Celebrate National Bird Feeding Month with the Nature Store

February is National Bird Feeding Month. This Saturday, January 26, from 10 am to 3 pm, the Nature Store at Gilsland Farm will have a Bird Feeding Celebration! Winter is prime feeding time when regular food sources are scarcer.  Do you want to learn more about setting up a feeding station in your yard? Or what types of seed attract which species of bird? Maine Audubon staff are ready to help answer all your questions!

While it’s true that native habitat and fresh water can absolutely increase your bird and wildlife visitors to your yard, it is also true that what you offer at your bird feeding table can also impact which birds you see, how often they stay, and return for a meal.

Aspen Song Bird Feed Blends in the Nature Store
Aspen Song Bird Feed Blends in the Nature Store

Maine Audubon is proud to announce a new bird feeding menu of seed from Aspen Song Wild Bird Food. Designed with birds in mind, Aspen Song offers high quality (clean with less dust) seed blends that provide excellent nutritional value for your favorite backyard feathered friends.    Since a healthy diet for birds is a matter of survival, they innately seek food sources that provide needed energy and balance their nutritional needs. Field testing with seed blends vs. single seed at feeders has shown to increase feeder visits.  Aspen Song offers customized mixes formulated for the broadest appeal to various categories of seed eating birds. Blends available at the Nature Store include a Value Blend, a Premium Blend, Safflower Seeds, Sunflower Kernels, and a special Finch Blend.

Aspen Song offers a great Frequent Feeder program and that deal combined with a Maine Audubon Member discount of 10% means a lot of savings on all natural bird seed.

Bluebirds gather at a heated bird bath during a January snow storm.
Bluebirds gather at a heated bird bath during a January snow storm.

Also on site on Saturday will be a representative from Swarovski Optik to discuss options for binoculars and scopes.  Have you been thinking about making an investment in new optics? Come on Saturday and have all your questions answered in person.

We are also hosting a gallery reception! Saturday afternoon from 1-3 pm, come meet artist John Knight. His paintings are on view in “Growing at your Feet,” the latest show in the Gilsland Farm Gallery. He will be available to answer questions about his work, and how he engages with often overlooked native plant species.

Growing at your Feet: Paintings by John Knight in the Gilsland Farm Gallery
Growing at your Feet: Paintings by John Knight in the Gilsland Farm Gallery