Wild Bird

How to Attract Orioles this Spring

20 Apr , 2016  

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With their signature black and orange or yellow coloring and beautiful songs, orioles are a favorite among backyard birds. However, orioles are also known to be somewhat elusive due to their very particular habits. To help you out, we’ve gathered a list of tips to help you attract the orioles in your region this spring. […]

Classroom and Schoolyard Bird Feeding

Want to Start a Birding Club?

19 Apr , 2016  

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7 Tips to Plant the (Bird) Seed in Your School Perhaps the subject of envy for every science teacher, the 1990’s “Magic School Bus” character Ms. Frizzle could convert apathetic students into science fanatics with her spectacular school bus excursions through Paleolithic worlds, human blood streams and outer space dimensions. Ms. Frizzle is pretty hard […]

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Are Hummingbirds Really Attracted to Red?

17 Apr , 2016  

hummingbirds attracted to red

It is a popular notion that specific colors can attract birds. But you may be wondering if hummingbirds really are attracted to red. There isn’t a clear answer to this question. While there is no doubt amongst bird enthusiasts that hummingbirds seem to be drawn to bright colors, there isn’t a conclusive reason as to […]

Classroom and Schoolyard Bird Feeding

Ways to Inspire Young Citizen Scientists

15 Apr , 2016  

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Bird Feeders for Education is part of an initiative with the Cornell Lab to get children more involved with bird watching at an early age. As one of the most popular hobbies in the US, bird feeding is a favorite pastime that can be shared by all. Here’s a hands-on, interactive exercise that will encourage […]

Classroom and Schoolyard Bird Feeding

The Life of a Bird Lover: 5 Stages to Becoming a Citizen Scientist

24 Mar , 2016  

citizen scientist

For every expert, legend and leader, there’s one spark that started it all. It could have been an inspiring teacher, a monumental failure or an irresistible curiosity. At Perky-Pet®, we’re excited about setting the stage for that magic moment when curiosity turns into life-long passion. Our Bird Feeders for Education program helps support kids who […]

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2016 Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Migration

15 Mar , 2016  

ruby-throated hummingbird migration

By now, hummingbird migration is in full swing. To the delight of hummingbird enthusiasts everywhere, Ruby-throated hummingbirds have already been spotted at feeders in many gulf coast cities! The 2016 Ruby-throated hummingbird migration seems to have kicked off about a week or so earlier than 2015’s journey. If you live along their migration route, you […]

Hummingbird

2016 Rufous Hummingbird Migration

14 Mar , 2016  

rufous hummingbird migration

Rufous Hummingbirds have the longest migration route of any other migratory hummingbird species. By now, their journey north is already underway, and many people have started spotting these feisty little hummingbirds at their hummingbird feeders all over the western U.S.! Known for their tenacity in tirelessly defending their stake at feeders and flowers, these small […]

Wild Bird

Using Plants to Attract Backyard Birds to Your Garden

14 Mar , 2016  

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If you’re an avid bird watcher, you may have noticed that certain birds seem to prefer certain plants to others. This is because every bird has different needs when it comes to food, nesting and protection. Do you want to attract specific birds to your yard so you can enjoy their colors, songs and entertaining […]

Species Spotlight

Species Spotlight: Rufous Hummingbird

14 Mar , 2016  

rufous hummingbird

If you’ve ever spotted hummingbirds in your backyard, it is likely that you’ve seen at least one Rufous Hummingbird, especially if you live on the west coast. These birds are well known for their iridescent, fiery plumage, specifically on the males of the species. They are among the most prominent and easily recognizable species in […]

Product Spotlight

Product Spotlight: K-Feeders®

19 Feb , 2016  

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These classic wild bird feeders offer the nostalgic style people have loved for years, with innovations in design and durability. History of K-Feeders® Established in 1975, the K-Feeders® brand was among one of the first companies to manufacture wild bird feeders. Known for their slogan, “Where Nature and Quality Meet,” the small company grew into […]

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Attract Cardinals to Your Yard: 7 Tips and 3 Things To Avoid

18 Feb , 2016  

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Northern Cardinals are probably the most desired of all backyard-visiting birds. With their vibrant plumage and beautiful songs, it’s no wonder people want to attract Cardinals to their yards. Luckily for bird lovers, Cardinals are not particularly hard to please. With a few simple alterations to your backyard and birdfeeder set up, your yard could […]

Classroom and Schoolyard Bird Feeding

Why Teachers are Happy as a Lark: Field Notes from our Bird Education Program

5 Feb , 2016  

Birds of a feather flock together. Sure, it might be an old idiom, but after teaming up with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, we found it to hold a lot of truth. It’s pretty simple. Perky-Pet® and our partners at Cornell want the world to know why birds matter and how we all can help […]

Backyard Battles

What to Feed Squirrels

11 Jan , 2016  

what to feed squirrels

Looking to keep a squirrel away from your bird feeders? Aside from investing in squirrel-proof bird feeders, one of the simplest options is to have a feeder specifically dedicated to squirrels! This quick guide aims to answer the most common questions about feeding squirrels, including making sure they are eating the proper food according to their […]

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Wild Bird

Where Do Winter Birds Go at Night?

5 Jan , 2016  

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On cold, winter nights when the wind is howling, it’s understandable to worry about how your wild birds are surviving the night. Don’t worry though. Between their anatomy and their instincts, they have a number of methods for staying warm. Read on to find out some of their tactics for staying safe and warm through […]

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Bird Conservation: Making Science and Bird Education Count

23 Dec , 2015  

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Perky-Pet® has created another visual guide for bird lovers, “Bird Conservation Through Education.” This guide explains how you can help fuel a young person’s interest in science, which ultimately helps the birds that you love. In an effort to help parents, grandparents and educators steer children down a pro-science path, we looked at a variety […]

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Backyard Battles

Beyond Squirrels: Chipmunks and
4 Other Bird Feeder Bandits

16 Dec , 2015  

Chipmunks are common visitors to bird feeders.

Here at Perky-Pet® we spend a lot of time building bird feeders that stop squirrels from swiping the food you put out for birds. While squirrels are the biggest culprit for stealing bird food, there are plenty of other critters that are happy to partake in the tasty treats you’re offering. That’s why we came […]

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Wild Bird

Christmas Bird Count: All Your Questions Answered

10 Dec , 2015  

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If you are looking for a change of pace this holiday season, then the Christmas Bird Count is it! This Citizen Science opportunity lets bird lovers contribute to research that helps ornithologists. What’s your part in the Christmas Bird Count? Walking around, looking and listening for birds and writing it all down. When does it […]

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Seasonal Bird Feeding

Winter bird feeding tips

8 Dec , 2015   Video

Winter bird feeding guide

When the chill of winter sets in on your yard, you may begin to worry about the birds struggling to survive the cold. They don’t have the luxury of blankets, cozy fireplaces or even a cup of hot chocolate to help them stay warm. But what they do have is you! As a bird feeding […]

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Wild Bird

Bird Conservation: Helping North America’s Birds

24 Nov , 2015  

Bird Conservation

Perky-Pet® is dedicated to educating the world on why birds matter and how we can help them. We took a look at the annual State of the Birds report and used the information there to create this infographic. Our hope is that this information can bring new light into why we love birds, why they matter […]

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Product Spotlight

Be Part of Bird Feeders for Education

18 Nov , 2015  

Blue Jays bird feeders in Education

In an effort to foster a new generation of bird scientists, Perky-Pet®  and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s BirdSleuth program has teamed up to create Bird Feeders For Education. This program allows dedicated bird feeding fans to join with Perky-Pet® in bringing educational material to students in grades 3 to 8. With each sponsorship, a qualifying teacher will be […]

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Product Spotlight

Check Out the Perky-Pet® Ontario Feeder Cam

3 Nov , 2015  

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That’s right, the world’s leading bird feeder manufacturer has teamed up once again with the bird experts at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to sponsor a live-streaming HD bird feeder camera. The high-resolution bird feeder camera is set up in Ontario, Canada, where viewers can see a wide variety of feeder birds including Evening Grosbeaks, […]

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Seasonal Bird Feeding

Roast pumpkin seeds for your bird feeders

22 Oct , 2015  

Pumpkin Seeds in bird feeders

After you carve your Jack O’Lanterns or assemble your from-scratch pumpkin pie, you may be wondering what you can do with all those pumpkin seeds. Should you throw them away? Definitely not! You can make a great natural snack for your family by roasting your pumpkin seeds with a little bit of salt. Pumpkin seeds, […]

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Seasonal Bird Feeding

Fall Bird Feeding Tips

12 Oct , 2015  

Perky-Pet Suet Feeder for birds.

With summer temperatures slowly subsiding and crisp, cool afternoons returning, you may notice a change in how often your bird feeders are being used. For nearly all of the country, activity at your hummingbird feeders has ended. Don’t worry, those little beauties will certainly return in the spring. Use this time to clean your feeders […]

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Photographer's Spotlight

Photographing the Spoonbill — Florida’s finest bird

5 Oct , 2015  

Steven Blandin's famous "Flash Of Pink" photo showing a Roseate Spoonbill in Florida.

Photographer Steven Blandin, 33, was raised in the French Caribbean and has been living in the U.S. for about 10 years. Though he has a day job, he said he’s slowly developing his nature photography business – mostly by offering bird photography tours and high-end fine art prints. In particular, he’s known for the spoonbill […]

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