Feeding Backyard Birds in Winter

David Mizejewski (courtesy photo)
David Mizejewski (courtesy photo)

WYOMING NEWS SERVICE, Cheyenne, WY – Some wild birds need to eat 10,000 calories a day to survive, and Wyomingites can help supplement bird diets by putting out feeders in the winter.

Black oil sunflower seed is a favorite of many backyard birds in this area, according to the National Wildlife Federations' David Mizejewski. He recommends setting out several feeders with different types of seeds and suet, and then make plans for this spring to create more natural winter habitat for birds.

He says feeders need to be kept clean and dry. If mold develops, disinfect feeders with a mixture of one part bleach to nine parts water.

For those in Wyoming bear country, feeders should be stored in a garage or shed at night. NWF estimates that 50-million people across the country stock feeders this time of year.

Mizejewski says there are some myths about wild bird feeding, such as if you start feeding, you can't stop, or birds will be harmed.

The National Wildlife Federation offers a Certified Wildlife Habitat program, to help Wyomingites choose landscape elements.

In Sheridan, backyard birds do not fall into the category of the wildlife feeding ban within City limits recently passed by the Sheridan City Council.

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