feed the birds

Revitalizing Vacant City Lots to Feed People—and Birds
In Buffalo, New York, gardeners are growing crops and native plants to bring food and wildlife to communities in need.

Like many other U.S. cities, Buffalo, New York, struggles with issues of urban blight—think vacant lots filled with trash and weeds, and food deserts where residents lack access to stores selling fresh, healthy food.

In response, a local nonprofit is transforming these empty lots into gardens blooming with flowers, vegetables, & fruit. At the same time, Buffalo Audubon Soc. is making sure these green spaces are for birds, too…

anonymous asked:

I just thought of Dugal having bought the farm and standing there, hands on his hips, like "What should I do with it?... GOTTA GET ME SOME CHICKENS!!!" and then immediately thinking "...why?" Still confused, he gets himself an army of chickens, most likely Jersey Giants (hens are 10lb, cocks are like 13lb, that is Helmaroc worthy). Then, satisfied, but still confused, the new overlord feeds his army. (Thinking of the "Vaati feeding birds with a tank" post here)

(i feel like i should apologize but i’m not entirely sure for what)

Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)
  • Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)
  • Julie Andrews
  • Mary Poppins Soundtrack

“On Fridays, after work, [Walt Disney would] often invite us into his office and we’d talk about things that were going on at the Studio. After a while, he’d wander to the north window, look out into the distance and just say, ‘Play it.’ And Dick would wander over to the piano and play 'Feed the Birds’ for him. One time just as Dick was almost finished, under his breath, I heard Walt say, 'Yep. That’s what it’s all about.’” -Robert Sherman (x)

Every so often Walt would call us up to his office on a Friday afternoon. We knew what he wanted. When we got there, he would say, “I just wanted to know what you boys were up to these days.” Then he would turn around in his chair and stare out the window, like the first time we played it [Feed the Birds] for him, and he would say “Play it.” And we would…and you could just see Walt thinking “That’s what it’s all about, everything we do at Disney.” - Robert B. Sherman


Have you ever been to a pond with ducks, geese, and swans, and seen birds that look like this? Like some of their wing feathers are swept outward? This is a visual sign of why you should not feed bread to ducks and geese.

This condition has the misleadingly lovely name of “angel wing” and it is an actual deformity of the wing, making the last joint of the “wrist” bend outward. This is what causes the feathers to sweep outward. It makes the bird unable to fly, and usually leads to an early death. It is incurable in adults, but young birds found early can sometimes be rehabilitated with wing-wrapping and an improved diet.

The cause of angel wing is not completely clear but birds that have it are lacking in certain important vitamins and minerals that are consistent with eating a lot of bread. Bread is also very high protein junk food that fills up birds quickly and gives them no reason to forage for their normal diet, and accelerates growth of the feathers before the wingbones are developed to hold them, which appears to cause the twisted wing. Ducks and geese usually eat vegetation, like grasses and aquatic plants, so the nutritional content of bread, french fries, popcorn, and other such foods are not what their bodies are evolved to grow on.

What does this mean if you want to feed the ducks at your local pond? The best thing to feed them would be a thawed bag of frozen veggies. You can usually buy a store brand bag for the equivalent cost of a cheap loaf of bread. And unlike bread, uneaten veggies don’t promote the same algae blooms and bacterial/fungal growths if left in the pond. It’s better for the birds and better for their environment, too. Commercial waterfowl feeds, used for domestic birds, are sometimes suggested as an option, but they are not nutritionally balanced for wild birds and may also cause angel wing as they are intended to speed growth of domesticated waterfowl that grow to larger sizes than wild birds. The very best option would be to not feed them at all and just enjoy watching them.

Thanks for reading!

Note: this post was revised to correct an error, add and clarify existing information, and add links to sources about angel wing in waterfowl. 

information sources: [1] [2] [3]
image sources: Canada goose - mallard


Today the Department of Unexpected Interspecies Friendship is happily envious of eight-year-old Seattleite Gabi Mann, who’s made such good friends with the neighborhood crows that they now bring her small presents in exchange for food that she sets out for them each morning.

It all began in 2011 when then 4-year-old Gabi caught crows’ the attention thanks to her habit of accidentally dropping her own food. The observant corvids soon began watching for her in hopes of snacking on anything that might fall to the ground. As she grew a little older, Gabi began consciously sharing her lunch with the crows on the way to catch the bus. Soon the crows learned to simply wait at the bus stop for her to show up, where she would always share her food with them there.

In 2013 Gabi and her mother Lisa began feeding the crows in their backyard each morning, something that has now become an important daily ritual. They start by filling the backyard birdbath with fresh water and adding nuts to the bird feeder platforms. Then Gabi tosses out handfuls of dog food into the grass. The crows line up on nearby power lines, rooftops and the family’s back fence, voicing their anticipation of their morning meal. It was once this morning ritual began that the crows started leaving trinkets for Gabi in the feeder trays they’d just emptied. The items seem to be anything shiny that the birds are able to pick up and carry, including LEGO bricks, beads, a zipper pull, buttons, an earring, a polished rock, a silver ball, a metal hinge, an old screw, even a broken lightbulb.

One time it was a tiny piece of metal with the word “best” printed on it. “I don’t know if they still have the part that says ‘friend’,” Gabi laughs, amused by the thought of a crow wearing a matching necklace.

Gabi painstakingly collects, catalogs and stores each gift. If you ask nicely she might show you her prized collection.

A few weeks ago they brought an especially surprising present: Lisa’s camera lens cap, which she’d recently lost in a nearby alley while photographing an eagle flying overhead. Was it intentional? We’ll let you decide.

Click here to watch a video of Gabi and Lisa’s morning crow-feeding ritual. You’ll notice she’s made some pigeon and squirrel friends as well.

Head over to BBC News for additional information.

[via BBC News and Bored Panda]

There’s a Kansas City, MO, eatery where volunteers show diners to their tables, provide a menu of healthy items, then take their orders. The various dishes can be tailored to specific needs, and diners can review and request new items. It seems like an ordinary restaurant, but it’s actually a community soup kitchen.

“They’re treating me good, like they don’t know I’m homeless.”

Not only do they feed the homeless, they’re also a specialized training program for culinary students.

The program provides hands-on experience to people who are interested in the culinary industry, but are also dealing with issues that prevent them from enrolling in a traditional program.

Also, people from all walks of life are encouraged to eat at Kansas City’s Community Kitchen. Everyone is welcome: students, police officers, doctors, volunteers, and more - because after all, it is a COMMUNITY kitchen. You don’t have to be unable to afford food to enjoy a meal or volunteer your services.

It’s both an educational and supportive way to bring different parts of the community together in one place. 



Tiny baby bird

Today we admitted our first baby bird of Spring! Very young and fragile, he needs to be fed every 30 mins.

The little chap is hard to identify… We know that he is from the insect-eaters group, and we know which one, but which bird do you think he is?

He is a Robin! Congratulations to everyone who got it right!