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  

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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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Wild Bird

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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Seasonal Bird Feeding

How to help the Boreal Forest: North America’s Songbird Nursery

30 Sep , 2015  

Boreal Chickadee

Chances are you’re familiar with the Amazon, the massive rain forest covering much of South America. Its plight has been well documented for several decades now – developers and farmers regularly wipe out large sections of this forest as they exploit its resources. This activity has led to increased world attention on the area, which has […]

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Product Spotlight

Check out the Perky-Pet® hummingbird feeder cam

24 Sep , 2015  

Magnificent Hummingbirds

If you love hummingbirds, then you’ll be thrilled to learn about Perky-Pet®’s latest venture! The world’s leading bird feeder manufacturer has joined forces with the world-famous Cornell Lab of Ornithology on a live-streaming hummingbird cam. The high-resolution bird feeder cam was set up in West Texas, where 11 hummingbird species have already been spotted visiting […]

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Backyard Battles

Wild Bird Predator Guide: Protect Birds in Your Yard

28 Aug , 2015  

Feral cats

Every bird that stops by your bird feeders must remain vigilant during its visit. In fact, your feathered visitors check their surroundings for predators and prefer to feed at feeder with a wide viewing area. Even though birds have a keen sight, predators can be hiding close by, waiting to ambush. It’s an unfortunate truth, but the backyard […]

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Species Spotlight

Species Spotlight: Red-tailed Hawk

25 Aug , 2015  

Red-tailed Hawk

Even though it is rarely found in backyards or residential areas, the Red-tailed Hawk still makes its presence known as one of the most commonly spotted hawks in North America. You can usually see them comfortably resting atop telephone poles and other high perches as they survey the land below for their next meal. Another […]

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Backyard Battles

The Birds and the Bees: Battling Bugs at Hummingbird Feeders

18 Aug , 2015  

Bees at hummingbird feeders

We’re pretty sure you already know all about the birds and the bees – at least in the form of “the talk” parents have with their kids as they reach that certain age. What you may be less familiar with is the lesson about how birds – hummingbirds, in particular –have to deal with bees, […]

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Backyard Battles

All About Squirrel Nests

17 Aug , 2015  

Squirrel prepares to build nest

Squirrels are always entertaining guests in your yard. They bound around and look cute thanks to their fuzzy tails and adorable little button eyes. They’re amazing acrobats and climbers. They’re also highly intelligent — they can learn, solve problems and even be trained to feed straight out of our hands. But what do we really […]

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Photographer's Spotlight

Photographer’s Spotlight:
Laura Bentley and the spirit of nature

7 Aug , 2015  

Laura Bentley bird photography

Laura Bentley was born in Nova Scotia, Canada, and then moved across the country to Alberta. She now has four children, aged 9 to 15 years. Laura’s interest in photography began shortly after she was diagnosed with severe chronic pain disorder (fibromyalgia) and severe migraine disorder. We asked Laura about how her disability led to […]

Species Spotlight

Species Spotlight: Black-capped Chickadee

4 Aug , 2015  

Black-capped Chickadee facts

Even if you’re not an avid bird watcher, chances are you are able to identify this round, friendly and petite wild bird as the Black-capped Chickadee. These birds frequent backyard feeders and can be found year round, establishing nests in bird boxes or deciduous and mixed forests throughout North America. Their energetic and bouncy flight […]

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Birdscaping

Bird Waterers: The Importance

of a Water Source for Birds

15 Jul , 2015  

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Just like us, our wild bird friends need water for survival. Whether our backyard visitors are cleaning their plumage or just washing down their food; water is the best way to attract birds and complement a birdscaped backyard. One of the easiest ways to bring a water source to your yard is to add a […]

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Product Spotlight

It’s Hummingbird Happy Hour at the Hummerbar®

15 Jul , 2015   Video

Perky-Pet Hummerbar 2 FT

Ever wonder what hummingbirds are really thinking when they are at the feeder? Perky-Pet® has determined what’s going on when hummingbirds visit the ever-popular Hummerbar®. As it turns out, the Hummerbar® is a social gathering that hummingbirds can’t seem to resist! With dozens of feeder ports, this ol’ waterin’ hole can serve a hungry flock […]

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Wild Bird

How to attract birds with water

5 Jul , 2015  

Attract birds with water

If you are looking for a new way to attract birds to your yard, then consider what covers about 71% of the Earth’s surface – water! Birds need water just as much as they need food. In the same way we use water in a variety of ways, so do birds. Beyond quenching their thirst […]

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