Spruce and hemlock trees provide excellent cover; birch, willow, and alder provide natural seed sources, and some berry_producing plants attract birds that rarely come to feeders. A brush pile also can provide cover for some birds. For more information, read "Landscaping for Wildlife in Alaska." Types of Feeders and Where to Place Them: Different birds prefer different sorts of feeders and locations, so to get the most variety of birds, use two or more feeders. A suet feeder on a tree and a window_ or tray_feeder for seeds is the simplest combination. The feeders shown below are just examples; use your imagination to design feeders that match the landscape and architecture of your home.
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.