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  Credit: John and Karen Hollingsworth/USFWS

More and more people are discovering the joy of feeding birds around their homes. Birds add color, sound, and drama to a backyard or patio. Different birds are always coming and going, depending on the season and weather conditions.

If you're interested in learning more about feeding birds safely and appropriately, these resources can help you!

http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/pamphlet/pamplets.html
http://www.fws.gov/southeast/ea/images/pubbck3.pdf
http://www.backyardbirdcare.org/

"Developing Visitor Center Bird Feeding Stations" participant guide.

Watching birds around your home can be more than just a fun hobby. Citizen scientists around the country have observed birds for years and contribute data to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Researchers use this information to identify trends, monitor bird declines or increases, and observe when birds first begin arriving in an area. They programs usually ask for a minimal commitment, but the information gathered is invaluable.

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw/
http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/