Columbus, Ohio
We can show you how to turn your yard into a birdfeeding habitat that brings song, color and life to your home.

10% OFF OpticsOptics-Web

Through 2/20/2017, or while supplies last

In preparation for the Great Backyard Bird Count you can save 10% on any Binoculars, Spotting Scopes, Tripods, Harness Strap and Lens Pens purchased by 2/20/2017!

Whether you are birding from your kitchen table or through the jungles of Costa Rica, we can make make it a better experience with the right pair of binoculars! Stop in the store and let us help you find the prefect pair of optics for your birding adventures! 

 

 

Great Backyard Bird Count

Your Backyard Counts!

Take Part in the Great Backyard Bird Count: February 17 - 20

When you feed birds in your backyard, it shows that you value having a daily relationship with nature and that you are willing to take action to foster it.

Like many of us, if you have been feeding birds for a while…you probably have a reputation. Your friends, neighbors and relatives likely see you as a person who loves nature, and they value your willingness to share the enjoyment of “your” backyard birds at a moment's notice.

Your hobby and your backyard truly count as things that bring you joy and are important to you.

The Great Backyard Bird Count gives you the opportunity to make them count even more than ever by participating in this annual event which links citizens with scientists in an effort to collect important data about backyard birds.

The GBBC is a joint project of Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society and is sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited. It takes place each February. Count the birds in your backyard, and then simply report the information online at http://gbbc.birdcount.org/.

Your information becomes part of an extensive data base that is analyzed by scientists to better understand important trends in bird populations, range expansions, habitat changes and shifts in migration patterns.

Make your backyard count even more for the birds when you participate in this year’s GBBC. And to ensure the birds all show up to be counted, visit our store for the widest variety of great bird food products!

 

 

How To: Bird Feeder Maintenance

Clean FeedersKeeping your feeders clean and fresh is one of the most important factors in attracting birds to your yard. A dirty feeder is not only unappealing to you, but also to your birds.

 

Don't worry, there are 3 simple steps to keep your feeder clean and fresh for the birds!

Step 1: Rotate Old Seed to the Top of Your Feeder

Most birds will instinctively eat from the top perches of a feeder first, leaving the bottom alone. An easy remedy to keeping your seed fresh is to rotate the old seed to the top of your feeder before refilling it. Simply take a small bucket or cup to empty the old seed into, fill your feeder half way full and then put the older seed on top. This will keep the bottom of your feeder from becoming compacted with old seed and possibly molding.

This is especially true of Thistle feeders for your finches.  Since Thistle seed can dry out so quickly, moving it to the top of your feeder guarantees it will be eaten in time. Your feeder will be cleaner and no seed will be wasted.

 

Step 2: Regular Maintenance of Your Feeder

Every 1-2 months we recommend taking your feeder down and washing it out with warm, soapy water and a stiff bristled brush. This will prevent any mold or bacteria build up in your feeders, as well as keep them looking new for much longer.  If you have an especially tough time getting your feeder clean try soaking it in a 10% bleach solution for 15 minutes. Just make sure to wash the feeder off thoroughly and let it dry in the sun to break up any remaining bleach residue. 

Cleaning your feeder regularly will keep it looking good for longer and encourage birds to visit it more often.

 

Step 3: Keep Your Feeder Dry

Wet seed can quickly clog your feeder, or even begin to mold. Birds don't want to eat moldy food any more than we do. Using a weather guard over your feeder or Feeder Fresh™ inside it can help prevent wet and moldy seed. If the feeder is only a little damp, a simple shake can get enough air into it to allow the seed to dry.  Also make sure the feeder is dry every time you fill it. A dry feeder means less often maintenance to keep your seed fresh!

A few simple products can keep your feeder looking fresh and appealing to the birds.

24" Feeder Brush

A long handled brush can easily get down into any tube feeder to make cleaning a snap!

 

WBU Weather Guard

Keep your feeder dry with a Wild Birds Unlimited Weather Guard. Prevent rain and snow from getting while allowing your birds to feed in harsh weather conditions. Having dry seed in your feeder will require far less maintenance than a feeder full of wet seed!