If you don’t feed birds, you’re missing an opportunity to observe this special wildlife at close range.

The National Audubon Society estimates that nearly one-third of the adult population of North America feeds about a billion pounds of birdseed each year.

The best way to attract the most and widest variety of wildlife to your yard is through wildlife friendly landscaping. Next, water will attract more birds than seed. Birds need water to drink but they also need it to bathe, as it increases the insulating value of their feathers. Keep the birdbath ice-free by using a birdbath heater or refilling daily.