Date: 6/8/18 12:14 pm From: pep4223 <pep4223...> Subject: nesting Killdeer, Eastern Meadowlark - Briggs Animal Adoption Center, Jefferson County
The Briggs Animal Adoption Center, Charles Town, WV, joined the Potomac Audubon Society's Grassland Birds Initiative in August 2015. Since then, nearly 11 acres that was previously lawn, was converted to different habitats. Three acres of native showy wildflower fields for pollinators were added to the front of the property. The rear portion of the property was allowed to grow wild, with walking paths mowed to allow volunteers to walk shelter dogs outside. The facility has also received numerous native trees from the Communitree program. Wildlife is starting to come back.
On June 5, while I was planting flower beds with natives for a monarch waystation, I was thrilled to hear the first EASTERN MEADOWLARK I've ever heard on that property. It sang for over one hour, which made me very happy.
A KILLDEER couple also has a scrape nest in the gravel portion of the parking lot that contained 4 eggs. Employees were already protecting it with orange highway cones and signs to keep people away. I'm hoping the nest succeeds, but it is in a busy location. This is the only place in Jefferson County where I am aware of nesting Killdeer, so this made me very happy.
Lesson learned: We can restore native habitat if we try. And try we must.