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February is National Bird Feeding Month

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Are you looking for a new hobby?  Something to brighten up the mid-winter blues and help wildlife at the same time?  February is National Bird Feeding month.  What a great time to start this hobby!   The National Bird-Feeding Society began to publicize bird-feeding and bird-watching and promote it as a hobby.   

Some resources on the library website can help you get started.  On the Lifestyle & Hobbies page, there is DiscoverAHobby.com which includes the hobby of Bird Watching. It is a great place to find information.   Information includes when and where to watch birds, equipment needed and organizations that can offer help. 

Another great resource for bird watching and bird feeding from the library website is Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center.  It offers a wealth of information from a number of sources such as magazines, reference books and newspapers.  Access this resource from the library website at our online resources. 

Perhaps you would like to check out a book from Hoopla.  I suggest taking a look at Homemade Bird Food: 26 fun & easy recipes to feed backyard birds by Adele Porter. 

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology allows you to download a free issue of BirdNotes.  Winter Bird Feeding Guide will help you with selecting the type of food that attracts the greatest number of bird species.  Are you wondering where to place the feeders?  This guide will address that concern and more.   

Visit the Audubon Society to find eleven tips for feeding backyard birds.  According to the Audubon Society, this advice will attract the most birds.  Also, at the Audubon society website, you can access a free guide of more than 800 species of North American Birds, find beautiful photos and access the free Audubon bird guide app.  Perfect for those new to the hobby, this site will also offer help on how to get into birding. 

The online advice site, The Spruce, offers what they consider the Top 10 Bird Feeding Mistakes 

The National Wildlife Federation has a blog article: A Beginner’s Guide to Backyard Bird Feeding.  One area this article addresses is finding squirrel proof feeders. In addition, their online National Wildlife magazine some great information, such as this article: Keeping Backyard Birds Safe. 

Wishing you hours of enjoyment with your new hobby and something to look forward to after the holiday season comes to an end!  

Sally Freaney

Sally Freaney is the Grant Center Librarian at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. In addition to her many years as the Grant Center librarian, Sally has enjoyed careers at both a nonprofit hospital and for Mahoning County government.

She enjoys showing nonprofits how to expertly use the Foundation Directory Online database, confidently navigate the proposal writing process and successfully use the nonprofit startup assessment tool.

A coffee lover, Sally enjoys reading a good mystery novel.