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Autumn Backyard Highlights on Thursday, September 11, 2014

Winter can be a challenging season for our birds! Days are shorter, so there is less daylight for foraging. Insects die or hibernate, and the growing season ends. There's simply less food for birds and other wildlife in the winter. That's why well-stocked bird feeders are so popular in cold months: theyp provide the nutrition and energy that birds need to survive a northwest winter. Read more...

Autumn is a Great Time to Start a Lifetime Hobby on Monday, September 08, 2014

If you’ve ever walked through a park on a May morning, you may have dismissed birding as more of a test than a hobby. The newly leafed-out trees hinder sighting the birds; together with a cacophony of bird calls, species identification becomes a challenging feat indeed. Read more...

“Saving That Baby Bird” on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Often well-meaning backyard bird enthusiasts mistakenly believe they’re helping a baby bird in trouble, when less interference would be the best course of action. Read more...

Saving that Baby Bird on Saturday, March 15, 2014

Often well-meaning backyard bird enthusiasts mistakenly believe they’re helping a baby bird in trouble, when less interference would be the best course of action. Read more...

Squirrel Buster Giveaway Contest Now thru March 29, 2014 on Thursday, February 20, 2014

Come in to Win! Visit one of our 5 shops to pick up a special coded coupon for a chance to win a free Squirrel Buster, an ingeniously-designed squirrel-resistant bird feeder that will send your neighborhood squirrels right back to their nut boxes! Enter today for more chances to win! Contest ends March 29, 2014. Read more...

House-hunting Season is Upon Us! on Friday, February 14, 2014

So you already have feeders and a source of water. What else can you do welcome spring backyard birds? Shelter and habitat are high on the list at this time of year. A few well placed bird houses can make a big difference in how attractive your yard is to birds. Read more...

February is Mason Bee Time! on Thursday, February 13, 2014

Many people have seen them, without realizing their significance: small, black insects feeding on flowering shrubs. These stingless bees can help pollinate your plants, something needed more and more as European Honeybee populations decline in the Pacific Northwest. Read more...

Cold Weather Feeding FAQ’s on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Brrrr! It was Cold and Icy! Our stores really hopped during our recent winter storm. In the hours that we could actually get to our shops to open our doors, the noise levels escalated, like a flock of crows chattering away! Customers talked about what was happening in their yards, and exchanged advice. Our phones were ringing, ringing, ringing as customers asked for information and advice about their backyard birds. We appreciated the care and concern that so many of you demonstrated – it was wonderful to assist people trying to make a positive difference. Thank you for the patronage and for the opportunity to help. Read on for a few of the Frequently Asked Questions, and some answers, generated by our most recent cold snap .... Read more...

Invite Winter Birds to Decorate your Backyard on Tuesday, February 11, 2014

With more bare trees and fewer natural food options, this time of year is perfect for welcoming a variety of colorful, interesting backyard birds to your yard. They’ll decorate your yard with beauty and activity, and provide your entire family a fascinating glimpse of the natural world. Read more...

A Perfect Time for a Suet Sale! on Monday, February 10, 2014

Whew! We've had WEATHER! And lots of bird activity! Many birds really go for suet during cold months -- it is a high energy insect substitute, and insects are hard to come by in cold months, and even grubs and larvae are inaccessible when snow and ice cover our trees and bushes. Don't forget our February Suet Sale! Read more...

Sunday Feb. 9 —Shops Closed Today & No Owl Prowl Tonight on Sunday, February 09, 2014

The City of Portland issued an advisory to stay off the icy roads, so we will comply. Our Owl Prowl, scheduled to start from the N.E. Fremont Shop, is also cancelled for this evening. Our warming trend is on the way, but coming more slowly than we had hoped! We plan to open our doors Monday,but please phone us before venturing out, just in case the morning commute presents problems. We apologize, and thank you for allowing us to place the safety of our employees first! Read more...

Welcome Winter Birds on Monday, January 27, 2014

As deciduous trees drop their foliage and natural food sources dwindle, autumn is perfect for hosting a banquet of our colorful, captivating backyard birds. As branches become bare your hungry feathered friends will decorate your yard with lively activity, busily hopping from limb to limb--- warming our hearts on cold days, and presenting our and your family with a fascinating glimpse into the natural world. Read more...

Cold Weather Tips for Hummingbird Feeders on Saturday, December 07, 2013

It’s unusual for us to get the winter freezes and snow here in the Portland/Vancouver area, but when we do, the resident Anna’s Hummingbirds count on our feeders more than ever. I have three hummingbird feeders that I keep going all winter long. When we have freezing weather, they are more popular than ever. When the weather drops into the 20’s, keeping the nectar from freezing is a big challenge. Here are some ideas, with illustrations, that may make it easier! Read more...

Do-It-Yourself No-freeze Hummingbird Feeder Set-up on Saturday, December 07, 2013

If you have an aluminum pie plate, Backyard Bird Shop has everything else to create a no-freeze feeding station for Anna's Hummingbirds. Read more...

Birdbath De-Icers are Great for Freezing Weather! on Friday, December 06, 2013

When it's freezing outside, it's tough for birds to find water to drink. Consider adding a birdbath de-icer to keep the water just above freezing -- you may see a lot of interesting birds taking advantage of your water supply. Read more...

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