Re: feral birds and feral trees

To: (John Leonard),
Subject: Re: feral birds and feral trees
From: (Susan Flewelling)
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 1997 09:36:02 -0300
>Further to my story this week about felling the hawthorn in our back-yard:

This is rather non-birding-aus related but I can't keep quiet all the time. 

We have much the same condition here although in most areas of the Atlantic
region it isn't a problem - our introduced problem is purple loosestrife
which is destroying our wetlands at an alarming rate.

However, to attract birds to our backyards, planting native trees and shrubs
is the answer here as well but with our climate and all the birds
introduced, its hard to draw the line anymore - starlings show up at my
feeders and everywhere else no matter what. And our winters are so harsh
that any non-native trees, unless very hardy, just do not survive.  

It was interesting to note, though, that with all the differences in our
wildlife and habitat, we share many problems.

Fredericton, NB, Canada

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