Adding a bird feeder to your yard has so many more benefits than just feeding the birds. You'll be benefiting the environment at the same time. Bird feeders come in all shapes and sizes and are available at many stores. You also can make your own out of used plastic containers. Whatever type of bird feeder you choose, know you'll be giving back to the planet by having it.
Feeding the Birds
The main reason most people purchase a bird feeder is to feed the birds. By regularly filling the feeder, you'll attract a variety of birds. Soon you'll probably notice the same birds frequenting the feeder. When they have their young, they will join the parents at the feeder. By having a long-term feeder in action, birds that migrate to your area will also stop by for a bite to eat. You'll be helping out all the birds by giving them a spot they know they'll be able to find food.
Helping More Than the Birds
A bird feeder will attract more than just birds. The seeds will also attract squirrels, raccoons and possums. Believe it or not, the birds and squirrels will get along just fine as long as you put enough seed out for them all to share. The feeder will become a safe community as animals make their homes around it knowing they're close to a food source.
Gaining an Education about Nature
By having a feeder, you'll get a free lesson in the birds' habits. It's natural to try to figure out the species of the birds. You can also note which species visit the feeder during which times of year to help organizations such as the Audubon Society track species nationally. This helps keep track of endangered and threatened species and their numbers. It's also a very relaxing, inexpensive hobby.
Article Written By Joyce Starr
Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.