Bird feeding

Nurture nature

Keep birds healthy by cleaning feeders regularly

Moldy birdseed and unclean bird feeders can cause birds to become sick. In wet weather, it is common for mold or bacteria to form on wet birdseed either in the feeder or on the ground. Mold can cause fatal avian diseases.

2008 Minnesota State Parks Calendar cover

Common male redpoll

Rake or sweep up fallen seeds and seed hulls under feeders to prevent bacteria from occurring on the ground.

Follow these tips to minimize the threat of disease: