Help birds during these chilly months
Everyone needs a little extra help come the holidays and the rest of the winter.
That includes the birds in your yard!
1. Fill your bird feeder with high-energy food
Great options include peanuts, peanut butter, sunflower chips, dried fruits, dried berries and suet.
2. Keep your feeder full & refill it late in the day
It’s hard to forage for food when it's dark out. Give birds access to full feeders just before sunset to help keep them full.
3. Add a ground feeder
There are quite a few species that prefer to feed on the ground such as doves, thrashers, robins, and wrens.
4. Provide clean, fresh water
Provide fresh water for hydration. In extremely cold weather, consider a heated bird bath.
5. Clean snow & ice off feeders
Brush snow and ice off your feeders during and after storms to keep the food accessible.
6. Leave leaves in your backyard alone
Create a leaf litter haven by not raking away fallen leaves as it disrupts the birds’ food chain.
7. Provide shelter
Build a simple stick pile in the corner of your yard and put up roosting boxes for birds to use.
8. Mark window surfaces
Affix window decals to prevent collisions in shorter daylight, safeguarding birds from window strikes and injuries.