February is National Bird Feeding Month! According to nationaltoday.com, this designation was given on February 23, 1994, when Congressman John Porter (R – Illinois) petitioned, ‘‘I would like to recognize February, one of the most difficult months in the United States for wild birds, as National Bird-Feeding Month. During this month, individuals are encouraged to provide food, water, and shelter to help wild birds survive. This assistance benefits the environment by supplementing the wild bird’s natural diet of weed seeds and insects.’’
So, on wintery days when you don’t want to go out in the cold, here’s a way to enjoy bringing nature closer, but not inside. Bird watching and feeding is a hobby that doesn’t take a lot of fancy equipment. Generally, some kind of bird feeder and bird food, and if you’d like, a pair of binoculars and a bird book, are all that is needed.
Unless you already have unsalted sunflower seeds or peanuts (in or out of the shell – either is fine), you will probably need to purchase bird food. It is readily available and comes in a number of varieties, any of which will do.