I’ve talked before about feed wild birds, but because January and February are the most important months to do this for wild birds I wanted to remind everyone again.
… February is designated National Bird Feeding Month because it’s one of the most difficult months in the U.S. for birds to survive in the wild. In mid-Michigan the plants are still dormant and haven’t begun to produce new food for the birds and the bugs are still scarce.
I’m basically a cheap person. I don’t buy bird seed, sunflower seeds, or other food to feed wild animals. I’ve always wanted to because it would be as much a treat for me to watch them as it is a food source for the animals.
Instead, I save my leftover bread, the peanuts no one eats from a bag of trail mix, spilled cheerios, crunched up stale crackers … I save all this then throw it on the front lawn during the winter months. I never throw old apples or pears away either… in the side yard they go for our neighbor’s horses or other wildlife. Winter is such a hard time for wild animals that every little bit helps.
Do you feed the wildlife in your neighborhood? This really could be a great time to start that bird feeder you’ve always wanted!