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Backyard Birds Attracted to Wildlife Habitat presented by Pat Sutton

Event Type: Natural History Program
Age Group(s): Adult
Date: 12/4/2017
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 7:30 PM

Snow storms, ice storms and other stressful winter weather drives us indoors to crackling fires and mugs of hot chocolate. Birds don’t have that option. Pat Sutton will share many tips on how to help winter birds. She will also share accounts of the many visitors that have been attracted to the South Jersey wildscape that she and her husband have nurtured for over thirty years (in Goshen, Cape May County). They’ve tallied 213 species of birds and 78 species of butterflies in their tiny one-half-acre wildlife oasis. Each season brings new entertainment, like the winter gathering of 138 White-throated Sparrows feeding on millet scattered on the ground or the summer gathering of 83 Leopard Frogs attracted to their two wildlife ponds. Spent hanging baskets left up all winter on the front porch host a pair of Carolina Wrens each freezing-cold winter night, nestled down in the spent petunias – the safest nighttime refuge from the neighbor’s outdoor cats. Spring brings dazzling breeding-plumaged warblers feasting on caterpillars in the Sutton’s woodlot of native trees. Dozens of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds entertain from mid-April until mid-September. Sutton will share many "Backyard Habitat for Wildlife TIPS." Indeed, create a backyard habitat and question each practice as to whether or not it will help or harm wildlife, and birds and other wildlife will come and benefit.

Pat Sutton has keenly studied the natural world for over 30 years (as the naturalist at the Cape May Point State Park in the 1970s and 1980s and for 21 years, until 2007, as the naturalist and program director at the Cape May Bird Observatory). Pat has an undergraduate degree in Literature and a Masters Degree in Environmental Education. She and her husband (Clay Sutton) wrote the landmark book, Birds and Birding at Cape May (2006), the in-depth result of their efforts over many years documenting and protecting the migration and the Cape May area that they so love. Other books by Pat and Clay include How to Spot Butterflies (1999), How to Spot Hawks & Eagles (1996), and How to Spot an Owl (1994). Today Pat is a free-lance writer, naturalist, educator, lecturer, tour leader, and wildlife garden consultant. Her own wildlife garden is a teaching garden included on many tours and featured in programs and workshops she teaches. For more information go to Pat and Clay’s website: www.patandclaysutton.com

Library: Cape May Court House Library
Location: Court House Library Storytime Room
Presenter: Pat Sutton