Readers’ corner 6/20/07 |

Readers’ corner 6/20/07

Birds vs. electric fences: This comes from reader Mark Staneart. “I’ve been following the bird stuff in your column, especially the comments suggesting that some of the usual visitors didn’t come around this year.

“We noticed that some species such as the finches, towhees and junkos didn’t appear in their usual numbers during the early spring, but all the usual suspects eventually showed up and nesting activity has been healthy. The pair of pileated woodpeckers which has visited for several years came again.

“Mostly I was moved to the keyboard by your reader who called electrified fences a ‘potential disaster’ for songbirds. She’s using the electricity to keep animals in, while most of us juice the fence to keep predators out, and she apparently doesn’t have the complete package. The ‘hot’ wire should be strung through spacers, which keep it far enough from the grounded wire mesh to prevent the birds from contacting both simultaneously.

“All the retailers who sell the fence equipment sell the spacers. Other potential connections between the hot and the ground, such as grasses and branches, alive or dead, don’t conduct enough voltage to kill even the smallest birds. I’ve had no problem keeping the songbirds around while preventing the coyotes and mountain lions from eating my livestock.”

Want to know more about the Maidu? Join the Nevada County Land Trust Sunday, July 1, at their annual picnic. Enjoy an old fashioned picnic complete with games, raffle, music and barbecue and while members of the local Tsi Akim Maidu Tribe introduce you to their future Interpretive Center.

You can tour their traditional bark house while you hear fascinating facts about their colorful past and share in their vision for their future. Noted geologist David Lawler will also speak. Call the Land Trust at 272-5994 and make your reservations. What a great way to know the Land Trust and the Maidu people.

Nevada City’s Summer Day Camp: This comes from Dawn Zydonis: “Nevada City Parks & Recreation Summer Day Camp program is getting started the week of June 25. There are only four weeks of camp available. Each week has a different theme, such as sports, science or theater and special presenters will provide activities and special programs.

“Camp will take place at Pioneer Park where we will take advantage of the natural amenities to explore nature and be inspired to create masterpieces. Children ages 5-12 are invited to join us. Registration information is available at the Nevada City pool or City Hall. For more information you can call 265-2496 or 265-8223.


Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at, or by fax at 477-4292.

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