Information Entry Contest: How Does Your Habitat Profit Birds?

February 14, 2023

| Grey Catbird by Laura Frazier |

For the seventh season in a row, Undertaking FeederWatch and our sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited 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 knowledge entry contest winner as effectively. After getting into chook counts (knowledge) 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 Rely Abstract web page. We randomly choose two winners per immediate. Our second Information Entry contest immediate this season was:

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

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 in addition place a dish of water close to the chook feeding space that over 30 chook varieties, 20+ deer, too many squirrels, and different critters get pleasure from. The surface area the place I feed birds is a ground beneath my massive kitchen window, in an space filled 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 outdoors 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 will permit me to take footage from just some toes away, providing the advantage of figuring out birds that normally too distant. This chook sanctuary is a present that places a smile on my face each day. All of the birds and critters adore it too!

Planting gardens and landscaping your yard with wildlife in thoughts is among the greatest methods to assist birds as they search out meals sources, nesting habitat, safety from predators, and extra. Not solely do vegetation 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 study extra, try Undertaking FeederWatch’s web page on Gardening For Birds.

Jennifer shared:

I’ve tried to fluctuate yard cowl utilizing native vegetation, 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 bathtub space that I hold clear and a heated chook bathtub with a small bubbler. I don’t use pesticides; I let all of the invertebrates that birds may discover tasty have a house right here. Many birds nest in my tall spruces or my thick hedge. I exploit UV-reflective merchandise on my home windows to scale 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 excellent instance of what may be accomplished even in the event 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 assets that may enable you present nesting area for birds. Try their Right Bird, Right House software to seek out nest field building plans. You need to use the filters on this software 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 building plan, and discover recommendations on the place and the best way to set up the field. You may as well find tips for installing nest boxes here. In case you do put up a nest field, think about monitoring it for NestWatch! Solely serious about placing out nesting supplies for birds to make use of? We advocate studying their nesting materials blog post for suggestions!

Due to everybody who participated and shared their tales – we want we may share your whole submissions! Search for the prompts after you submit your subsequent rely and keep tuned for after we announce the following knowledge entry contest winners on March 14th, 2023! E mail with questions, and browse the tales from previous winners on our blog.

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