We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
386 Columbia Rd., Rte.#53
Hanover, MA 02339
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Cupid isn’t the only winged object that people need to watch out for this month. In 1994, the United States Congress proclaimed February to be National Bird Feeding Month.
Backyard bird feeding is enjoyed by over 46 million North Americans. And while February is National Wild Bird Feeding Month, with the right provisions, people can enjoy a wide variety of backyard birds all year long.
The Great Backyard Bird Count, a joint project between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, also occurs this month. Individuals, families, schools and organizations are invited to count birds at bird feeders and in backyards, local parks or other locations. Those tallies are then reported online through the BirdSource web site. This data helps define bird ranges, populations, migration pathways and habitat needs.
The count is fun, easy and educational. It’s also a terrific way for Cornell and Audubon to learn more about the abundance and distribution of bird species.
The average backyard is visited regularly by 15 or more different bird species. People can increase the variety of birds that visit their backyards by providing the appropriate food in the right location.
There are three common backyard bird feeding categories: ground-feeding, elevated feeding and a combination of both. For example, goldfinches prefer to eat Nyjer® (thistle seed) from a tube feeder, whereas doves generally eat millet on the ground.
Stop by the store and let us show you how you can attract feathered friends to your backyard!
When you feed the birds in your backyard, it shows that you value having a daily relationship with nature and that you are willing to take action to foster it.
Like many of us, if you have been feeding birds for a while…you probably have a reputation. Your friends, neighbors and relatives likely see you as a person who loves nature, and they value your willingness to share the joy of “your” backyard birds at a moment's notice.
Your hobby and your backyard truly count as things that are important to you.
The Great Backyard Bird Count gives you the opportunity to make them count even more than ever by participating in this annual event which links citizens with scientists in an effort to collect important data about backyard birds.
The GBBC is a joint project of Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society and is sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited. It takes place each February. Count the birds in your backyard, and then simply report the information online at http://gbbc.birdcount.org/.
This extensive information data base is analyzed by scientists to better understand important trends in bird populations, range expansions, habitat changes and shifts in migration patterns.
Make your backyard count even more for the birds when you participate in this year’s GBBC. And to ensure the birds all show up to be counted, visit our store for the widest variety of great bird food products!
As a Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) participant, you may see birds you don’t know. To identify lesser-known birds, practice answering the following questions, looking at a bird from the top down.
Look at the bird’s overall size, shape and posture. Is it the size of something familiar like a sparrow, robin or crow? How does it sit, perch or fly?
Does the bird have a colorful or striped cap, also known as a crown? Is there a stripe above or through the eye, or does it have an eye ring or “spectacles?” Look for cheek patches or a mustache. Is there a white throat patch?
What are the overall back, breast and belly colors? What’s on the chest: a patch, spots, streaks or is it clear? Are the flanks (sides of body) clear or streaked? Is there a white or yellow rump patch?
Are the wings a different color than the body? Are there wing bars or spots?
Is the tail long or short compared to the body? Is it forked, squared, pointed or another shape? Are there certain colors or vertical or horizontal stripes?
We offer a variety of binoculars that will provide clear views and field guides that will help you determine a bird’s identity. With practice, you will quickly gather all the clues you need to positively identify birds.
For more tips on how to better identify birds, visit http://gbbc.birdcount.org/.
Every nature lover is different, so finding the ideal gift for him or her can be difficult. That's why our Gift Cards are the perfect gift for every occasion. They allow your friend or loved one to choose what part of nature he or she wants to enjoy. The best part: our Gift Cards are redeemable at every Wild Birds Unlimited location.
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