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Birds of El Paso County

The Heat is On!


Doug Harling

Your birdbaths are a popular place during the summer heat. It's important to keep them cleaned and to fill them daily with fresh clean water. See Birds of El Paso County feature by Fountain Valley's own bird whisperer Doug Harling offers tips on taking care of our feathered friends and other critters during the scorching heat of summer.

Well, it's been a week of record-breaking heat. The wildlife and birds need you more than ever right now. Water, water, water! I can't stress enough about the need for water. One of my columns last winter was about the need for water in the winter months. The need for humans to provide water is necessary in summer and in winter it is even more critical to pay attention to water sources for the birds. Water is more important than food on harsh cold days and brutally hot days. Shade is the other critical need for the wildlife in the intense heat.

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