Food. Water. Shelter. Space. Simply put, those are the four critical necessities required for bird populations to thrive in any environment, but particularly in urban environments where finding them in abundance may present a problem. Here are a few basic pointers to remember when you’re ready to get Wild About Birds!
Different birds need different foods. Small birds, for example, need high energy foods to survive year-round in a variety of conditions. Larger birds have their own unique needs. There are a couple ways to provide food sources for birds: planting flowers shrubs and trees with wildlife in mind, or purchasing bird seed to stock your feeders.
When gardening for wildlife , planting and nurturing a variety of native perennials, shrubs and trees helps provide natural food and shelter for birds. Different plants attract different birds, and CWF has many resources to help determine the plants you need for the birds you want to attract.
When it comes to feeders, remember that not all bird seeds are created equal. Be sure to pick blends mixed with mainly oil seeds like niger, sunflower or canola. Avoid blends with grains like wheat, oats and corn. Different seeds provide different nutrients, so try to find a blend with a healthy variety.