(Watch the audio-described version of the video here.)
Bird Feeding Basics
- Learn what birds are in your area and what they eat. Avoid filler seed, which mostly
becomes waste in your yard.
- Choose feeders that prevent moisture and mold, and can be easily cleaned. DIY feeders
can be a fun family project.
- Birdseed is perishable. Filling your bird feeders based on how much traffic you get at
your home can avoid waste. You can also freeze birdseed for longer storage.
- Put out fresh water. Not all birds eat bird seed but they all need water.
- Grow native plant species in your yard! Native trees or bushes with berries or nuts can
provide food for wildlife.
- Bird feeders should be regularly cleaned to prevent disease transmission. 10 percent
non-chlorinated bleach solution or soapy water is the best way to clean feeders, about
every two weeks or so. If you see a bird that may be sick, take down your feeders so
that the birds disperse.
- Check with your local bird groups to find out more about birds in your area.
Bird watching and feeding allows us to feel close to nature, and reminds us how important a healthy ecosystem is. Bird conservation affects plants and wildlife too. Always do your research, read books, and keep updated on the newest science. Offering the right food, cleaning your feeders, keeping your cats indoors, and putting feeders a safe distance from windows is the best way to feed birds.
Video by Sydney Dragon, Student Conservation Association intern, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Blog by Abra Zobel, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service