RELEASE OF THE WEEK: A Barred Owl (photo above) is released after three weeks of intensive care after being struck by a car while flying across the road. The bird suffered severe internal hemorrhaging and brain swelling. Photo by Tony Greenleaf
By Catherine Greenleaf
7. If you elect to hang birdfeeders in your yard, you’ll want to make sure the feeders are clean. Birdfeeders can collect dirt, feces and mold, which can make birds sick. Scrub the inside and outside of your feeders with a long-handled brush, using a diluted bleach solution, and then rinse thoroughly. Only fill the feeder when completely dry to avoid mold contamination. Be sure to buy seed only from the highest quality companies. Always give your bag of birdseed the sniff test. If it smells moldy, put it in the garbage can.
By making just a few of the changes suggested above, you can save the life of many a bird!