Change the World Wednesday, for the birds

While Small Footprints is on vacation, I have tried to come up with a few things of interest.  This week I want to challenge you to reconsider items you might toss out.  We can help those less fortunate, such as our visiting birds.  Encourage them to build their homes near you with this simple idea.

source: Pinterest

source: Pinterest

If you don’t have a suet cage you can make a container from plastic bottles, or other items you have around the house, by cutting holes around it in various places.  Throughout the rest of winter  you can save these scraps for the birds who will collect and use them to make nests with.  These include:

  • pet hair
  • biodegradable string
  • non-toxic paper
  • yarn
  • small scraps of fabric, just make sure it’s not synthetic

A word of caution, do not add human hair which can tangle around the baby birds causing harm.

Just before spring arrives hang your cage filled with the collected scraps.  This will save the landfill and assist birds in quickly building a home for their young.

What do you do to help birds?


  1. Hi Lois and thanks for a thoughtful post.

    As I live in an apartment building, I am not allowed to place bird feeders on my balcony.

    However, my sister, who lives in a rural area, has a few bird feeders around which attracts beautiful looking Blue Jays, Crows, Sparrows and even a woodpecker or two.

    I don’t know if they have nests near by but I would assume so.

    It was quite nice to watch them feed and even though it is the dead of winter, there were a lot of them eating away.

    Take care and my best to you and yours.


    • Lyle, that is one of the downfalls of apartment living, we have rules we must follow. I am fortunate to have the field where I have been given the freedom to do what I want with it. I am so missing my birds right now. It’s been months since I have heard the music wake me, the honking of the geese flying overhead to the lake and back, or the screech of our bald eagles. I’m whining aren’t I? Sorry. Just missing summer and my wild neighbors. :-(

      Do you have a nature park nearby, or a place you can visit that is quiet, away from the noises of the city?

  2. This is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing this brilliant idea Lois, and especially the tip about human hair – which makes perfect sense when you think about it. Years ago I’d read to use hair from our brushes but now I’ll keep it to just the pet brushes (around here that generates quite enough ;) ). Cheers, Gina

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