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03/11/2018 - How are Bird Houses & Roosting Boxes Different?

Are You a Bird House Real Estate Expert? Take the quiz to find out!

There is a lot to know about how different birds prefer to house their young and what they require to do this.

Many birds do not use a bird house at all. They prefer to build a nest on a tree branch or a ledge or even some birds just find an agreeable spot, be it the ground or a rock cliff and lay their eggs there.

Bird houses are designed in many different ways to provide a particular type of bird a housing opportunity. Birds that will use a bird house are cavity nesters and some would rather find a natural cavity.

Barnacle Geese in Greenland

I watched a very interesting nature show recently that was produced by BBC with David Attenborough narrating. He told the story of Barnacle Geese which nest and raise their young in Greenland. They choose the most impossible location, very high on rocky cliffs where their young will be safe from predators, like the arctic fox.

03/01/2018 - Wild Birds Winter "Chow Time" Photo Contest is Now Open!

(*v*)  Meet our respected Judges!

(*v*)  Check out all the prizes!

(*v*)  Read the contest rules.

The First Prize is Really a Winner! 

It will look fantastic in Your yard with all the beautiful birds it is designed to attract.

Special thanks to Brome Bird Care our sponsor for this wonderful prize going to the first place winner!

And most of all, get out & get snapping what the birds are eating this winter!



02/19/2018 - Our first ever photo contest is starting soon!

A great idea for Year of the Bird!

Last issue of Wild Bird Scoop I shared that it is "Year of the Bird" and encouraged everyone to do something each month to help wild birds thrive.

I gave you a list of suggestions to help spark some ideas. I have copied them here again, but I have one more to add to the list.

One suggestion from last issue's list was becoming a Citizen Scientist, by reporting the birds you see in your backyard or when you are on a walk. 

Soon Reports of Returning Hummers Will be Available

This is a perfect time to look at your nectar feeders and decide what you need. 

  • Do you need a new feeder?
  • How many feeders do you need to keep the peace?
  • A variety of different sizes of cleaning brushes is helpful.
  • Will you use an umbrella over your feeder to protect the nectar from filling up with rain?
  • Consider providing nesting material for your female Hummers.
  • Which flowering plants to attract Hummers would you like?
  • Will you change the location of your feeders this year?
  • Keep an eye for sugar sales to stock up for the season.

02/03/2018 - One Hundred Years Ago An Act Was Passed.

Our First Photo Contest Starting Soon!

Do heated bird baths hurt wild birds?

It is understandable that someone might wonder about the health and safety of heated bird baths for wild birds.

Bird watchers can have many questions about this seemingly unusual piece of equipment for wild bird watching.

Click the link above to read the full story.

One Hundred Years Ago an Important Act was Passed!

One hundred years ago the Migratory Bird Treaty Act was passed, between the United States of America and Great Britain (on behalf of Canada) in 1918, to save migratory birds around the world.

It was extremely important for the protection of wild birds.

Sadly, there are some who would like to undo the good that the agreement has accomplished.

Click the link above to read the full story.

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