Caterpillars for the Birds
Apr 4, 2016

Caterpillars for the Birds

Most nesting birds feed their young protein in the form of insects, especially soft and juicy caterpillars. Some birds are strictly insectivorous, and those are unlikely to visit your seed feeders. A great way to see warblers, vireos, and other such birds is to encourage caterpillars in your garden.
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Plant a tree for the birds: Even a dead tree!
Mar 28, 2016

Plant a tree for the birds: Even a dead tree!

Here's a very affordable way to please birds! Songbirds need perches. If you can find room to plant just one tree, ideally a species native to your area, birds will find your yard to be friendlier and more welcoming, and more will visit you. If you have a tiny yard and no place to plant a tree, or if you have a postage-stamp-sized yard, or only a porch, deck or balcony to offer the birds, "plant" a dead tree! Not a plastic one, but a branch from a real tree—the biggest one you can comfortably fit in the space you have for it.
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How—and Why—to Clean Your Bird Feeders
Mar 21, 2016

How—and Why—to Clean Your Bird Feeders

Although it is rare—even unheard of—for humans to become sick from handling a bird feeder, there is no doubt that microorganisms flourish on their surface. That's why it's important for you to wash your hands after handling your feeders, including after refilling them. Much more of a threat are illnesses and diseases spread among the birds that visit and share feeders. To keep your feeder birds healthy, and to prevent the spread of disease, follow these steps.
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Avian Migration: Wonder of the Natural World
Mar 18, 2016

Avian Migration: Wonder of the Natural World

We've hand-picked a few neotropical migrants to illustrate the amazing capabilities of birds. Imagine that oriole at your feeder, or those swallows in your barn. Those tiny travelers may have been in Nicaragua only a few weeks ago. They'll spend an hour, a day, or several months in your backyard or neighborhood, and then continue on their age-old, cross-continental journey.
Bird Feeding Tip: Try Sunflower Hearts
Mar 17, 2016

Bird Feeding Tip: Try Sunflower Hearts

If I were to pick only one food to offer at my feeding station, it would be sunflower hearts. Yes, they're expensive, but a bag of sunflower hearts (no shells, just the meat of the seed) lasts more than three times as long as a bag of seeds with shells.
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Are Birds Attracted to Peanut Butter?
Mar 14, 2016

Are Birds Attracted to Peanut Butter?

When I was in college, my biology instructor, while showing us how to set live traps for small mammals, referred to peanut butter as "the universal bait." "You can catch anything from an elephant to a shrew with peanut butter," he stated.
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Got a House Finch Surplus?
Mar 7, 2016

Got a House Finch Surplus?

What can you do if you're inundated with house finches, and you'd rather not be? House finches are not the most acrobatic birds, and a few modifications to your feeder can drive them away.
Help Birds in Spring: Supply Nest-building Necessities
Mar 4, 2016

Help Birds in Spring: Supply Nest-building Necessities

Spring is the start of the breeding season for most of our North American birds. They pair up with mates, build nests, lay eggs, raise young, and then some of them repeat the cycle—as many as three times. There are things you can do to help!
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