When managing birdfeeders, think bird health and safety

Feeding birds in winter is one of the nation’s most popular wildlife-watching activities, yet many ornithologists say it’s often more rewarding for people than for birds. And it might even put wild birds at risk. “Feeding birds is not necessary for their survival except in extreme weather conditions,” said Stephen Kress, vice president for bird conservation at the National Audubon Society. “Feeders can definitely help them get through that kind of weather.” Most birds are insect eaters and aren’t attracted to backyard feeders. “For those birds, I recommend planting natural habitat and native plants,” Kress said.
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