Posted Friday, 17 June 2011 16:20
For the past few weeks, many Utahns have enjoyed spectacular wildlife watching—colorful, up close, lively. And they've enjoyed it from the comfort of their home!
Placing a bird feeder in your back yard can lead to some amazing wildlife watching.
Photo by Phil Douglass
Each spring, neotropical songbirds migrate from their winter homes to their summer homes. In the process, they take advantage of bird feeders that residents have placed in back yards across Utah.
And this year, some species of birds have been taking advantage of bird feeders in big numbers.
"Last year, we had one (lazuli bunting) at our feeder," says William Pollett, a noted naturalist and a popular English professor at Weber State University. "This year, we had 25."
A fun, year-round activity
Bird feeding has often been viewed as an activity you do in the winter.
"In reality, having bird feeding stations in your yard is a great year-round activity," says Phil Douglass, regional conservation outreach manager with the Division of Wildlife Resources. "With proper planning, any yard can have a 'living, feathered landscape.'"
Douglass provides some tips to help you start your own bird feeding station:
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