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your own backyard. I told my mom, this would be a great job. If I ever get the opportunity to do my own business this is what I want to do. PCT: What is your favorite thing about your job? NEWKIRK: My customers! I have the best customers; “birders” are just happy people. When they are shopping for their little feathered friends they are in a good mood and so excited to see the great selection we have to offer. Many of our products are made right here in the U.S. and some are even made right here in Texas. PCT: What have you learned in pursuing this field? NEWKIRK: All bird seed is not created equally. Quality seed contains only ingredients that will be consumed by common backyard birds. This means no cheap fillers, only premium grains. Birds will throw out fillers (milo, oats, and wheat) to get to those few grains they treasure. If you think your birds are eating a lot of seed, check the ground around your feeders. If there is a lot of unshelled seed on the ground, you probably need to change to a better seed. Better seed means better birds, meaning more color, like the vivid Painted Bunting. Also, all of our seed has an expiration date. Birds will not eat old seed. Typically, the seed you buy at the big box stores is not identified with an expiration date; you really don’t know how old that seed is. PCT: What advice can you give others who may want to follow in your footsteps? NEWKIRK: Business ownership is not for the faint of heart. It was not easy getting here, but it is definitely worth the effort. Pray for guidance. If it’s not where God wants you, be prepared to hear that, too. I look forward to coming to work. Find something you love to do and you will never “work” a day in your life. PCT: What is the best piece of advice you can give customers? NEWKIRK: Don’t be afraid to add PCT: What is something that others don’t know about you or your job? NEWKIRK: Oh my, that could be a dangerous question. I graduated from Millsap High School. I was in Rodeo Club, and since we did not own a horse I decided to steer ride, and I even rode a bull in an all-girl rodeo. My parents never knew; they would have fainted! PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY 817-594-5471 PCT: What is the most interesting thing you have ever seen in your field? NEWKIRK: Hmm, I hope I haven’t seen it yet. But so far it has to be the amazing hummingbird. They are so fascinating to watch and so resilient to be so small. NOVEMBER 2016 BASKETBALL scholarship recipient different styles of feeders and a variety of seed. Be aware that when you make a change or add a feeder it may take a few weeks before the birds start to visit that feeder, but by doing so you draw in different birds than you have had before. Add a bird bath; all birds need water, even those that don’t eat seed. 51