Many species of birds can be seen at the Freshwater Ecology Center throughout the year. Among the most common species seen year-round are Northern Cardinal, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, Carolina Wren, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Blue Jay, and Chipping Sparrow. During spring and summer, colorful migrants come back from tropical areas and nest here, including Prothonotary Warbler, Summer Tanager, Northern Parula, and many others.
Birds play a vital role in the ecosystem – this is why helping bird populations is important to everyone. Birds are sensitive to habit change. In our fast-changing environment, bird populations have been struggling to adapt. Thankfully, there are things that we can each do at home to support these struggling bird populations. The Freshwater Ecology Center provides great examples of how to implement feeders and vegetation that help the native bird populations.
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Placing the right bird feeder can help birds who may be struggling to find food. But it is important to do research before committing to a feeder because they are not one size fits all. Different species are attracted to different feeders, so it is important to realize what birds most commonly frequent your area and obtain a feeder or feeders geared towards that population.
One type of bird feeder is what is called a large hopper. These feeders attract a lot of bird species that are native to the Pee Dee region of South Carolina such as the Tufted Titmouse, the Northern Cardinal, and the Carolina Wren. Choose the correct feeder for your area with this guide.
While feeders are extremely helpful to bird populations, landscaping your yard is equally important. As mentioned earlier, in today’s ever-changing world, it can be hard for birds to adapt quickly.
“Birdscaping” your yard can provide birds habit and a food supply all year round. It is important to plant a diverse array of vegetation that grows in different seasons. By doing so, you can ensure that birds in your area have a home and food all year round. Listening to the section on native shrubs and trees could help give an idea of what kind of vegetation to start planting.
The Fresh Water Ecology Center is doing its part to try and help the native bird populations. If we all participate, just think of the positive impact it would have on bird populations. Using the links below will provide you with a guide on how to start protecting native birds.
FEC and Bird Conservation
FEC and Bird Conservation
The FEC contributes to bird conservation by educating the public about threats to our native bird populations. Like many other species, birds have seen their populations shrink over recent years. This is largely due to habitat loss. Being aware of this can help to protect bird populations by inspiring us to provide a habitat and a food source for local birds.
The single biggest thing you can do to help birds is to plant native trees, shrubs, and flowering plants in your home landscape. Non-native ornamental plants do not feed leaf-eating insects like caterpillars, which are essential food for baby birds. See the pollinators and trees and shrubs stations for more information.