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We love the Dark-Eyed Junco

Learn about the life and habits of one of the cutest birds around -- the Dark-Eyed Junco. This little bird hasn't got the striking colors or unique look of some, but it's hard not to enjoy their presence. 

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Our Four Favorite Bird Feeding Crafts

Arts and crafts is always a fun time for the whole family. We've got a few favorite birding crafts that will warm the hearts of your backyard feathered friends. Here are four of our favorite bird feeding crafts, including materials, instructions, and a picture or two. Let's get crafty...

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What to Do If You Find an Injured Bird

By now wild birds are flocking to your bird feeders and darting across your yard; what a welcome sight! But seasoned bird advocates know that bird feeding, and watching, isn’t always all about Cardinals and Blue Jays. The most common backyard dangers, like windows, and predators, like rogue cats, can injure your favorite feathered friends.

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How to Attract Birds in Spring

After a winter that seemed like it would never end, your backyard friends should be coming out of their nooks to bring color and song to your garden, porch or bird feeding oasis.  If you are reading this, we know you are eager to see them too!

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How Do Birds Sleep?

Birds sleep in their nests, right? The answer to this question may surprise you. Nests are not used for sleeping in the bird world. Nests, for the birds that make them, are used for housing eggs and chicks.

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National Bird Feeding Month

February is National Bird Feeding Month. The observance was established because it's one of the most difficult months in most of the U.S. for birds to survive in the wild. Over the years, this celebratory time period has evolved and many organizations take this opportunity to publicize wild bird feeding.

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Identifying Birds at Your Feeders

When you first notice the brilliant yellow and black colors of a small bird at one of your feeders in your yard, all you can do is admire it. However, when you learn that the bird is an Evening Grosbeak, you'll know that a simple tube feeder with Black-oil Sunflower seeds will keep him coming back. Identifying the birds that frequent your yard can make you a better host by being able to know what type of feeders and foods they like best.

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Smart, Fall Birdscaping

When you think about planting and landscaping, do you picture a spring or fall day? Even though a majority of planting activity occurs after the first frost of the spring, taking an interest in birdscaping your yard in the fall will please all of your feathered friends. The three essentials to transforming your yard into a wild bird habitat include: Food, Water, and Shelter.

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Five Birding Myths Proven False

Like any hobby there are tricks to the trade and expert knowledge that many individuals can benefit from: wild bird feeding is no different. Whether you've been feeding birds for a few months, or years, the rumor mill is always running. We're here to set your mind at ease and put five popular bird feeding myths to rest.

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Birds #1 Nemesis: The Squirrel

Squirrels can be wily creatures, especially when it comes to getting at your feeders, but there are things you can do to live with them!

From a squirrel’s perspective, bird feeders are a candy dish filled with tasty bird seed, glistening in the sunlight, just waiting for a crafty creature like themselves to partake in the bounty.

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Birds Need Water During Drought - And You Can Help!

Do your part to help protect and preserve our feathered friends with bird feeding!

In light of our current drought, bird lovers need to unite and help save our feathered friends! Bird feeding isn’t just about providing seed, it’s caring for them in several ways... and water is a very important element all living mammals need in order to survive.

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Birding with Kids

“I’m bored!” Parents and grandparents have heard this phrase one too many times, especially over summer break. Now is the perfect time to introduce them to bird feeding!

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Maximize Your Feeder's Winter Potential

Have you been seeing many birds at your feeders so far this winter?  Well here are a few tips that will ensure the birds continue to flock to your yard as temperatures continue to drop.

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Birds That Dream of a Winter Wonderland!

Whether you can’t wait to see snowflakes or you’re dreading the thought of freezing temperatures, there’s one thing all of us birders have in common… we’re sad to see our backyard birds go.

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American Crows - The Good, The Bad and The Noisy!

Whether you’re an avid birder or just a beginner, everyone knows a crow when they see one. With their jet black exterior and loud, unmistakable caws, the American Crow can be found over most of the continental US and Canada.

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We're Baaack - Bluebirds Are Here To Stay

During the 1920s and 1970s bluebirds were in danger because of their shrinking population. However, because of bird lovers like you, they’re back and better than ever!

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Celebrate National Bird Feeding Month... From Your Couch

February is National Bird Feeding Month and it looks like spring will be here sooner than expected - I’m thinking the birds will be pretty excited about the weather warming up!

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The American Robin: Top 10 Most Interesting Facts

Robins have a sweet tooth! Fruits, berries, sweet cakes, and even pastry dough are among their favorites. Find out more about this well-known bird.

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Bird Feeding For the Holidays

With the holidays approaching, you should be planning what to feed your feathered friends for this time of year.

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The Season Survivors - Birds!

Believe it or not, birds are very instinctive creatures and where there’s a will, there’s a way.

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Make Your Own Birdcall Ringtone

Now you can take your favorite birdcall and turn it into your own unique ringtone for your mobile phone.

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Help Prevent Harmful Pesticide Use: an important message by the American Bird Conservancy

It is estimated that as many as 67 million birds are killed by pesticides in the United States each year, and millions more suffer from reduced breeding success as a result of poisonings.

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Connecting Kids to Nature by Bill Fenimore

One of the delights that I experience on a daily basis in my Wild Bird Center is introducing children to nature.

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Celebrate National Bird Feeding Month!

Winter is hanging tough in much of North America - the cold temperatures are stagnant, the wind continues to whip and the snow is still flurrying... so what about the birds?

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You're Invited To A Wild Bird Party!

If you’ve never experienced a birding festival – you need to! Not only are the festivals a fun event shared by fellow hobbyists, festivals support wild bird conservation efforts.

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Wild Bird Dangers Series Volume 1: Birds Be Wary!

The number one danger to wild birds seems to be a toss-up between window collisions and cats. There is no clear evidence as to which is truly number one, although they both are the cause of millions of bird deaths each year.

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Wild Bird Etiquette - Anting

Researchers have identified over 200 species of birds that have been spotted putting ants in their feathers. This is called anting and is done as a way to rid or reduce external parasites – it can also soothe a bird's skin irritations.

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Prep Your Pad For Fall Feathered Friends

Heading south, anyone? Fall marks the beginning of migration season for most birds and it's time for us to start thinking about how we can prepare our backyards to welcome those on their southbound journey. Also, how can we make a nice home for our year-round friends.

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Birding In The City

Although they may be the majority, pigeons are not the only birds that can be found living in big cities. If you live in a city-setting you can attract many of the same birds that visit your suburban and rural neighborhoods.

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Preparing For Spring Bird Feeding

The best time of year for back yard birding enthusiasts has got to be spring time when song birds and hummingbirds are returning from their winter vacations. During migration, finding food is priority #1!

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Raising a Birding Enthusiast

Nature is a fascinating thing for young children- how do trees grow so big or why is the sky blue. Birds can be especially interesting to children because of their ability to fly! This stage of life is a great time to encourage this interest in birds and to make a life-long bird feeding and bird watching partner.

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School's Out For Birding

Put the backpacks away and grab your bird-noculars! Summer is one of the perfect times to introduce kids to the outdoors, nature, and the hobby of birdwatching. One of the easiest ways to get your child interested is by having them bird watch and feed with you

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