2009 turned out to be a great year for Wild Birds Unlimited - Saratoga Springs NY! Here's a look back on some of the highlights of 2009:
~ Our area experienced an unprecedented high level of bird activity in January and February. Feeders were amazingly busy with all the usual suspects, and we were part of the major irruption of Pine Siskins that impacted a good portion of the country.~ We were the first Wild Birds Unlimited store and the first retailer in New York state to introduce Birds & Beans® shade-grown coffee. Birds & Beans is a great-tasting coffee that we know is good for our migratory birds, having been certified Bird-Friendly™ by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. Since its introduction, we have sold over 150 bags of shade-grown coffee and introduced countless others to the concept of certified shade-grown coffee.
~ In March, we were thrilled to host nationally recognized author, conservationist, educator, and birder Kenn Kaufman to speak about the merits of shade grown coffee and the impact of sun coffee on our migratory birds. Following his visit, Kenn honored us with a wonderful post on his blog, Meeting Kindred Spirits over Coffee.
~ Almost in counterpoint to the increase in bird activity earlier in the year, we experienced an unprecedented drop in bird activity in September, October, and November. Everyone was asking, "where are my birds?" Summer conditions produced a bounty of berries, insects, pine cones, tree nuts and more, providing widely available and plentiful natural food sources for the birds and other wildlife. Mild temperatures and lack of snow cover kept these natural foods widely available well into December.
~ We were featured on the cover of the September issue of Birding Business, a trade publication for the birdfeeding hobby. The issue included a 4 page spread about our store and our ground-breaking use (at least within our industry) of the internet and social media such as our website, blog, Flickr, Twitter, and Facebook.
~ Despite the economy, 2009 was our best year ever at WBU-Saratoga Springs! For this, we owe a debt of gratitude to our loyal customers, who have recognized the value of including birds in their lives and have turned to us to help enhance their enjoyment of the birds in their yards.
Thank you for a fantastic 2009! It was quite a ride!