About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
To contribute, email me at bloubird@gmail.com.

Monday, January 31, 2011

February is National Bird Feeding Month!

Congressman John Porter (R-IL) read a resolution into the Congressional Record on February 23, 1994 proclaiming February as National Bird-Feeding Month. Consider that the average wild bird weighs less than two nickels and you’ll realize that winter can be a very punishing time for your backyard friends and February is one of the most difficult months in much of the U.S. for birds to survive in the wild.

Feeding wild birds in the backyard is an easy hobby to start, and can be as simple as putting up a feeder that sticks to the window. For many people, the hobby progresses from there. They discover the relationship between the type and location of feeders, and the seed offered in them, and the number and varieties of birds attracted.

It provides a needed stress relief and brings families together. The resolution noted that one-third of the adult population already feeds wild birds in their backyards. Feeding backyard songbirds is the most popular wildlife-related recreational activity around the home. It brings a welcome flash of color, dash of motion and splash of sound into the backyard, particularly during long Michigan winters.

Come in to Wild Birds Unlimited® and let us help you discover a Refuge In Your Own Backyard®.

And don't forget the Great Backyard Bird Count in February. Click click HERE to learn how to participate.

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