The benefits of attracting feathered friends to your garden are twofold: they will help to keep away unwanted bugs, such as mosquitoes and other insects that may attack your plants, and, you have the added benefit of being able to sit back, relax, and enjoy their vivid colors and lively songs all year long! Growing a garden that welcomes winged wildlife provides benefits for people as well as for birds and butterflies.
The art of attracting birds
There are countless ways to create a healthy, happy, thriving bird habitat in your backyard! A good place to start is by providing birds with the four essential things they need: food, water, shelter, and a place to nest. However, additional tips maybe used to boost your bird watching experience. Here are some examples:
• Provide a variety of food choices for birds, including insects, seeds, nuts, fruits, and nectar. This will help maximize the number of bird species that visit your feeders
• Because so many birds eat insects and worms naturally, supplementing their diet with insects and worms, which are hard to come by in the wild, is a natural thing to do. By supplying a source of protein to insectivorous birds, you will help to ensure their health and survival and add to the population visiting your yard.
• If possible, offer multiple feeding locations. Doing so will bring you more kinds of birds than a single feeder, because each species will find its own preferred feeder type, level, location and food.
• Make sure to supply plenty of clean, unfrozen water, replenished daily.
• Go wild for birds! Chances are, the plants that are native to your area will provide natural sources of food for the birds. A good place to start is by contacting a local nursery that specializes in native plant species or searching for published resources that explain how to make a bird-friendly habitat.
By providing wild birds with Pacific's Wild Bird Treats, you will be making a greater difference than perhaps you realize. Our products are chock full of proteins, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, which provide essential dietary benefits for birds during all seasons. Pacific Bird's products contain premium seeds, dried fruits, hearty nuts and protein-rich worms and insects to attract a greater variety of wild birds, and to maximize the dietary benefits of wild bird feeding all year long. Simply by providing pesticide-free protein sources year-round, you will promote health, vigor, and song in wild birds. You will also be directly helping to preserve wild bird populations by encouraging breeding and increasing nestling survivability rates. Not only will you be rewarded knowing that you have done your part to help preserve the balance of nature, but your new friends will arrive to thank you daily with their beauty and song.
It is simple: we help the birds, and they will help us too!
It's widely known that seemingly innocuous lawn and garden insecticides and herbicides can be harmful to birds. Many of these chemicals target the pests that are a food source for birds, so treated insects or seeds introduce toxic chemicals to the birds eating them. The quest for the perfect lawn often results in a bug-free, bird-free habitat with potentially harmful repercussions.
In fact, the wild birds that you attract to your home are one of your best allies in the fight against garden-devouring bugs. Without birds, bug populations would be out of control. Organic gardening is another essential ingredient in any landscape that welcomes birds and butterflies. One reason is that organic gardens are teeming with insects and other organisms that birds enjoy. Many of the insects that thrive in an organic garden are beneficial: that is, they eat other insects and keep the populations in check.
By going wild for birds and beginning to garden organically, you will eliminate the use of insecticides and herbicides that harm our feathered friends; and, you will create a natural, safe and inviting habitat for wild birds. Natural insect control, low maintenance, increased property value, and energy conservation from windbreak plantings are among the less obvious benefits of a well-planned wildlife garden.
Pacific's line of all-natural, chemical-free Wild Bird Treats serve not only as a protein-rich and nutritious feed for native wild birds, but may also be used to attract birds to your organic garden. Birds generally look for food around the same time daily, so worms and insects should be offered each day around a specified time anywhere you'd like to observe wild birds. Once birds become accustomed to finding Wild Bird Treats in your garden, they will continue to visit and eventually begin to consume the unwanted bugs lurking in your garden. Wild birds will act as a natural pesticide, protecting your garden from unwanted insects.
Don't let life fly by
Establishing a small wildlife sanctuary in your backyard will reward you by attracting a variety of birds and butterflies for you to enjoy. Many will visit, and some may actually stay to nest or rear their young in your backyard.
If birds and butterflies pass through your backyard, but never seem to stay, it may be because your yard doesn't provide a varied, long-term food supply. Birds need to find food 365 days of the year, but sourcing food is especially critical during migration and in the colder weather. Small birds eat almost constantly during daylight hours in the winter. Migratory songbirds need large amounts of food for varying amounts of time, often just a day or two.
Please remember, the availability of fresh water is just as important as a dependable source of food for winter birds. When people aren't watering lawns and gardens, a bird's water supply critically diminishes. Most people interested in having birds in their backyards tend to overlook the importance of water. In return for providing birds with food and water, you will reap the pleasure of their company. When food sources disappear, birds go elsewhere. So do your best to keep a consistent supply of both water and Pacific's Wild Bird Treats all year round for birds to enjoy!
No. Bird migration is triggered by changes in day length and hormones, not the availability of food. Birds that frequent feeders usually will not linger past their normal migration time. In fact, not only will a continuous food and water supply benefit wild birds, but a year-round feeding program will bring different species, such as migratory birds, passing through from north to south for the winter, and south to north for the summer.
So keep those feeders up if you enjoy watching the birds. You are not persuading any bird to linger beyond its time.