Saturday, May 7, 2016

Oak Hill Cemetery - Habitat Change Inbox


You may have already noticed that land is being cleared on Newburyport's Parker Street between Shepard's Auto Body and Oak Hill Cemetery's compost area.  This parcel has been sold for development.  As of right now, two houses will be constructed close to Parker Street.  There's a high probability that the developer Ed Hill will subdivide said parcel and build an additional two homes pond side. 

I have an effortless request of Oak Hill Cemetery's birders this Spring.  Please forward your sightings to me at: newburyportbirders@comcast.net.  I would like to provide a bird list to the Planning Board and the developer's landscaper, requesting that an assortment of native trees and shrubs be planted on said parcel. 

Douglas Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, explains that "native plants provide nectar for hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. They provide nourishing seeds and irresistible fruits for your feathered neighbors, and they offer places to nest and shelter from harm. They’re also a critical part of the food chain—insects evolved to feed on native plants, and by and large, backyard birds raise their young on insects.  Take the Carolina Chickadee: A single clutch of four to six chicks will gobble up more than 9,000 caterpillars in the 16 days between when they hatch and when they leave the nest.  So thriving insects mean thriving birds."

Thank you & good birding,
Sue

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