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Habitat management for bird viewing and aesthetics too

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We feed birds because we enjoy seeing them. There is something we can do to help us see them even better! Select the location where birds at a feeder can best be seen from a room in your house that is used often. Then plant a quick-growing shrub so it will be just behind your feeders.

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This provides a perching area that can be easily seen from inside the house and will be used often by birds before they come to your feeder and after they leave it too. Thus your birds are visible much longer than if seen only at the feeders.

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The presence of shrubbery increases not only the opportunity to see your birds, but also the total use the feeder receives. This is the reason we recommend that feeders be placed near trees and shrubs.

I am delighted to join the Birdzilla team through this blog, sharing ideas and topics related to feeding and attracting wild birds in your backyard. Bird feeding is my life-long passion,  instilled by bird-feeding parents who raised me on an 80-acre farm in central Michigan.  After college, my wife and I served as U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer high-school teachers in Africa and then as staff members over an eight-year period.
 
Those wonderful times led to 30-years of bird-feeding leadership as founder of the Wild Bird Centers, franchising and supporting wild bird specialty stores across the country. I helped found the Bird Education Network and was a key financial supporter of PROJECT WILDBIRD, I currently serve as Executive Director of the National Bird-Feeding Society. Several years ago, I was asked to join “The Birder’s Team”, a working group of birding leaders selected by the National Wildlife Refuge System to recommend ways to better serve birders. millions of whom visit our extraordinary network of more than 500 Refuges. These “conservation jewels” actively protect critical habitat and conserve bird populations of all kinds. Most recently, I served as a judge to select the winning artist for the NWRS’ 2015 Duck Stamp Contest.

I now look forward to helping our readers experience the best our wonderful hobby offers. As I often say “The closer we live to each other, the closer we want to be to Nature.”

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