Utah wildlife officials encourage bird feeders

Story by The Associated Press
January 17, 2012
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PROVO — Utah wildlife officials are encouraging residents to help the state’s wild birds through the winter by putting out bird food and bird feeders.

The Daily Herald of Provo reports (http://bit.ly/wEcpVK) long nights, sub-zero temperatures and winter storms severely limit the food supply.

Division of Wildlife Resources official Ron Stewart says birds need to eat regularly to maintain body heat. He says most move between food sources along a regular daily route.

Stewart says helping birds survive the winter is as easy as throwing seeds out on the ground, where birds like quail, juncos and sparrows naturally feed.

Other varieties look for food on table tops or in hanging feeders.

Stewart says it’s important to use feeders that keep food dry and have sufficient openings.

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