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Winter Water

American Goldfinches in winter by Jim Weisman

American Goldfinches on a heated birdbath (Photo by Jim Weisman)

Want to attract more birds to your yard this winter? Supply a source of open water!

When temperatures drop, birds are in a constant struggle to maintain their body temperatures. A steady source of fats and proteins will help to nourish and fuel birds’ metabolic needs and keep them warm. But also important—a source of water that is accessible (i.e. not ice) and doesn’t require using body heat to melt it (i.e. snow). The solution: open water provided by a heated birdbath.

Take a look at the video below to learn more about providing open water to backyard birds in the winter!

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