We are amidst one of the most important times of the year for bird conservation: National Bird Feeding Month. Every February, this month-long celebration encourages people to show their love and appreciation for birds by providing them with sustenance and support. But why is this event so important?
Well, the truth is that birds face a number of threats each year, particularly due to habitat destruction and climate change. By providing food for our feathered friends during these events, we can help offset some of the negative impacts these external threats have on bird populations.
Let us take this month to honor and celebrate our avian friends as we pledge our commitment to bird conservation. If we all take small steps in the right direction, our collective efforts can make a significant impact on the health and welfare of these marvelous creatures.
What is National Bird Feeding Month?
On February 23, 1994, the honorable Congressman John Porter of Illinois declared that the month of February would be dedicated to National Bird Feeding Month.
As part of his official duties, Illinois Congressman John Porter issued the following resolution:
“I would like to recognize February, one of the most difficult months in the United States for wild birds, as National Bird-Feeding Month. During this month, individuals are encouraged to provide food, water, and shelter to help wild birds survive. This assistance benefits the environment by supplementing the wild bird’s natural diet of weed seeds and insects.”
You see, come wintertime, the ability of birds to find their own food is greatly diminished. It’s too cold for insects to fly, and the ground is often too frozen for wild plants to grow. Therefore, National Bird Feeding Month is an opportunity to give back to our feathered friends by providing them with extra food and shelter.
Why is National Bird Feeding Month Important for Bird Conservation?
You may think that only a few birds visit your backyard each year, but the truth is that bird populations are more complex and interconnected than you may realize. By providing food to birds in your area, you can help strengthen their ability to survive during difficult times—like National Bird Feeding Month.
National Bird Feeding Month is important for bird conservation because it helps to protect and sustain the many species of migratory birds found across the U.S. From Chickadees to Dark-eyed Juncos, many of our most beloved backyard birds rely on National Bird Feeding Month to help them make it through the winter months. By providing additional food and shelter, we can ensure that these birds are able to maintain a healthy weight and have enough energy for their long migrations each year.
It’s so important to recognize and honor our feathered friends by providing them with nutritious meals. Doing this will let us show our appreciation for their crucial role in nature’s cycle of life and help ensure that these species thrive for generations to come.
Master the Mavens
While National Bird Feeding Month is a great way to provide sustenance to our feathered friends, it’s important to remember that different species have different needs. Before you set out to feed the birds, take some time to observe them and get to know who your visitors are.
By familiarizing yourself with their behavior, you can ensure that you’re providing them with the right kind of food. For instance, common U.S. backyard birds such as Mourning Doves, Northern Mockingbirds, White-breasted Nuthatches, and American Goldfinches will all benefit from a variety of seeds and grains.
See below for a breakdown of what to provide your National Bird Feeding Month visitors:
- Mourning Doves: If you’re feeding Mourning Doves, the Supreme Wild Bird Mix is a great choice! Containing an assortment of seeds, different types of nuts, sunflower kernels, and cracked corn—this nutritious mix will ensure that your pals are well-fed and happy!
- Northern Mockingbirds: Northern Mockingbirds will adore Fruit & Nut High Energy Mix! This delectable wild bird mix offers a scrumptious combination of fruits, seeds, and nut-free nuts for an extra energy boost.
- White-breasted Nuthatches: Chickadee Premium Sunflower & Nut Mix is a nutritional powerhouse, filled with a medley of seeds, nuts, sunflower kernels, and cracked corn. Fuel your bird buds with the best ingredients nature has to offer!
- American Goldfinches: Both the Finch Mix and Nyjer Seed are must-have items for American Goldfinches. Goldfinches love the taste of Nyjer seed and will go crazy over the Finch Mix, which contains five nutritional ingredients; a special mix of small seeds that small songbirds just love.
February is here, and so is your chance to give back to the birds of your backyard. As you make preparations, be sure to take some time to observe the different species in your area and provide them with only the best ingredients. You can find everything you need to make National Bird Feeding Month a success here at Lyric Wild Bird Food.
From all of us at Lyric, we want to thank you for taking the time to help protect our feathered friends and hope that National Bird Feeding Month is a special month full of joy and discovery!