For many birds, winter is the most dangerous time of year. Deciduous trees lose their leaves, exposing birds to predators and the elements. Many food sources are buried under snow, and water sources may freeze.
Around the world, many bird lovers try to help birds in the winter by putting out seeds, suet, and other foods, buying heated birdbaths, and building nesting boxes to provide winter birds with the three main things they need to survive the cold months: food, water, and shelter.… Read more
Autumn is an important season for birds. Many species are buckling down in preparation for long, cold, hungry winters, while others migrate hundreds or even thousands of miles to warmer winter havens.
In order to store up the energy they need, both migrating and non-migrating birds need lots of nutritious food sources to sustain them.… Read more
For birds and bird watchers alike, the summer months are the richest. For bird watchers, the hardy birds that stuck around through the cold, lean days of winter are still around, now joined by their migrating relatives. For birds, the world is alive with buzzing insects, fruiting shrubs and trees, flowers dripping with nectar and bursting with seed.… Read more
Spring is an important season for birds. In early and mid-spring, migrating species return to their northern summer homes, a journey that may be hundreds or thousands of exhausting miles. Meanwhile, the birds that stuck around through the long, cold winter try to replace the weight lost during the last hungry weeks before spring.… Read more
In a society where a simple twist of the faucet instantly provides as much clean, safe water as you want, the idea of a water crisis may seem absurd. However, the fact is that water shortages are becoming more and more common, even in developed countries, as freshwater rivers, reservoirs, and aquifers are increasingly overdrawn to support human activities, from agriculture to daily showers.… Read more