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A round up of bird bits

New Vikings stadium ruffles feathers Construction of the new Vikings football stadium has raised concerns about bird safety. The site is a few blocks from the Mississippi River and could potentially put some of Minnesota’s 250 different bird species at risk. Bird advocates say that current construction plans for the high-tech facility are a certain
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Win A Bird Feeder

As the temps heat up, submit your favorite bird story to prd@prdseed.com to win a $67.00 thermometer #birdfeeder with free shipping. Put bird story in headline, deadline is Aug. 20th. Winner will be posted on our #prdseed blog.      

Avoid losing seed to critters

Are furry visitors raiding your bird feeder? Squirrels, raccoons and bears can find birdseed a ready and tempting appetizer as they forage for food. With a few tips, you can critter-proof your bird feeding area and preserve seed for our avian friends  Minimize access A fellow backyard birder in Ham Lake, Minnesota   mentioned that
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To court a hummingbird

In March approximately 16 species of the total 325 hummingbird species (Trochildae family) began making their way back to North America and Canada. This year more than 7,000 birders tracked the migration of Ruby-throated “hummers” that flew thousands of miles in search of northern breeding grounds. Hopefully by now you have caught a glimpse of these
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Heed these seed storage tips

For the U.S. average temperatures in June have been fairly temperate and Minnesota is no exception. Our weather has been a welcome gift.  Plentiful rain and sunshine have turned flora, fauna and trees into lush havens for birds and critters. Enjoy this while it lasts. Soon the dog days of summer will arrive and your
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Weigh the benefits of organic birdseed

Is organic seed healthier for birds?  Answering this question may have multiple considerations. An article in Audubon points out that a dirty bird feeder may be more harmful than trace amounts of pesticides in regular seed. Birds that eat seed from a treated crop field are more likely to ingest harmful chemicals than from a
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Save the dates and check your calendar

As the Biggest Week of American Birding draws to a close, we assembled a regional bird festival sampler so you can plan your summer adventures. Grab your gear, field guide, map and binoculars and hit the road. Eastern U.S. and mid-Atlantic May 23-26, 2014 Down East Spring Birding Festival, Trescott Township, Maine In its 11th
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