Spotted Towhee in the snow. Stock photo.

Spotted Towhee

Well, here we are. Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and the start of Hannukah. It’s so easy to get “wrapped up” in our holiday preparations that we forget to include the birds in the festivities.

If you’re looking for a way to spread some cheer to our feathered friends, I’ve assembled a short list (very short, so we can all get right back to our holiday plans) to help us do just that.

1. Make a birdseed and suet wreath for the birds. Suet is a very helpful dietary component for birds during the cold winter months, and this oldie-but-goodie article will show you how to make a wreath they’ll really enjoy. Add dried mealworms for extra nutrition. Don’t forget the bow!

2. Give an end-of-the-year gift to your favorite nature charity. The larger nature foundations do wonderful work and have a reach that is far and wide, but did you know local wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centers need your gifts the most? If you’re in the Pacific Northwest, you can find one close to you here.

3. After Christmas, give your tree, wreaths, and garlands to the birds. Recycle your tree and pine boughs, etc., by turning them into protection against harsh weather and predators. Learn more in this article from Cornell.


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