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Winter feeding tips

Winter is here and that means some wild weather!

While you’re stocking up on food and water in preparation for a big storm, pick up a feeder and wild bird food as well. Feeding the birds is a rewarding activity year round, but winter months are when it is most helpful for the birds, as their natural food supplies are wiped out by ice, snow and wind. Birds’ energy demands are also higher when it is cold outside.

Our recommendation for winter feeding? Audubon Park Wild Bird Food’s new Songbird Selections® with NutriThrive. Enhanced with vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids birds need but have become scarce in our environment, these premium seeds will boost the health of your backyard birds.

If a storm has already hit and you have no bird food on hand, it is easy to still help out the birds with products from around your house.

Here are three tips from Audubon Park’s Ed Mills:

  1. Choose healthy unsalted/unsweetened foods like orange and apple slices, frozen or dried cherries, peanut butter, unseasoned beef fat, sunflower seeds or peanuts, quinoa and millet.
  2. Put the food on cookie sheets and place them in your yard on top of the snow or on a patio table.
  3. Use a plant saucer for drinking water. Refresh it daily to prevent freezing.

For more tips to help your backyard birds this winter, check out this comprehensive checklist from Mother Nature News: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/how-to-take-care-of-birds-this-winter