One of my favorite hobbies, next to gardening, is bird watching. I have created a backyard habitat for birds in my yard, complete with certification by the National Wildlife Federation. I enjoy watching the seasons go by based on the migrations that take place through my “bird wayside”.

February has been designated as National Bird Feeding Month by Congressman John Porter (R-IL)  on February 23, 1994. If you have not yet discovered the joy of feeding birds, now is a great time to begin. Feeding birds can be as simple as placing a feeder filled with mixed seed in a location you can watch from a window. As more birds visit, you may decide to add feeders or offer food designed to attract specific birds such as Hummingbirds or Orioles.

There is a great deal of information on the web. I have included two links to help you get started or to add to your existing knowledge. The first is the National Bird Feeding Society. Membership is free if you are interested; (http://www.birdfeeding.org/nbfm.html). The second is for the National Wildlife Federation. They, too, offer a great deal of information on creating backyard habitats and give you project ideas; (http://www.nwf.org/Get-Outside/Outdoor-Activities/Garden-for-Wildlife.aspx). Both are great resources.

Another option is to stop by us at Caan Floral and Greenhouses. We have many different bird feeders and houses to choose from. Knowledgeable staff can also offer you advice about creating a “bird wayside” in your yard.

Happy Gardening!