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August 2010 • Edition 10.31

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Manager's Corner

Bringing Birds to Your Backyard Paradise

Attract birds such as finches, jays, cardinals, sparrows, chickadees, and titmice.

Provide food. One of the easiest ways is to buy feeders and seed, but you can also plant trees and shrubs to attract birds. Do research. Shrubs, annuals, perennials, native and cultivated plants can all be used to attract birds.

Bird Feeders

Tube Feeders

These feeders are made up of clear plastic, sometimes glass, which are covered in perches, a protective metal mesh. Tube feeders are designed to allow more birds to feed from them at one time. Tube feeders keep seeds reasonably clean and dry.

Hopper Feeders

Hopper feeders are generally house shaped. They generally come in wood and plastic with multiple sides and a roof. The roof is great for protecting the seed from weather damage. These feeders can be large enough to hold a huge quantity of seed.

Offer shelter. If you are planning on building nesting boxes, take note that boxes with different holes, shapes, and orientations will attract different species. Make sure that your nest box has adequate ventilation, and is supplied with a "baffle" and reinforcement ring at the opening that will prevent predators from entering. You can also provide nesting material such as string, hair, straw, pet fur or other fibers. Don't put it right next to a feeder, as the hustle and bustle there can discourage birds from using the shelter to nest.

Create a water source. Birds are attracted to the sound of dripping or moving water. You can buy a birdbath or create a shallow pond with a fountain. If you're short on time or resources, you can hang a water-filled container with a hole on the bottom above a dish.


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