Better for birds

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Just as we adhere to a healthy diet (free from table scraps) for our canine and feline friends, wild birds thrive best when the nutritional content of food mimics that of their natural diet. While conveniently on hand, salty snacks, breads and processed foods are not healthy for birds. It’s okay to feed our feathered friends food from your kitchen, but we ask that you choose foods that are #betterforbirds such as unsalted peanuts/nuts/seeds and fresh fruit.

At Audubon Park, our commitment to safety starts right here at home:

  • American made
  • No artificial colors or flavors
  • Food safety certified A-grade annual audit ratings from BRC
  • We source from family farms as often as possible, ensure that all ingredients meet grain grading USDA standards, and require testing for aflatoxins to maintain a human edible grade standard for all Audubon Park peanuts

Here are 10 ways you can keep birds healthy:

  • Keep cats indoors (domestic cats kill more than two billion birds per year)
  • Position bird feeders within three feet of windows, on windows, or at least 30 feet away from windows (up to one billion birds are killed by collisions with glass in the US per year)
  • Partially close your blinds/curtains during the day or use bird-friendly decor to limit window collisions
  • Provide multiple feeding stations to avoid crowding at feeders
  • Choose feeders that are easy to clean and clean feeders with a 10% non-chlorinated bleach solution between seasons at a minimum, monthly is recommended (be sure to clean under feeders as well)
  • Keep bird food dry at all times, keep suet out of direct sunlight
  • Offer clean, fresh water daily (approximately 1” deep at the center)
  • Turn off outdoor lights at night (during spring and fall migration)
  • Plant bird-friendly native trees, shrubs and flowers
  • Reduce or avoid the use of chemicals in your lawn & garden (lawn care accounts for 70 million pounds of pesticides in the US each year),

If you see a sick bird at your feeder, call the National Wildlife Health Center at 1-888-ASK-USGS.