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Spring seasonal tips
Your Spring Backyard Checklist
Use the Best Nest Builder, made of cotton fibers, to provide nesting material.
Offer mealworms to help the adults feed their young. Orioles feed their young caterpillars and are especially attracted to mealworm feeders while young are in the nest.
Use calcium-rich suet during egg laying time such as Pacific Bird® and Supply suet cakes and Attractor™ nutritional suet plugs in various flavors.
Offer suet pellets and dried or live mealworms in a dish, tray or platform feeder. These are more accessible to cardinals, who have difficulty eating from a suet cage.
Use liquid or powder nectar with Nectar Defender™ already added to keep your nectar fresh longer. Great for use at the cabin when larger capacity nectar feeders will be unattended for a week.
Attract orioles with nectar (change every three days), oranges, mealworms and grape jelly. Put feeders out the last week of April.
Do not use Kool-Aid®, honey, or artificial sweeteners in nectar feeders. Easy-to-use nectar concentrate is available for purchase in liquid or powder. Put feeders out the last week of April.
Hang nectar feeders from an ant moat filled with water or an Antguard®, which repels ants.
Scrub birdbaths with 9 parts water to 1 part bleach. Rinse well. For a safe and healthy bird bath add Bird Bath Protector™ to the just-cleaned bath.
Add a Water Wiggler™ to your birdbath. It attracts more birds and prevents mosquitoes from laying their eggs by moving the water constantly.
Store seed in the freezer or outside the house (in metal containers ) to avoid moths. Hang a moth trap, available at our stores, near seed containers in the garage.
Use Golden Safflower to avoid attracting grackles and starlings while still attracting cardinals, goldfinches, chickadees and house finches.
Serve Bye, Bye Starling to avoid attracting starlings while still providing a bird seed mix that appeals to a variety of other backyard birds.
Apply Window Alerts™ to prevent just-fledged juvenile birds from hitting your windows.
Found a baby bird? If it is sparsely feathered and not capable of hopping, walking, flitting or gripping tightly to your finger, it’s a nestling: look for the nearby nest and put the bird back in the nest or put it on a protected branch. If the bird is feathered and capable of hopping and flitting it is a fledgling and should be left alone: the parents are nearby and are watching and feeding the fledgling.
Found an injured bird? Contact the Wildlife Rehab Center at 651-486-9453. wrcmn.org
Plan to add berry producing plants like high bush cranberry, plants for cover like arborvitae and seed producing plants like purple cone flower and sunflower to your backyard.
Rub mint leaves or mint extract on nectar ports to deter bees from feeders.