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Help Nurture a Love of Nature with Backyard Bird-feeding Tips
Families, Pets
Help Nurture a Love of Nature with Backyard Bird-feeding Tips

 

(Welcome to our weekly pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Parents and children enjoy spending quality time together, but it's not always easy to find shared interests. The backyard, however, can provide the perfect place for generations to meet when parents help kids learn the delights of bird-watching and bird-feeding.

Interacting with backyard birds benefits children on many levels, including teaching them the responsibility of caring for other living things to nurturing their appreciation of nature. Winter is the perfect times to introduce kids to backyard bird care; as food sources dwindle in their natural habitat, birds will frequent a backyard where feeders serve up seed and suet daily.

The wild bird experts at Cole's Wild Bird Products offer some guidance for families launching bird-feeding lessons:

Feeder facts

Different bird species like different types of feeders, but some styles, such as tube feeders, will attract a large variety of birds. Basic bird feeder styles include:

Tube - Best for serving seed, tube feeders keep the contents clean and dry, providing birds with access to the food through feeding ports. They're great all-purpose feeders and will attract the most variety of songbirds. It's important to clean tube feeders regularly, so choose a model that's easy to clean. 

Bowl feeders - If separating seeds into different feeders gets too complicated, bowl feeders can be an all-in, easy solution. Options like Cole's Bountiful Bowl Feeder can accommodate a variety of feed types, from seed and suet to mealworms, fruits and nuts. Bowl feeders are especially good starter feeders for children since they are easy to fill and clean.

Suet feeders - During cold winter months, suet is an essential source of energy for birds. Suet feeders can range from a simple mesh onion bag to a wire or plastic mesh box that affixes to a tree or post. Woodpeckers, warblers, nuthatches, titmice, jays and chickadees love suet.

Whatever styles of feeder you choose - and a mix is ideal - be sure to select feeders that are sturdy enough to withstand winter weather and unwanted visitors, like squirrels. They should be tight enough to keep seeds dry, and easy to disassemble for cleaning. Most importantly, keep them maintained and stocked - if you neglect to feed them, birds will go elsewhere.

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