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Feeding Backyard Birds Has Many Benefits

When it comes to feeding backyard birds there are many benefits beyond the sheer enjoyment of bird watching.  These benefits include insect control, weed control, flower pollination, education, interacting with nature, and it can even increase the value of your home.

As more and more land becomes developed, natural habitats for wildlife are destroyed.  By feeding and creating a native habitat for backyard birds, it aids in replacing food sources and shelters that have disappeared.   Further, adding native plants to your gardens and landscape not only benefits the birds and other native wildlife, it also can increase the value of your home.  By maintaining a great landscape, you achieve curb appeal, which is a fantastic investment!   Some great native plants beneficial to birds include flowering dogwood, witch hazel, white pines, maple trees, oak trees, serviceberry, winterberry, spicebush, barberry, elderberry, echinacea, and viburnum.

With the increasing amount of insects, birds play an important role in our ecosystem and keep insect populations under control.   By attracting birds to your backyard, these feathered friends can reduce certain insect populations up to 98%, making for great insect control.  Along with insects, many birds eat huge amounts of seeds.  By attracting birds to your backyard, it will also attract them to natural food sources, like weeds, that are unwanted in your landscape.

Not only will birds help with the weed control of your landscape by eating seeds, but wild birds also assist with flower pollination to further benefit your gardens.  Further, by observing birds it creates an education experience, which is great for all ages.  There are over 10,000 different species of birds in the world, and the United States along is home to about 900 different species.

Without the help of native birds, our gardens would easily be overrun with weeds and insect populations would plague our ecosytem and way of life.  For those two reasons alone, our backyard feathered friends are definitely something to keep around.  Yes, they have many natural food sources, but constant development has greatly depleted those sources.  So remember, by adding a bird house, bird feeder, or native plants to your property, you help the native birds and our ecosystem a little at a time, in addition to gaining all the benefits that native birds bring to you!

Below are bird varieties often found in local backyards.  Stop in our store to find out which bird feed or bird house is perfect for attracting your favorite bird!  Froehlich’s Farm has a great selection of Cole’s Wild Bird Food Lyric Wild Bird Food, Droll Yankee Feeders, Duncraft Bird Feeders & Houses and many other great bird food and bird accessory items.

6 thoughts on “Feeding Backyard Birds Has Many Benefits”

  1. I had no idea that by keeping a bird house in my back yard I could reduce specific insect populations by 98%. It seems like this would be a great way to save money and, at the same time, enjoy the company of birds. I’ll have to consider getting a bird house when spring time comes around.

  2. Great article on feeding backyard birds. I didn’t realize that one of the benefits of having birds in your backyard is that it decreases certain insect populations by 98%. This is understandably a really nice thing to have, especially if you tend to have a lot of bugs. If you have a big backyard, perhaps it would be good to have multiple bird feeders. That way, they can be spread around your yard and help reduce the bugs all over.

  3. My wife and I have finally made the move from the city to the suburbs. We have been wanting to move because my wife suffers from asthma. This is our first yard, and we want it to be special. I didn’t realize that birds were a crucial tool in trying to keep insects under control in your yard by eating them. That’s an awesome benefit of having a birdhouse!

  4. I did not realize that there were so many birds that have lost their homes due to the goring population and increasing development. Because of that, I agree that giving birds a place to live by feeding them and giving them bird houses is a great thing to do. Also, I think that it would be very beneficial to look up the different kinds of birds that live in the area that you love in so that you will be able to attract them by planting flowers and trees that they like. That way you will know for sure that your bird houses will be used.

  5. I’ve been trying to think of a gift to give my mother, and wanted to get some good ideas. You wrote that attracting birds to your backyard is actually a great idea, as it can help control the population of insects. I’ll have to find a pretty birdhouse my mother could put in her backyard, as she loves to spend time with friends in her yard and having less insects would definitely make things more pleasant.

  6. My kids always think it’s so fun when they see birds flying around our yard so I’ve been curious to learn if this is good for a yard or not. Before reading this I had no idea that birds can carry pollen that helps pollinate flowers! Having bird feeders that attract birds to our yard now seem like a great way to entertain my kids and take care of my yard. Thank you!

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