In case you haven’t heard, we’ve had quite a bit of snow in New England so far this winter. Our kids have had several snow days in the past few weeks (driving my wife crazy) and the weather stations have become our enemy with their insistence on reporting yet another snow storm. However, one highlight of these weeks of being cooped up in the ole abode is that my dearest wife has invested in a few bird feeders.
While at first skeptical, I’ve come to love this simple way of connecting to nature. Not only is it extremely simple, but it’s a great way to discuss an aspect of nature that most folks take for granted — birds.
From the comfort of our own living room, while still in our pajamas, we can see the family of five cardinals, several blue jays, an entire horde of chickadees, and most recently a group of brown doves enjoy the bird seed we provide for them.
One challenge we’ve found with feeding the birds is that it has become quite addictive and therefore expensive. Bird food can go rather quickly, especially if the squirrels get to it, so I suggest buying in bulk wherever it is cheapest (Walmart?). Another unforeseen result is that I have ended up shoveling more (ugh) since asking my wife to trudge through several feet of snow to fill the feeders is a quick way to have starving birds.
So, if you’re looking for a simple way to connect with nature, I strongly suggest getting a bird feeder. It’s simple, fun and provides a great way to show your kids wildlife even during these harsh winter months and beyond.