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Where to place your feeder?

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Visibility for you and your birds

One of your first decisions, and a very important one, is where to place your new feeder. To gain maximum satisfaction from bird feeding, you will want to enjoy your birds as part of your lifestyle. Consider where you sped the most time inside your home, perhaps at a breakfast table or desk, and try to place your feeder outside a nearby window.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Cardinal_WindowFeeder2.jpgNorthern Cardinal

Some feeders are designed to attach directly to windows. Others can be hung from short poles off windows or decks. Other feeders can be hung from trees or poles either near the house or away from it.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Pileated.jpgPileated Woodpecker

Before birds will begin using your feeder, they must see and recognize it as a food source. If there are lots of birds in your neighborhood and many people who already feed birds, this may happen very quickly. But if several weeks go by and the birds have not yet found your feeder, replace the seed and consider moving the feeder to a location more visible to your birds. Once they have adopted your feeder, you can move it back to the spot that provides maximum visibility and satisfaction for you.



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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