Bird feeding is the second most popular American hobby after gardening. But there’s a lot more to bird feeding than just putting out some food for birds. Birding is a great way to feel closer to nature, to preserve and contribute to vital green spaces, and of course, to help birds and other wildlife. It’s not only rewarding to the person doing it, but to the environment as well. Read on to learn the five green reasons to start feeding the birds!
Bird Feeding Benefits Birds
By setting up feeders, bird baths, and nest boxes, as well as planting bird-friendly plants in your yard, you're creating a habitat for birds to enjoy. Many environmental changes have impacted bird populations over the years. By contributing food and shelter for your backyard birds, you’re providing vital resources to help populations nourish themselves, find mates, build nests, raise their young, and generally thrive.
Birds Benefit the Environment
Birds play an essential role in our ecosystem. Hummingbirds are a primary pollinator for many important plants, including plants humans use for food and medicine. Without beneficial pollinators like birds, many of these plants could die off. Likewise, seed-eating birds help plants to spread and thrive. Birds that eat seeds leave them behind in their droppings. This has helped many plants to be dispersed to new places and to revitalize ecosystems that have been damaged or destroyed.
So, when we feed the birds, we’re doing more than just bringing beautiful sights and sounds to our own backyards – we’re giving a boost to the local environment as well!
Low Impact Hobby
The hobby is primarily centered around observation, so it has a low impact on the local environment. A birding excursion away from your own backyard requires little more than a pair of good shoes and a notepad to track your sightings – so it makes for good exercise as well! Bird watching takes nothing from the environment and, when people are conscientious, leaves nothing behind. It’s also a very quiet, peaceful hobby so there’s no worry of disrupting people with noise pollution.
Sustainable Bird Feeder Options
Hobbies often require a lot of accessories, many of which are disposable or made from non-sustainable materials. Bird feeders on the other hand, are available in a variety of eco-friendly materials. Wood and bamboo seed feeders and bird houses are long lasting and very green since they’re made from highly renewable resources.
Many hummingbird feeders boast glass bottles, which tend to have a better environmental footprint than plastic because of their durability. We also offer replacement ports and bee guards so you can refresh your hummingbird feeders as needed, rather than throw the whole feeder away if a port gets lost or broken. At Perky-Pet®, we also strive to reduce our footprint by using minimal packaging on our products.
Many Ways to Reduce Waste
In addition to having many sustainable store-bought feeders to choose from, there are also many DIY bird feeder options at your fingertips. Repurpose pinecones, wine bottles, and other materials from around your home to make your own feeding stations.
Carving pumpkins this fall? Rather than throwing all the seeds away and letting them go to waste, you can serve them up as a tasty treat for your birds.
Want to Learn More?
There are so many reasons to get involved in bird feeding. At Perky-Pet® we love learning about backyard birds and sharing our knowledge with likeminded birding enthusiasts. Want to join in on the fun? Share your pictures, stories, and advice with us on Facebook or our Birding Community. You can also subscribe to our e-newsletter to stay up to date with our birding advice, new products, and exclusive offers.