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Why You Don’t Feed Birds In The Summer (if you live in bear country)

Unfortunately, habituated bears often have very short lives.  They lose their fear of humans, become “nuisance bears” and often end up being killed.  Do not worry about the birds that have been visiting your feeder all winter.  Your bringing your feeder in will not negatively affect them, as they get the majority of their food from natural sources.  Also, when birds are nesting many feed their young insects and aren’t frequent visitors to feeders. Feeding enables humans to get a close view of their winged neighbors, but it is not necessary for the birds’ welfare.

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5 responses

  1. Mary Waugh

    Mary, thank you so much for this posting. I wish more people would take this seriously. I can’t get over the number of birders who continue to talk about what birds they are seeing at their feeders this late in the season. I took mine down in mid-March. Thanks again for your efforts to keep the bears safe. I feel like people will listen to you!

    May 25, 2020 at 9:02 am

  2. Alice

    In itself, that’s a great photo, but it has a sad side to it. No Bears here.

    May 25, 2020 at 9:15 am

  3. Not living in nor growing up in bear country, I never thought of that. I take the feeder down to discourage chipmunks etc. hanging about in my yard in the summer, and thus decrease the likelihood of them making homes in my house or outbuilding.

    May 25, 2020 at 12:14 pm

  4. At 7.15am today, in Maine, I too met a bear.. Read here, and mea culpa.

    May 25, 2020 at 5:06 pm

  5. Good advice! This helps both the birds and the bears, and people too!
    Thanks for your post and all your caring postings!
    Elizabeth Terp

    May 25, 2020 at 5:31 pm

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