Our friends at Flourish, a creation care group which exists to "inspir(e) and equi(p) churches to better love God by reviving human lives and the landscapes on which they depend, had an excellent post on helping attract and care for local birds during the winter. "Feed the Birds in the Bleak Midwinter" was written by Joanna Pritchard, and is also part of a running series called Family Fun as Joanna pays special attention to involving children in the effort. Here's a preview:
Seeds, berries and insects are scarce in winter. Birds flock to feeders for a welcome meal, especially in urban areas. Putting up a backyard feeder is a great way for you and your kids to see stunning wildlife up close, develop your powers of observation, and learn about local ecology. It can also transform a neglected winter yard into a vibrant scene filled with life, color and drama, without planting a single thing.
(please check out the entire article if you get a chance; photo courtesy Jackie Pointer)