I think of wild birds as Nature’s Ambassadors. Along with their musical songs and aerial grace, they also benefit the world behind the scenes. From helping to keep insect and rodent populations in check, to helping plants, shrubs and trees by spreading the seeds, the world would never be the same without them.
Tips to help birds thrive: Feed resident seedeaters with seeds (we use sunflower) & suet in winter. Leave seed-heads standing in your garden through the winter, especially native plant seeds such as purple coneflowers. Clean feeders & birdbaths regularly for disease prevention. Keep hummingbird feeders clean & clear from mold, ants & bees. If you have birdhouses, read about the proper sizes & care of them. It’s a win-win situation — birds eat insect pests in the garden, fill the air with birdsong, and are fun to watch.
A good resource for bird info: Cornell Lab of Ornithology website: allaboutbirds.org