A family adventure

Did you know that the majority of people who are avid bird feeders today grew up in a family that fed birds? It’s true! Bird feeding, like many other outdoor activities, is a great hobby for people of all ages to enjoy. In fact, bird feeding now ranks as the second most popular hobby in the United States behind gardening.

Participating in an active, family-friendly hobby – like bird feeding –  creates a bond that your family can share for years to come. It’s also a great way to take part in a common interest with the most important people in your life.

Hobbies feed natural curiosity and discovery, and they offer a chance to escape the day-to-day stressors of life. Children will frequently follow their parents’ lead when choosing a pastime, and many hobbies are never outgrown. Hobbies that are enjoyed as a child, often still bring joy today as an adult. So why not make your family hobby something that’s good for you and good for nature!

Bird feeding is the perfect hobby that can last a lifetime. Family members of all ages can partake in some way.

Feeding wild birds teaches responsibility to kids as they have to keep bird feeders clean and consistently filled with fresh food. It’s also relaxing for adults because they can marvel at the different bird species that flock to their feeders for a meal. Even on days when you can’t be outside enjoying nature, a strategically placed bird feeder will allow full access to the magnificent sights and sounds of birds from the comfort of your window.

The concept of feeding wild birds has been around for centuries. However, it didn’t start becoming common practice until the end of the 19th century when people began to feed wild birds to help them survive harsh winters.  Once birds became regular visitors to backyards and porches, feeding birds was no longer just a necessity. It started to become something that people looked forward to year-round. Hearing the beautiful songs and seeing the stunning plumage of wild birds was soon treasured by homeowners just as much as the birds loved eating the fresh seed they offered.

There are hundreds of species of birds in North America. All have their own unique colors, sounds and habits. Bird feeding can make people feel happier, more relaxed and connected to nature.  If you’re interested in inspiring the next generation of bird enthusiasts, then next time you go to fill up your feeder, bring your child or grandchild along for the ride. Who knows, you might just spark a curiosity for birds that will last a lifetime!

Two children sit at an outdoors table, rolling pinecones covered in peanut butter into plates of bird seed to make bird feeders.