We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
8402 Old Sauk Road
Madison, WI 53562
Phone: (608) 664-1414
Fax: (608) 664-1416
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Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: We are located just West of the Beltline exit to Old Sauk Road about 1.5 blocks, just west one store after the Walgreens on your right, at the intersection of Old Sauk Road and Junction Road.
MARGARET C. BRITTINGHAM 1 AND STANLEY A. TEMPLE
Department of Wildlife Ecology
University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin 53706 USA
Research Abstract.--Winter bird feeding is generally assumed to
benefit the birds using this food source, but there are some potential
risks associated with bird feeding. One assumption is the risk that
individuals using feeders may become overly dependent on this
supplemental food supply and either fail to develop or lose the skills needed to forage efficiently on natural food when feeders are not available.
Survival rates of a resident population of Black-capped Chickadees
(Parus atricapillus) that were regular feeder users, and thus
potentially dependent, were compared with those of a resident
population of chickadees that had never been exposed to a bird
feeder, during a winter when feeders were not available to either
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology states in their FeederWatch
information that bird feeders are very unlikely to create dependency.
Birds have evolved as wide-ranging foragers. They visit several food
sources during the course of a typical day, and a feeder is likely to
be only one of many stops on their daily route. However, the Lab
does suggest maintaining feeders, if at all possible, during the
coldest weather, particularly if the ground is frozen or snow covered.
2) Will feeding birds in late summer stop
Some people believe they should stop feeding birds right after
Labor Day because the birds’ southward migrations will be
interrupted. However, a bird’s migratory urge is primarily
triggered by day length (photoperiod), and even an abundance
of foods at your feeders will not make a bird resist that urge. In
fact, your feeder might provide a needed energy boost along a
bird’s migration route.
From “Project Feederwatch” Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology