Latest Bird feeding Stories

2008-06-16 12:00:26

By LIZ HOFFMAN Marshfield As the Marshfield Recreation Department welcomes local families to an open house at its 28-acre nature preserve Saturday, something will be missing. A bird feeder was stolen last Thursday night, after spending less than a day at its new home. It was the first act of vandalism there that Recreation Director Ned Bangs can remember. "To have someone walk off with a feeder, it's disappointing," he said. "I can't figure out why someone would take it." Bangs bought...

2008-04-03 13:15:00

Birdfeeding benefits up in the airPublished as a Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment e-View paper, the meta-analysis led by Gillian Robb (Queen's University Belfast, UK) and by Stuart Bearhop (University of Exeter, UK) reviewed results from more than 50 pieces of research conducted over the last decade. In many cases, bird feeding was shown to have immediate positive outcomes. A number of studies indicated, for example, that chicks which were given supplemental food were far more likely...

2008-02-07 09:25:31

Leaving out bird seed in the cold winter months can benefit the adults and their young come breeding season, a new study finds, though ornithologists are divided on the big picture when it comes to feeding our feathered friends. The backyards and gardens of many houses feature perches or feeders with a ready supply of seeds or other snacks for birds to feed on. Households in the United States and the United Kingdom put out over 1 billion pounds (500 million kilograms) of food,...

2006-04-19 07:15:42

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (AP) - A bacterialike disease that can cause blindness in birds has been detected for the first time in wild finches in California, the state Department of Fish and Game said Tuesday. State biologists urged residents to take precautions to prevent the spread of mycoplasmosis, a disease that affects finches but not humans, after an outbreak was discovered in the Walnut Creek area, about 25 miles east of San Francisco. Birds affected by mycoplasmosis, which is not related...

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