Feeding Birds & Other Critters in your Garden
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Reasons for Feeding Wild Birds:
As ever-growing human populations use more and more of the land for their own purposes, yards and city parks become important bird habitats. Feeding and watching birds gives families the opportunity to practice conservation right in their own yards. Children can learn and enjoy the wonders of nature right from the kitchen window. Children will be able to observe the hatching of young chicks and learn how many birds help control the insect population.
- Diversified landscaping and feeding stations offer an oasis of resources in the middle of human domain.
Many people will only feed the birds in the winter months, which is when they need it most, however, by feeding throughout the spring and summer months you will attract the migratory birds returning from southern climates. In addition, by feeding in the spring and summer, parenting birds will have easy access to a food source for their young.
- Learn how you can help wild birds survive the cold winter
- Food like seeds, protein rich insects and worms, flies; birds love mosquitoes, spiders, aphids and ants. It is important not to kill all the bugs in your yard as they present an important food source for the birds. However, it is important to control bugs that serve as vectors for diseases, such as mosquitos. Effectively and safely controlling mosquitoes
- Planting native flowers, shrubs and trees will encourage a rich insect life in your yard that will, in turn, provide necessary food for wild birds.
If you want to attract hummingbirds to your garden, this can be accomplished in several ways.
- Hummingbirds enjoy feeding from plants such as honeysuckle, common lilac (with purple flowers), red geraniums, nasturtium, red petunias, red salvia, coral bells, columbine, fuchsia and even scarlet runner beans.
Water: All birds need fresh, clean water made available year round and a bird bath is an important element of attracting wild birds.
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