24 January 2011 Eco-tip for Backyard Bird Feeding This Winter Posted by: Brian Bovard | 1 comment | Share: Defenders is back with another eco-tip for your WildLifeStyle. This month Cindy Hoffman invited us into her home where she showed us how simple it is to make some delicious homemade suet for your feathery friends to enjoy from a backyard suet feeder. Some birds will travel thousands of miles over the course of their winter migrations and use incredible amounts of energy doing it. Having readily available food in people’s backyards goes a long way towards helping them conserve energy that would normally be spent foraging for food. And conserving that energy is important because well-fed, healthier birds are more easily able to fight off infections, or cope with any contaminants that they might ingest. The healthier we can keep them on their travels, the better off they will be when they get to their final destinations. We hope you enjoy the video and see you next month with another WildLifeStyle tip! One Response to “Eco-tip for Backyard Bird Feeding This Winter” Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in A Shark Workshop As part of an international effort to cut down on the devastating impact of the fin trade on shark species, Defenders helped organize a shark identification workshop in Brazil,attended by officials from countries all over the continent. Washington Wolf Supporters Howl for Wolf Recovery & Oppose Stripping Federal Protections In advance of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to strip federal protection for most gray wolves in the contiguous 48 states, the Agency denied Washingtonians the opportunity to testify in opposition by refusing to hold a public hearing in the Pacific Northwest. This did not go over well in Washington! In fact, over 100 citizens decided to host their own hearing on Sunday December 15th to oppose stripping federal protections for gray wolves. Reaching out for wildlife in California The Lower Calaveras River, near Sacramento, is one of the most dramatically altered rivers in California, yet provides critical habitat to threatened fish and wildlife, including Fall Run Chinook Salmon and steelhead. Our California team works to teach the local community about the value of this river running through their neighborhood.