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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 in order to promote it as a hobby.   

Some resources on the library website can help you get started.  On the Lifestyle & Hobbies page of the library website, there is a link to DiscoverAHobby.com which includes the hobby of Birdwatching.  This is a great place to find information, including: 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 numerous sources such as magazines, reference books and newspapers.  Access this resource from the library website, on 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.  Their 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 has some great information, such as the 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!