As their name suggests, the pine siskin (Carduelis pinus) prefers seeds from pines and other conifers such as hemlock and cedar. They will also eat tree buds and catkins from alders and birches, as well as insects, spiders, and seeds. They love thistle seed and will visit your thistle feeder along with goldfinches.
Environmental Education Specialist
Kelly graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in environmental policy and analysis. Kelly notes: “In one of my classes we took a field trip and a naturalist gave us a tour/walk. I knew right then that I wanted to be a naturalist for the parks.” Kelly worked on The Canal Experience at Providence Metropark, at The Nature Conservancy and for The Olander Park System before joining as Metroparks as a naturalist in 2006. She is also a certified yoga instructor who teaches around the Toledo area. Kelly lives in Monclova Township with her husband and son on 12 acres that they have converted to prairie and oak savanna habitat.