Birds play an important role in the ecosystem, helping to keep it in balance by pollinating with seeds and controlling pesky insect populations. They’re also lovely creatures that add beauty to the world with their colorful plumage and melodious songs.
History of Feed The Bird Day
Feed the Birds Day was created in 1994 to encourage people to help birds during the winter season when food is scarce. Celebrated in February as part of National Bird-Feeding Month, this day occurs during the coldest part of the year when the snow is thick and it's difficult for birds to find food.
This day is especially important for birds because February is the last stretch of winter, and their food reserves are often running low by this point. By providing food for birds on this day, we can help them make it through the rest of winter until they can find food on their own again.
This season is especially dangerous for birds because they require extra calories from food to maintain their body heat, but don't have the energy to go out looking for it. Most of the seeds they eat will be buried under the snow where they can't access it.
Feed the Birds Day is a day celebrated to spread awareness about what birds eat so that they receive the proper nutrition they need to survive. Birds require seed blends that are higher in calories and help them produce the energy needed to fly and maintain flight instead of bread, which most humans believe to be a healthy food source.
The best seeds to include in a birdfeeder are black-oil sunflower, nyjer (or thistle seed,) white proso millet, and sunflower chips. Red milo seed (sorghum) should be avoided because birds won't even consume it when mixed with other seeds. Red milo seed (sorghum) should be avoided because birds won't even consume it when mixed with other seeds.
Once birds learn that they can get a steady source of food from your bird feeder, they will rely on it, so it’s important to stay consistent with the feeding schedule.
Besides bird food, people are also encouraged to set up heated bird watering stations so that birds have easy access to water in a safe space.
What to Do on Feed the Birds Day?
There are tons of different fun ways to celebrate Feed the Birds Day. Here are a few ideas to help you make the most of the day:
-Get together with a group of friends and make bird feeders out of recycled materials
-Plan a nature hike and take along some bird seed to feed the feathered friends you encounter along the way
-Have a picnic in your backyard and keep an eye out for birds while you enjoy your meal
-Head to your local park and see how many different types of birds you can spot
Put The Bird Food Outside
As the bleak winter months come to an end, it's time to give the birds a little helping hand. Feed the Birds Day is the perfect opportunity to get outside and fill up that bird feeder. Not only will the birds appreciate it, but it's also a great way to get motivated and enjoy the fresh air.
Get Creative With Bird Feeder
In honour of Feed the Birds Day, consider making some unique and eye-catching bird feeders hang in your backyard or front yard. Bird feeders can be made from a variety of materials that can be found around the house, in the garage, or the shed. You can get as creative as you like, and it's a fun activity to do with the kids too!
Plan a Bird-Friendly Backyard
As we look forward to the spring season, Feed the Birds Day would be a nice opportunity to think about ways to turn that backyard into a place that's more attractive for our winged buddies!
To Sum Up
Birds are a vital part of our ecosystem and their survival is important to us all. Feed the Birds Day is a day of awareness and education, aimed at helping people learn about the best ways to support birds during the winter months. By feeding them the right types of food, we can help them stay healthy and safe.
This day is also a chance for us to raise awareness about the challenges birds face when it comes to conservation. The more knowledge we have, the better equipped we are to create an environment in which they can thrive. So let's all do our part in helping our feathered friends this winter!