My Puffball Birdies: Feeding Winter Wildlife

Remember the 3 W’s: Winter Wildlife need Water

“Feed the birds and what do you get? FAT BIRDS.” ~Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins

One of the most important things we can do for wildlife during the winter, besides protecting their habitat which provides shelter and nesting sites, is leaving out water.  This week most of my makeshift birdbaths are frozen solid, so I make sure to bring out a shallow bowl or plate of fresh water daily.  Dehydration can become a problem for animals when most available water freezes, so maintaining a winter water source is vital.

And the birdies are sure pudgy in winter!

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Our dentist in Fond du lac, keeps his birds well fed throughout the year. He has big windows all along the back of the building, so you can watch all species of birds, chipmunks, and squirrels. He has heated water pumps for the winter, so his water never freezes and the birds stay hydrated and very plump!


I love the image of a dentist enjoying birds all year. And sharing ’em with his patients.

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