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If you feed them…Part II

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Learn to identify the birds in your yard by species. Figure out who’s related to whom and how. It’s always easier to care about something you know personally. A good field guide is essential to this endeavor and will reward you daily.

Bird song is an important part of the whole birding experience. In fact, most people recognize bird songs before they know common birds by sight. The melodious sound of the robin’s song is an integral and familiar part of spring across most of North America, yet few people can actually whistle their delightful tune!

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Birding is more than just filling your feeders. As birds live and work industriously around our yards, we begin to notice behaviors that are time-tested survival strategies. Books and videos are available to help you understand the cause and effect of bird behaviors and enhance your experience immeasurably.

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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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