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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Are You Feeding Wildlife this Winter?

As the days get shorter and colder, we tend to spend more of our time indoors hunkered down by a nice fire and munching on some of our favorite foods. But as cabin owners you have to notice all the wild animals that live around your place. So what happens to them while the snow keeps falling and it becomes more difficult for them to find food?

Birds especially have a hard time because they are use to finding their food on trees or in the ground. But in the dead of winter there is no way for them to dig deep enough to find the seeds or insects they need to live. So while you’re going through your cupboards, instead of throwing away those stale crackers or meat scraps, why not throw the extras out to the birds? Birds will also eat unsalted peanuts in feeders, or wild birdseed. As well as common household foods such as cheese, cakes, pastries, biscuits, cooked rice, potatoes or pasta, and various dried fruit.

If you plan to feed the birds make sure to scatter the food on a raised tabletop to insure the birds security. Try placing the food out in the mornings rather than later in the day. This will hopefully avoid attracting predators. One other thing for birds, they love water but in this Minnesota weather it is very hard to keep it thawed. Try putting warm water out during the day when it’s sunny this might help to give a bird a drink or a bath.

Birds aren’t the only animals that need food during the winter, squirrels, deer and many more also could use a little help from their human neighbors. So next time you see a bird or two in your yard take the time to throw some seed out to them and watch them eat.

For more information visit http://www.suite101.com/content/feeding-wildlife-in-winter---how-and-what-to-feed-wild-animals-a315873. Also we would love to hear your feedback and tips on how you take care of your wild friends.

-Tiffany, Otter Tail Country Tourism Team

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