Budding gardeners may be budding birders

Budding gardeners may be budding birders
Abigail Maierhoffer and Josie Dinkins use binoculars to identify birds at the Garden Club.
Nickolas Hardman makes a valentine with Jayne Maierhoff.

Nickolas Hardman makes a valentine with Jayne Maierhoff.

Hoping to inspire budding ornithologists, the Garden Club of Jacksonville’s Garden Divas Circle sponsored a Budding Gardeners camp called “Our Fine-Feathered Friends.”

The program, held Feb. 6, offered 14 young participants four learning stations. The outdoor station taught campers how to use binoculars and identify birds. One of three stations inside was nest making, placing dog hair, yarn, Spanish moss and feathers into a mesh bag. At another station, campers made suet cakes and each took home a cage for their suet. The last station was an art project involving a bird-themed Valentine’s card.

The youth were encouraged to participate in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb. 12-15. Presenter Connie Long showed pictures of her favorite backyard birds and shared some of their bird songs and habits.

The Budding Gardeners’ next camp will be Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m. at the Garden Club, sponsored by the San Marco Circle. Campers will learn about butterflies and make a gift for Mother’s Day. For more information, contact Aline Clement at [email protected] or

call (904) 251-3353.

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