Knowledge Entry Contest: How Does Your Habitat Profit Birds?




February 14, 2023



| Grey Catbird by Laura Frazier |

For the seventh season in a row, Venture FeederWatch and our sponsor Wild Birds Limitless are rewarding registered FeederWatchers with the prospect to win prizes. This 12 months, Celestron is becoming a member of the enjoyable and providing one pair of binoculars to every information entry contest winner as effectively. After getting into chicken counts (information) into the FeederWatch web site, members have the chance to share a narrative, reminiscence, or tip by clicking the “Enter to Win” button on the Depend Abstract web page. We randomly choose two winners per immediate. Our second Knowledge Entry contest immediate this season was:

There are numerous methods to enhance habitat for wildlife. What do you do to make your yard a haven in your avian buddies?

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 function, and likewise place a dish of water close to the chicken feeding space that over 30 chicken varieties, 20+ deer, too many squirrels, and different critters take pleasure in. The surface house the place I feed birds is a ground beneath my large kitchen window, in an space stuffed with deciduous and evergreen bushes and shrubs, which incorporates giant bushes for birds to roost and make nests in. There’s 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 usually 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 just some toes away, providing the good thing about figuring out birds that often too far-off. This chicken sanctuary is a present that places a smile on my face every single day. All of the birds and critters like it too!

Planting gardens and landscaping your yard with wildlife in thoughts is among 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 similar to seeds, fruit, nectar, and sap, however additionally they present habitat for bugs, that are important for birds and their younger. Birds use bushes and shrubs for canopy and safety from predators, and use plant fibers for nesting materials and nesting habitat. To study extra, take a look at Venture FeederWatch’s web page on Gardening For Birds.

Jennifer shared:

I’ve tried to fluctuate yard cowl utilizing native crops, shrubs, and bushes, 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 bathtub space that I hold clear and a heated chicken bathtub 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 affect. 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 might be completed even if you happen to solely have entry to a small plot of land! NestWatch, one other citizen science mission right here on the Cornell Lab, has a number of assets that may assist you present nesting house for birds. Try their Proper Fowl, Proper Home device to seek out nest field development plans. You need to use 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 study their particular nesting preferences, obtain a development plan, and discover tips about the place and find out how to set up the field. You can even discover ideas for putting in nest packing containers right here. When you do put up a nest field, contemplate monitoring it for NestWatch! Solely curious about placing out nesting supplies for birds to make use of? We advocate studying their nesting supplies weblog submit for ideas!

Because of everybody who participated and shared their tales – we want we might share your whole 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 feederwatch@cornell.edu with questions, and skim the tales from previous winners on our weblog.

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