Office for the Aging


Birdwatching and Feeding: An Enjoyable Winter Activity

February is National Bird Feeding Month, and the timing is no coincidence. During the winter months, bird feeding provides our feathered friends with the greatest help, when they require the most energy to stay warm and when natural seed sources are depleted.

Bird feeding is an easy and rewarding hobby for people of all ages. It is also a great way to begin bird watching, which can be a great winter activity to share with grandchildren. New York’s Cornell Cooperative Extension Project FeederWatch offers participants an easy and fun way to learn more about backyard birds.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) website contains a wide array of information about bird feeding. NYSEDC’s Conservationist magazine recently published a guide to common backyard birds.

Did You Know?
In 1994, February was named National Bird-Feeding Month by congressional decree. Bird feeding is the second most popular hobby in the United States, behind gardening. And research has shown that older adults are more likely to frequently engage in the activity of bird feeding than any other age group.