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Photograph of father and son Pileated Woodpecker by Janine Schutt

Photograph of father and son Pileated Woodpecker by Janine Schutt

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

Bird Friendly Gardens

by Janine Schutt

Spring is on its way! Time to think about gardening: what to plant, who will benefit from it and other considerations for creating and maintaining backyard habitats.

Janine Schutt works as a para-educator for the Central Kitsap School District and as a part-time chaplain for the Department of Corrections. She is a past president of Kitsap Audubon Society and the bird columnist for West Sound Home and Garden magazine. In addition to being an avid birder and photographer, Janine is also an experienced gardener. She plants her gardens with two things in mind: birds and beauty.

In this presentation, Janine will teach us about the importance of creating backyard habitats. She will explore the necessity of planting native vegetation and suggest plant species that attract the most birds. She will also discuss the value of providing natural cover from predators, access to water, nesting cavities, and other ways to make our yards more wildlife friendly.

An expert on hummingbird gardens, Janine will share her knowledge of perennials that serve as easy to maintain hummingbird magnets. She specializes in hardy fuchsias and will share which varieties are most appealing to our nectar loving friends.

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