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If you feed them…Part I

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Maybe it began for you with the gift of a feeder and a curious chickadee, or with a bag of peanuts and an enthusiastic jay. Or maybe it’s just something you have about now and then. But somehow the idea of feeding your birds has gotten under your skin. So how do you begin the joyous hobby of feeding wild birds?

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First and foremost, bring them to you. Offer food, water, shelter and cover, the four essential ingredients for a healthy bird habitat. A good starter feeder will accommodate a wide variety of birds but still fit into space available. Black-oil sunflower seed alone or mixed with other popular seeds will attract most feeder birds. A few nest boxes and a water source will enhance your setting.

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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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