Information Entry Contest: How Does Your Habitat Profit Birds?


February 14, 2023

| Grey Catbird by Laura Frazier |

For the seventh season in a row, Mission FeederWatch and our sponsor Wild Birds Limitless are rewarding registered FeederWatchers with the prospect to win prizes. This yr, Celestron is becoming a member of the enjoyable and providing one pair of binoculars to every information entry contest winner as nicely. After getting into chook counts (information) into the FeederWatch web site, contributors have the chance to share a narrative, reminiscence, or tip by clicking the “Enter to Win” button on the Rely Abstract web page. We randomly choose two winners per immediate. Our second Information Entry contest immediate this season was:

There are a lot of methods to enhance habitat for wildlife. What do you do to make your yard a haven on your avian pals?

Congratulations to our winners, Pat Brown and Jennifer Gaus-Myers!

Pat shared:

Water is our habitat specialty! We stay on a lake in North Georgia, have a waterfall/pond characteristic, and likewise place a dish of water close to the chook feeding space that over 30 chook varieties, 20+ deer, too many squirrels, and different critters take pleasure in. The skin area the place I feed birds is a flooring under my huge kitchen window, in an space stuffed with deciduous and evergreen timber and shrubs, which incorporates massive timber for birds to roost and make nests in. There may be additionally brush for the wrens and different birds to make a house in.

Flower gardening is my ardour, offering extra meals for the birds. Hummingbirds love the perennial flowers, particularly the penstemon, pineapple sage, and trumpet vine. Instantly exterior my kitchen window is my favourite fig tree the place the birds typically land earlier than heading to the feeding space. Little did I do know, after I planted it, that it could permit me to take footage from only a few toes away, providing the advantage of figuring out birds that often too distant. This chook sanctuary is a present that places a smile on my face day-after-day. All of the birds and critters like it too!

Planting gardens and landscaping your yard with wildlife in thoughts is likely one of the finest methods to assist birds as they search out meals sources, nesting habitat, safety from predators, and extra. Not solely do crops present meals corresponding to seeds, fruit, nectar, and sap, however in addition they present habitat for bugs, that are important for birds and their younger. Birds use timber and shrubs for canopy and safety from predators, and use plant fibers for nesting materials and nesting habitat. To be taught extra, take a look at Mission FeederWatch’s web page on Gardening For Birds.

Jennifer shared:

I’ve tried to fluctuate yard cowl utilizing native crops, shrubs, and timber, utilizing species with seeds and berries that entice birds. I don’t deadhead my flowerheads – I go away the useless stalks standing all winter [so that birds can access] seeds, hidden bugs, and perching spots. I’ve a mud tub space that I preserve clear and a heated chook tub with a small bubbler. I don’t use pesticides; I let all of the invertebrates that birds would possibly discover tasty have a house right here. Many birds nest in my tall spruces or my thick hedge. I take advantage of UV-reflective merchandise on my home windows to cut back influence. Moreover, I’ve two wren homes and a Jap Screech owl field…all on a 3rd of an acre!

Jennifer’s efforts are an ideal instance of what will be accomplished even when you solely have entry to a small plot of land! NestWatch, one other citizen science challenge right here on the Cornell Lab, has a number of sources that may assist you to present nesting area for birds. Take a look at their Proper Chook, Proper Home device to seek out nest field development plans. You should utilize the filters on this device to seek out species that stay in your location and habitat, then click on on the species web page to find out about their particular nesting preferences, obtain a development plan, and discover tips about the place and how one can set up the field. It’s also possible to discover ideas for putting in nest containers right here. In case you do put up a nest field, contemplate monitoring it for NestWatch! Solely fascinated about placing out nesting supplies for birds to make use of? We suggest studying their nesting supplies weblog submit for ideas!

Because of everybody who participated and shared their tales – we want we might share your entire submissions! Search for the prompts after you submit your subsequent rely and keep tuned for once we announce the subsequent information entry contest winners on March 14th, 2023! Electronic mail with questions, and browse the tales from previous winners on our weblog.

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