When deciding where to place your feeders, remember that birds need protection from wind and predators, as well as perches to use while waiting to use the feeder. Thus, a feeder placed in the middle of an open yard may attract few birds. Try to put your feeders near shrubs and trees. However, thick vegetation around a feeder may provide ambush cover for cats. Keep free_roaming cats out of your yard, if possible. Put your feeders where they can be easily observed from a window to get the most enjoyment from them.
Snags provide "hawking" perches for flycatchers and resting perches for swallows. Flycatchers perch on a branch, fly out to snatch insects, and then return to the same branch to watch for other insects. Large natural cavities, formed in snags by decay, often provide homes for a variey of mammals including marten, porcupine, bats, bushy_tailed woodrats, northern flying squirrels, and other species. When left to decay and fall over naturally, large hollow snags may provide den sites for larger animals like mink, lynx, red fox, and wolverine. To help provide homes for this wide variety of animals, leave dead trees standing whenever possible, particularly snags larger than 6 inches in diameter and/or any containing woodpecker holes or other cavities.