Monthly Archives: August 2014

TidalWalk Backyard Bird Watching

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Carolina Wrens, Northern Cardinals, Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, Black Vultures, Mourning Doves, E. Bluebirds, N. Mockingbird, Eastern Starlings, E. Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, House Finches, Red Winged Blackbird, Brown Headed Cowbird, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Belted Kingfisher, Brown-Headed Nuthatch, Golden-Crowned Kinglet, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, and Wood Ducks.

This is a sampling of the birds that have been spotted in TidalWalk. When was the last time you grabbed your binoculars and headed out to see if you could spot any of them? Well now is your chance because we’ve created a TidalWalk Birding Journal for you.

According to the Carolina Bird Club, New Hanover County has over 356 species of birds that have been documented. Of all the classic American pastimes, perhaps none is as widely accessible as watching birds. Spend some time on the Audubon’s website to get some basic tips on starting your bird watching journey including locationsgear and guides. Who knows, if you get really good at identifying birds and becoming an Aviphile, you can participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count coming up in February 13-16, 2015. 

Bird Watching Links
Bird Watcher’s Digest
Audubon Society – Cape Fear Chapter
National Park Service
Audubon Birds Pro Mobile App

Community Building 101

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Strength of community is one of the main reasons people come together and most of us like to be part of a greater good and meaningful life. Yes, you probably know the neighbors on either side of you and wave at most of your block, but do you ever wish you were a little more connected? Here are some great ideas that might get you and your neighbors on a more personable plane.

  1. Throw a Block Party
  2. Hold a Craft or Hobby Show
  3. Host a Walk (Nature, architecture, etc.)
  4. Conduct an Educational Cemetery Tour
  5. Have a BIG Garage Sale
  6. Hold a Pumpkin Painting Contest/Party
  7. Go Christmas Caroling
  8. Hold a Cook-off
  9. Hold a Trivia or Game Night
  10. Host a Treasure Hunt

Some of these activities might require a quick check-in with property management because holding a community event may involve public land or private property. It might also result in traffic and parking issues or decibel levels that could disturb others, so be sure to get their blessing first.