Now, more than any time during the year, birds need sustenance, as most of their food sources, like insects, are scarce or simply not available.
We wanted to learn more about helping birds thrive during Utah's winters, so we reached out to the Wasatch Audubon Society for more information.
"Many natural habitats and food sources are diminishing as urban developments grow, and this is worsened by winter conditions," explains Wasatch Audubon President, Dan Johnston. He encourages homeowners to hang bird feeders, especially during Utah's cold winter months.
Our little feathered friends who stay to brave Utah's winters are also fantastic garden pollinators, and excellent at pest control during the warmer seasons. So, it's a good idea to keep birds happy, healthy, and returning to your yard during the long winter months.
According to Jay Stretch, Wasatch Audubon Society Vice President, birds serve as valuable members of the ecosystem, both in the wilderness and in your neighborhood. "Songbirds like Chickadees and House Finches help the ecosystem, aside from being a lot of fun to watch," says Jay. "Small birds help pollinate as they flit from plant to plant feeding." He explains that these birds especially depend on feeders in the winter.
When asked how many wintering birds there are, Dan Johnston says, "More than I can count, there are a lot." We saw a variety of birds at our feeder, including Black-Capped Chickadees, House Finches, a Junco, and a Ruby Crested Kinglet.