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Offering Mealworms with a Western Flavor

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We often recommend presenting mealworms to add new excitement and attract new species to your backyard feeding program. Note the potential range of species which can be attracted by meal worms in some plains, foothills, and mountain settings (depending on your elevation, habitat type and weather conditions):


American Robin                                     Mountain Chickadee
Black-billed Magpie                              Red-shafted Flicker
Back-capped Chickadee                      Pygmy Nuthatch
Black-headed Grosbeak                      Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper                                     Spotted Towhee
Downy Woodpecker                            Various Jays
Flycatchers                                             Junco
Hairy Woodpecker                               Various Warblers
House Wren                                          Western Bluebird
Mountain Bluebird                              Western Tanager
                                                                White-breasted Nuthatch


Tip: When first feeding mealworms it will take time for your birds to adjust to this new food source. You may want to start with a small quantity, such as 100 to 500 mealworms.  Now get ready for more bird feeding fun than ever!

Northern Flicker (top photo) © Shanna Dennis

2nd Photo - Red-breasted Nuthatch. © Janet-Furlong-Culpeper.

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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