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May 27, 2014


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The Zen Birdfeeder

J.J., the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's NestWatch citizen science project has a strict protocol and Code of Conduct that could be used by anyone interested in peeking into bird nests. Bottom line is that if you are cautious you are unlikely to harm the birds. You can read more at http://nestwatch.org/learn/how-to-nestwatch/faqs/can-my-visits-to-the-nest-harm-the-birds-or-interfere-with-the-nesting-attempt/


Does it bother the birds when you look into the nests?

I've never had a bird house where you could actually look into it. I would think that the parents would be upset with you being so close to their babies. Do you need to have them living there for a while to have them get used to you before you do this?

Kimberly Buechner Fouse/All Things Alpaca, LLC

That soft nesting material sure looks like alpaca fiber from the Alpaca Fleece-filled Bird Nesting Ball™!

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  • Our eyes and ears should be open and alert to the natural wonders that surround us every day. Take time to look out our windows to see the birds that visit us and open our windows to hear them. Walk around whatever space we have to enjoy the birds in nature. Every day, work on improving our powers of observation.


  • Nature happens. We cannot MAKE natural things happen (or NOT happen). We can create habitats to encourage natural things to happen around us, but there are no guarantees.


  • Birdfeeding comes with responsibilities to the birds and the environment we share with them. If you are unwilling to accept these responsibilities, you shouldn’t feed the birds. We also have a responsibility to share these natural wonders with the next generation.