Finding food in the winter can be a tough prospect for Utah’s wild birds.

During the late summer and fall, most birds leave Utah for areas that are warmer. Those that stay find a food supply that snow, long nights, below zero temperatures, storms and frost-forming inversion layers have severely reduced. Only birds capable of finding seeds, berries, dormant insects and other limited food sources can survive Utah’s tough winters.

During the cold months of winter, birds need to eat regularly to maintain their body heat. And that’s where you come in. Unlike deer — which artificial feeding can actually harm — feeding stations can play a pivotal role in helping wild birds survive.

Bird feeding can also bring a host of small, colorful, fascinating characters right into your backyard.

Sound like fun? It is. But once you get started, you have to stay committed to providing food to your birds every day.

Bird feeding tips from the Division of Wildlife Resources are available at http://go.usa.gov/4x3j.

Logo courtesy Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

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