Youth Bird Feeding Program
Providing our area youth with opportunities to observe birds at bird feeding stations is a huge win on many levels.
Level 1 - How many of our youth will grow up with an interest in birds and wildlife, and a deep love for our natural world, simply because they witnessed birds feeding at their daycare or school. Many!!!
(See list of local daycares and school districts at bottom of page, or by clicking here).
Level 2 - How difficult is it to keep young children engaged and entertained while spending hours at a daycare each day? Watching the birds at the feeders could become a special part of each day, and/or used as a reward for good behavior.
Level 3 - How many more birds will be fed if we put up feeding stations at many of our hundreds of daycares and schools throughout southwest Ohio?
Level 4 - How many new species of birds might we attract to our area if many new feeders are put up and maintained? How many uncommon birds will become more common?
Level 5 - How many parents might take notice when their kids keep talking about the birds they see at school. How many more bird feeding stations will get set up at student's homes?
Bird Feeder Options - There are many choices for bird feeders ranging from free DIY, to elaborate feeders with squirrel baffles. Read more here . . .
Bird Seed/Feed Options - There are many choices for bird seed and feed, as well as some products to avoid.
Read more here . . .
Funding - There are several ways to cover the cost of setting up a bird feeding station. Read more here . . .
Getting Started - If you are interested in starting a youth bird feeding station at you daycare, school, or church, please click CONTACT on the main menu above.
Here are some photos from feeder logs in a nature preserve in South Carolina, and in Ohio.
Roxbury Feeder Logs - There was a set of logs in the wooded parking area, and a second set out in a field. East Fork Lake Feeder Log - My wife and I stumbled across this large downed tree that someone was scattering seed on. It was nowhere near a building or parking lot, just sitting on the side of a road along the lakeshore. Apartment Bird Feeder - I put this small bird feeder on my back porch in northwest Hamilton County, and on the first day, nine different species of birds came to visit. Video 4 - Variety of common feeder birds
The following is a list of over 200 daycares operating in the Greater Cincinnati Area. Next to it is a list of some of the school districts in our area. What an impact a program like this could have!