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Pining for Birds
Posted on : March 30, 2015

Pining for Birds
Arcadian Adventure
8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, May 9


Join ornithologist Cliff Shackelford and horticulturist Greg Grant on a bird and nature walk as they hike through Greg’s beloved backyard Rebel Eloy Emanis Pine Savanna and Bird Sanctuary in rural Shelby County. Using annual control burns, regular thinning, and standing snags, Greg maintains this 22 year old, eight acre stand of loblolly pines as a habitat for cavity dwelling birds and pine savanna wildlife and named it for his outdoor loving grandfather who formerly owned the property. Plan to see brown-headed nuthatches, pine warblers, eastern bluebirds, tufted titmice, Carolina chickadees, Carolina wrens, eastern phoebes, and an assortment of woodpeckers. Prepare to hike approximately one mile on dirt trails and wear comfortable shoes. Transportation is provided and will leave from the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Center at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center (2900 Raguet). Group size will be limited. $30 for SFA Gardens members. $35 for non-members. For reservations contact [email protected] or call (936) 468-1832.

Written by Greg Grant

Greg Grant is an award-winning horticulturist, conservationist, photographer, and writer from Arcadia, Texas. Each month he writes an article for The Arbor Gate Blog where he is given free range to write about any topic that interests him. During the week, he is the Smith County horticulturist in Tyler for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and on the weekends, he and his wife tend Greg’s grandparents’ old farmhouse, his Rebel Eloy Emanis Pine Savanna and Bird Sanctuary, a flock of laying hens, four terriers, one German shepherd, and three cats.

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Greg Grant |

The highlight of this tour was buddy Cliff Shackelford spotting an Eastern Bluebird nesting in a natural (dead pine) cavity. It's nice to know they still know how to do this. Purple martins don't. Cliff wrote it up for the latest Texas Bluebird Society newsletter (texasbluebirdsociety.org).