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National Bird Feeding Month

Ferbruary is National Bird Feeding Month

Consider the following:
• A typical backyard bird weighs less than two nickels,

• Birds spend most of their waking hours searching for food,
• In below-freezing temperatures, snow is the only “water” birds may find.
• Birds can use up to 15 percent of their body weight overnight just keeping warm.

 

From the Congressional Record
February 23, 1994

National Bird Feeding Month

Hon. JOHN EDWARD PORTER
of Illinois in the House of Representatives
Wednesday, February 23, 1994

"Mr. Speaker, I would like to recognize February, one of the most difficult months in the United States for wild birds, as National Bird Feeding Month. During this month, individuals are encouraged to provide food, water, and shelter to help wild birds survive. This assistance benefits the environment by supplementing wild bird's natural diet of weed seeds and insects. Currently, one third of the U.S. adult population feeds wild birds in their backyards.

In addition, Mr. Speaker, backyard bird feeding is an entertaining, educational, and inexpensive pastime enjoyed by children and adults. Bird feeding provides a needed break from today's frantic lifestyles. Adults enjoy the relaxation and peacefulness afforded by watching birds -- nature serves to relieve the stress and can get one's day going on a tranquil note.

Young children are naturally drawn to the activities involved in feeding wild birds, which can serve as excellent educational tools. Children can identify different species of birds with a field guide and can learn about the birds' feeding and living habits. These observations can then provide excellent research opportunities for school projects and reports.

Feeding wild birds in the backyard is an easy hobby to start and need not overtax the family budget. It can be as simple as mounting a single feeder outside a window and filling it with bird seed mix. For many people, the hobby progresses from there. They discover the relationship between the type and location of feeders, and the seeds offered in them, and the number and varieties of birds attracted. Parents can challenge an inquisitive child's mind as they explore together these factors in trying to encourage visits by their favorite birds."


February - National Bird Feeding Month
Birds bring a welcome dash of color, flash of motion, and splash of sound into our lives, particularly in the gloom of winter. But this also is one of the most difficult seasons for birds to survive in the wild in much of North America.
It often gets worse in February. Natural food supplies have been depleted, and ponds are thick with ice, making it difficult to forage in the wild. That’s why the National Bird-Feeding Society (Society) has designated February “Wild Bird Feeding Month,” to call attention to the birds’ need for food and water.

Consider the following:
• A typical backyard bird weighs less than two nickels,

• Birds spend most of their waking hours searching for food,
• In below-freezing temperatures, snow is the only “water” birds may find.
• Birds can use up to 15 percent of their body weight overnight just keeping warm.

The Society asks you to help birds this winter by keeping fresh seed in your feeders, offering suet as an extra energy entree, and replenishing the water in your birdbath. Click on Backyard Bird Feeding 101 to learn more about backyard bird feeding. Then check out our Basic Backyard Bird Feeding Guide and our Guide to Basic Bird Feeders. And, please, don’t forget to celebrate Wild Bird Feeding Month in February—all it takes is putting out another feeder or block of suet, hanging up another bird feeder, or providing open water for our backyard birds.
Sue Hayes - Wild Bird Feeding Industry

 Integrity Award Recipient 2012

  Wild Bird Habitat Store


The Wild Bird Habitat Stores

Independent Backyard Bird Feeding Center Since 1993

South Lincoln:
Alamo Plaza / 56th & Hwy 2
Lincoln, Nebraska 68516
402-420-2553
North Lincoln:
4840 Orchard Street (In the little white house)
Lincoln, Nebraksa 68504
402-464-4055