Date: 4/30/20 6:59 pm From: Brenna <dbgaldenzi...> Subject: [VTBIRD] Time to take bird feeders down for the season
Taking in feeders at night doesn't work because bears are attracted to the spilled seed. Their sense of smell is extraordinary. Fish & Wildlife asks people to take down bird feeders for the season as of April 1st. Once a bear habituates to a property and sees it as an easy food source, it places the bear in danger. Wardens deal with a lot of complaints this time of year from people regarding bears and too often this is the reason. Other bear attractants that are problematic are compost that's not treated with brown material, chickens that are not properly fenced and garbage not secured.
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On Thu, Apr 30, 2020 at 7:19 PM Eugenia Cooke <euge24241...> wrote:
> We take our feeders in every evening as soon as the late feeding birds are > finished. We hang them back out early in the morning. If we forget, as we > do once or twice a season we often get bear feeder destruction in our > Rutland back yard. But the daytime feeders offer delightful backyard > birding. > > On Thu, Apr 30, 2020, 7:00 PM alison wagner <alikatofvt...> wrote: > > > Another reason to not feed birds this time of year...it causes them to > > congregate and potentially expose themselves to conjunctivitis (finches). > > Think social distancing for birds. > > > > Just my too sense > > Ali > > > > ----- Original Message ----- > > From: "Richard Littauer" <richard.littauer...> > > To: "Vermont Birds" <VTBIRD...> > > Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2020 6:57:20 PM > > Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] bird feeders > > > > The main reason for bringing in feeders, as far as I am aware, is bears. > > But not all feeders are in bear territory. My feeder, for instance, is > > still out. If a bear wants to climb three sets of stairs in downtown > > Montpelier, he's welcome to, but I don't think it's very likely. > > > > On Thu, Apr 30, 2020 at 6:36 PM Mark Paul <mrpbirder...> wrote: > > > > > Would someone please tell me why people keep posting pictures of birds > at > > > their feeders when feeders were supposed to come down April 1 ? > > > > > > > > > -- > > Richard | @richlitt <https://twitter.com/richlitt> | burntfen.com > > <http://www.burntfen.com> > > >