Feeding birds in the winter is a very important, more so now a days as you may be saving their lives. Every year it is getting harder and harder for birds to find enough food. With the encroachment of new construction their natural habitats are being eliminated and so is their food sources. Even if you are not a bird watcher you can be an important part of helping the ecology of your neighborhood and the surrounding community. In the winter especially if there is a lot of snow cover birds have a very hard time finding enough to eat.
You can help these feathered friends by placing a bird feeder or two in your yard or garden. This is a perfect project for those who have children. A bird feeder and bag of food cost less than a movie but for small children you can create an entertainment that is not only educational but will entertain them for hours and hours. Be sure your bird feeder is hung near a window where the children will be able to see it. When it is time to fill the bird feeder make sure you let the children help. If you purchase a book on birds that frequent your area you can use this as a learning experience by looking at the book with the children and reading about the different kinds of birds.
Birds are more than just entertaining though, they eat insects help to spread seed of flowers and shrubs as well as being part of the natural order. Birds are also an important part of food our food chain. They are raised for food such as chickens and turkeys. Their dropping are processed for fertilizer so the do have a significant economic impact.
But why feed them. It is estimated that since Victorian times we have lost hundreds of species and there are many today that are on the verge of extinction. We have a moral obligation to be good stewards of the land. Something we had forgotten for a while which has done great damage to the earth and which we are now trying to fix. By setting up feeding stations we are helping in this endeavor. While feeding birds in the winter is very important, it is a good idea to provide for them all year.
I personally feel that we are being a bit selfish when we feed birds for we are receiving so much more than we are giving. The sounds of birds singing on a crisp clear spring morning brings a feeling of warmth and well being. By attracting birds we let ourselves in for hours of entertainment watching as pecking orders are established or males try to impress the females with their big show of fancy gyrations and struts. Watching as baby birds are taught to fly and fend for themselves. Yes for a couple of bucks a month we can catch some of the greatest shows on earth right in our own backyards.