Here at North States, we’ve been bringing songbirds to backyards and decks since 1953. Our mission has been to create and produce innovative, superior quality products designed to provide a healthy place for birds to gather while enhancing the serenity of our environment. With that being said, we would also like to provide our fellow bird-loving friends some tips and tricks as you use our products.
With all of the options of birdfeed and birdfeeders, it can be overwhelming to determine which is best for your yard. We’ve created a chart to help you determine the correct feed and feeder for the birds that you want in your yard. Find out which types of birds frequent your area and choose your feeders and seed according to the type of local bird you would like to attract. When putting a feeder in your yard for the first time, be patient. It may take a week or more for birds to find your feeders. Birds may also be slow to try a new feeder and some are finicky about the type of food they prefer.
Now that you know what type of birdfeeder you will need, click here for our line of birdfeeders. You can even filter to the specific type of birdfeeder that you are looking for.
Here are some other helpful tips and tricks to keep in mind (click on the triangle for the answer):
Hummingbirds are a birding favorite to watch as they zip about at amazing speeds. Some things to keep in mind as you care for your speedy feathered friends:
Not only do you want to feed your favorite feathered friends, providing them shelter is also a great way to keep them around. We have compiled a few tips and tricks for successful bird nesting in your backyard, as well as information about various houses.
Bat houses can help provide a secure habitat for bat populations that are decreasing significantly. They give bats an alternative to your home, thus reducing the chance of human to bat contact. Bats are helpful, not dangerous animals. Less than 1% of bats have rabies. Bat Houses benefit you, your family, communities, gardeners, farmers and the whole ecosystem. By giving bats a home, they will eat thousands of insects nearby. An individual bat can eat thousands of insects in just one night.
Bat houses can be installed at any time of the year, but will most likely be used during the first summer if installed before the bats return in the spring.
Location: Choose a sunny location on the East or South facing side of a building. Bat houses work best with at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight but should not be lit by bright lights at night. Bats may find a bat house more quickly if they are located along water edges or forests. They prefer to have water, such as a pond or stream, within a mile of their house (a pool or bird bath works as well).
Mounting: Bat houses can be mounted on a building or on a wooden or steel pole. All bat houses should be mounted at least 10 feet above ground, 12 to 20 feet is better. It should be placed at least 20 to 25 feet from the nearest tree branches, wires or potential perches. Do not install your bat house above doors or windows if mounting to your house.