Guest Blog by Nancy Del Presto
Just want to remind you of our October program which is on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11 at 7pm at the BCA. The program is entitled "Creating a Bird Habitat in Your Backyard".This will be a very informative meeting for all you current as well as future bird watchers, lovers, feeders, etc. Bob Mulvihill is speaking along with his wife. Bob works at the Pittsburgh National Aviary and is very very experienced with our feathery friends. His wife is also a bird lover (naturally) and she worked for many years at our favorite Wild Birds Unlimited.....but the one in Wexford. Additionally we will talk very briefly about our Benefit and the birdhouse contest that we are pairing with this fundraiser. We want to get the buzz going for the contest as well as our newly formatted Benefit. So come on over for some fall treats and wonderful information on how to attract and keep birds in our backyards.
BEFORE the Tuesday meeting, however:
DON'T FORGET--if you are physically able, please join us on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 at 8:30 for cleanup of Beulah Rd and hillside weeding at the BCA. Many hands make light work so please donate at least an hour of your labor, if you can. Meet at the BCA and be part of EJ's ARMY!
ALSO, the BCA is having their FALL FEST on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 starting at 3 pm at the park. This is also newly configured as the BCA board is combining the usual pumpkin carving and family events with the concert in the park, which is usually held in August. This should be a wonderful time with activities to please all age groups. Inclement weather will push the event into the BCA building. The BGC is having a table there for awhile so if anyone is planning on going and can give even 1/2 hour of their time to cover the table, please let me know.
FINALLY, if you are interested, our executive board meeting is at my house at 10am on Monday, October 10. All are welcome!!
HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL AT THESE EVENTS!!!!
With lots of input from our Webby Girl, our Prez, and mostly from my son, Nathan, I've been rearranging and editing copy, links, and pages on our website, and my hope is that it is becoming more functional for our members and friends. Is it?
I really appreciate the content that Anne Messner and Nancy Del Presto have contributed recently, and I would love if more of our membership would send me copy and photos they want to include in this blog (guest post, anyone?), Faves and Finds, Community Events of Interest, and any other pages. I don't know a lot about BGC affairs before I joined, but we have a treasure trove of members who could provide profiles of past members of note, and of BGC history beyond what we've already posted. Would you like to scan and send me any scrapbook pages or photos of cool old BGC stuff?
We received an email recently from a new Blackridge neighbor asking about identifying poison ivy in her yard and about poisonous plants to be aware of for children and pets. I'll address these topics in a future blog post, but I know that our membership has both broad and deep knowledge of plant matters, so if any of you would like to comment on those questions or have any other ideas you'd like to post, please let me know. Thank you!
The page is designed for school kids, but good for all of us, I say!
This native plant is the source of food for monarch butterflies, among other insects, and since we have a butterfly program coming up, and the BGC is planting butterfly plants on the BCA property and park, I thought you might want to glean the basics. Enjoy!
Nancy and I spent some time today installing that second Pinky Winky (finally found one in Zelienople) at Collins and we also moved some Russian sage from McNary (Have you noticed how gorgeous the Pinky Winky there is?) and from the north side of Collins to the south side of Collins--for some symmetry.
Our favorite digging of the day involved the plant shown at left:
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Lemon Daddy'
We planted it on the high side of Forest, and we think it is going to be beautiful there.