Diverse in form, colors and habits, Alaska's winter birds fascinate observers. However, low numbers of birds, their secretive habits, and the short winter days make bird_watching difficult. Cold binoculars and frozen fingers don't help matters, either! Bird_feeding is a popular way of attracting some winter birds to areas where their beauty and activities can be enjoyed. This hobby is a rewarding way to learn more about birds and other wildlife. The success of a bird_feeding station is determined by the time it is operated, the types of food offered, and the placement of feeders. The following information is meant to help you operate a feeding station that will attract a variety of birds. More information on bird_feeding and on bird identification can be found at your local library or bookstore.
Building a Better Bird House. Even the best bird house plans or easiest projects can often be adjusted to be even more bird_friendly. A good bird house will be a prime nesting spot for years, and new bird families will raise many generations of baby birds in a safe, sturdy, attractive house. To make a bird house more bird_friendly. Include ventilation holes to reduce heat and keep nestlings comfortable; Add drainage holes to remove waste and water and help with ventilation, Use a deep roof overhang or countersunk hole to keep rain out of the house, Choose only natural building materials. Untreated hardwood is best, Do not paint or varnish the house interior(which could be toxic), Choose natural exterior colors that blend with the surroundings for camouflage, Avoid houses with perches that make it easier for predators to reach nestlings, Include a hinged roof or side door that can be opened for seasonal cleaning. By understanding the key elements of a bird_friendly nesting spot before you build a bird house, you can be sure the house you create is safe, comfortable and attractive to birds. With a good house, you can enjoy generations of bird families nesting nearby and reap the rewards of being a responsible bird landlord.