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Feeding Birds

Feeding Birds

  • Avoid feeding birds if you live in an area frequented by black bears. Birds will survive without the supplemental seed that attracts bears.
  • If you choose to feed birds, do so during daylight hours only, between December 1 and April 1, when bears are least active.
  • Suspend feeder from a free-hanging wire, making sure it is at least 10 feet off the ground and at least 10 feet away from the trunk of a tree. (See diagram right)
  • Do not suspend feeders off of the house or deck.
  • Keep in mind that black bears are excellent climbers!
  • Bring bird feeders indoors at night.
  • Use spill pans to prevent seeds from reaching the ground.
  • Clean up spilled seeds and shells daily.
  • Store birdfeed within a secure location where bears are unlikely to see or smell it.

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Last Update: May 27th, 2022