear above ground in early spring, flower and fruit, and die in a short two-month period. That is what makes these spring flowering plants so very special, though they go dormant and don’t really die. Spring ephemerals are some of the first plants to…

A Garden with Wings Butterfly House opens July 25th

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