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February is National Bird Feeding Month

Female Cardinal Bird sitting on a Bird Feeder with snow on it

February is National Bird Feeding Month

Written By: Rachel Rice, Naturalist at Cincinnati Parks Avon Woods Nature Center

“Hope is the thing with feathers”, poet Emily Dickinson wrote. Perhaps she understood the peace and joy that watching the birds can bring, even on the chillest of winter days.

There is nothing quite so cheery as to see a bright red cardinal on the backdrop of a dreary landscape. We can often encourage this scene by making our backyard a haven for our feathered friends. Native birds have had their share of challenges as of late – from noise and light pollution, to loss of habitat and food sources. Setting up a simple feeder in your yard can bring a whole host of ornithological wonders to your window. Many birds, unlike other animals, are known to traverse far and wide for feeder stops, whether in pastoral countrysides or densely packed urban areas. Next time you’re out getting your groceries, pick up some seed to set out for the birds and see who drops by.

If you’re interested in some backyard beginner birding basics, come out to our program on Feb. 29. You’ll get to know the nuthatches from the tufted titmice and what fare they enjoy.

Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 09:00 am to 10:30 pm
Avon Woods Nature Center, 4235 Paddock Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45229

Do you know your feathered backyard visitors? February is national bird feeding month! Join us for an early morning outdoor walk and indoor bird-watch. We’ll learn about common feeder visitors and what fare they enjoy. You’ll also get to create your own simple feeder to take home. Appropriate for families of all ages!  Space is limited please reserve your free spot by February 27 at 513-861-3435 or email Rachel.rice@cincinnati-oh.gov