February 3 - Feed the Birds Day

Posted on February 3, 2019

This winter has been super cold in some places (Yikes! Polar vortex!), and I am not sure how wild birds are faring in this awful weather - more on that below - but today's annual Feed the Birds Day is a reminder that some backyard birds survive better if people feed them in the deep of winter, when food is the scarcest. 

If you don't have a bird feeder (like the one below),
you can make a homemade feeder using a hollowed-out
fruit or veggie (see above).

Seeds are the best for high energy food, but if you don't have birdseed, bread is better than nothing. 

Suet is another bird-feeder treat that is high in fat and therefore packed with energy. True suet is made from animal fat, but here is a homemade (and vegan) substitute.

Here are some more suggestions for how to help wildlife during bad weather.

You might already know that, once you begin feeding wild birds, it's important to do so consistently, because they begin to rely on that food.

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