Spring is almost here, friends! Even if there is snow on the ground where you live, rest assured that baby birds aren’t far away. In Utah, our average laying date for a Golden Eagle is March 1st! That was almost two weeks ago now!
With that in mind, we wanted to share a few things you can do to help your nesting bird friends while you wait for the raptors to return.
- Leave the trees! Consider leaving dead trees that can be used as habitat for a variety of birds, including cavity-nesting American Kestrels. You can also pile branches and fallen logs into a brush pile for extra habitat.
- But don’t forget the spring cleaning. Make sure you clean your birdhouses and boxes out of debris early in the season so they’re ready when your birds are.
- Go au natural… with your plants, that is. Native plants provide food to young birds and to the wildlife that can help control other pests in your garden. That will help you avoid having to use pesticides!
- Don’t forego the H20! Don’t forget that birds need water in addition to food. If you don’t have a good source of clean water, consider adding one.
- Let flying birds fly. Remember that as birds leave the nest, they may end up on the ground temporarily. If you don’t see blood or other visible injuries, try not to intervene.
Want more information about the spring nesting season and how you can help conserve birds in your area? Contact us at to book a program for your birding group, workplace, or club. Programs start at $100 for a one-hour program featuring a visit with one of our Raptor Ambassadors. All proceeds allow us to conserve raptors and our shared environment.