We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
1983 Zumbehl Road
St. Charles, MO 63303
Phone: (636) 949-9191
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Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Typically, your feeders serve as a supplemental food source for birds. In contrast, during periods of extreme cold and severe winter weather, your birds may switch to utilizing your feeders as a critical source of food that enables them to survive from day to day. So make sure your foods are worth their weight with quality high-calorie, fatty foods for the birds.
You can play a vital role, as feeding the birds becomes critical when extremely cold conditions occur. At these times, a reliable supply of energy-heavy food can mean the difference between life and death for a bird. To stay warm, birds will expend energy very quickly, some losing up to 10% of their body weight on extremely cold nights. Food is the most essential element, providing birds with the energy, stamina and nutrition they need. An ample supply of high-calorie foods such as suet, Bark Butter, sunflower, Nyjer and more is crucial to a bird’s survival.
So in order to meet your birds’ needs, it is important to have at least one foundational feeder that dependably provides food every day and does not have to be filled very often. Studies have demonstrated that a constant, and reliable source of supplemental food helps to improve the overall health and body condition of wild birds.
Help your birds know your food is worth the weight by locating your foundational feeder in a sheltered location out of the wind and keep it full of the high-calorie, fatty foods that provide birds the crucial nutrition they need to survive and thrive even during the coldest times of the year.
Stop by our store for more expert advice and quality foods that are worth the weight to help your birds thrive this winter.
Help Your Birds Survive Extreme Winter Weather
Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders across North America. FeederWatchers periodically count the birds they see at their feeders from November through early April and submit their data. This helps scientists track broadscale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance.
Anyone interested in birds can participate - including children, families, individuals, classrooms, retired persons, youth groups, nature centers, and bird clubs. You can count birds as often as every week, or as infrequently as you like: the schedule is completely flexible. All you need is a bird feeder, bird bath, or plantings that attract birds. Click here to join.
You can also participate in the BirdSpotter Photo Contest. Now through early March, submit your bird photos for a chance to win prizes from Wild Birds Unlimited. Click here to learn more.
Project FeederWatch is operated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada.
• Project FeederWatch continues, www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw
• Opossums begin breeding (peak is in February).
• Raccoons and squirrels begin their breeding seasons.
• January is a great month to watch wintering Bald Eagles.
• Cedar Waxwings can be seen traveling in large flocks.
• Lapland Longspurs and Horned Larks roam in flocks.
• Now through late March is a difficult time for birds; providing food and an open source of water is important.
• Cardinals flocking; they're usually the first and last birds to be seen at feeders.
• Listen for Great Horned Owls' "hoot" as they pair up for mating season.
• During late January or early February, Great Horned Owls will be sitting on their eggs.
• Bald Eagles are visible along open water stretches of the Missouri River.
• White-tailed Deer bucks are shedding their antlers, marking the end of breeding season.
• Late in the month, as days lengthen, Tufted Titmice and cardinals begin to sing.
• Start planning your butterfly and bird gardens this month.
• Aldo Leopold's (Father of Wildlife Conservation) birthday Jan. 11
• Quadrantid Meteor Shower early in the month. See up to 60 falling meteors per hour!