14 , 2005
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Michelle Pintar
Direct: (414) 431-6104
a Rescued Bird this Month
?The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals (ASPCA) has declared January as a national
"Adopt a Rescued Bird Month." While many
individuals think about adopting a domestic bird,
the Wisconsin Humane Society's Wildlife Rehabilitation
Center also suggests "adopting" a wild
bird right from your own backyard and even provides
the opportunity to adopt (sponsor) wild birds from
Those who live in or
visit Wisconsin during the winter months will probably
notice many species of beautiful native birds such
as Cardinals, Goldfinches and Juncos. To "adopt"
a wild bird this month or anytime this winter, WHS'
Wildlife Rehabilitation Center offers these suggestions:
your "adopted" bird(s) a high quality,
mixed seed. Although birds tend to have a preference
as to their favorite seed, by placing a variety
of seed outside you will probably attract a variety
of beautiful wild birds.
addition to placing the traditional seedfeeders
outside, consider having a suet block. Wild birds
such as woodpeckers and nuthatches will appreciate
the warmth provided by the suet block.
recommends that any feeders you place outside should
be scrubbed periodically with a bleach and water
solution so the birds enjoy a healthy, clean feeder,
minimizing disease transmission.
you would prefer feeding the wild birds and not
other small animals like squirrels, place your feeder
at least six feet away from tree trunks and branches.
Also use a squirrel
baffle to keep you feeding efforts "strictly
for the birds."
if you "adopt" the wild birds in your
backyard, please also consider being an ?Angel?
by sponsoring one of the wild birds at WHS' Wildlife
Rehabilitation Center . For more information, visit
or call Scott Diehl at (414) 431-6117.