Summer is a great time to consider habitat upgrades and the many small outdoor projects that can be fun and easy to accomplish in a few hours. In particular, let’s consider shelters and nest boxes for birds, bats, insects and amphibians.
In Iowa we have several resident and migrant species of wrens that include house, Carolina, winter, sedge, marsh, and the occasional rare sighting of Beewick’s, rock, cactus or canyon wren.
If you live on acreage, there is a pretty good chance that you also love to feed birds and other wildlife. Most bird enthusiasts feed suet in the fall, but having it out all year will attract woodpeckers, nuthatches and the occasional brown creeper at your feeder. Making your own suet cakes for birds is easy, affordable and customizable.
More than 609,000 Iowans are estimated to watch and feed wildlife each year. Bird feeding offers people an opportunity to see birds at close range. So how can you attract the most birds?