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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Feb. 21, 2024

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Nature + nurture = Even birds can use a little help in Southwest Washington winters

Help birds weather the winter by turning up consistency, going easy on lawn care

By , Columbian staff writer
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Bird lover Jack Burkman of Vancouver has outfitted his hummingbird feeders with electric heaters — most are clamp-on, watertight heat lamps — so the nectar doesn’t freeze when the temperature plummets.
Bird lover Jack Burkman of Vancouver has outfitted his hummingbird feeders with electric heaters — most are clamp-on, watertight heat lamps — so the nectar doesn’t freeze when the temperature plummets. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Everybody can use a little help making it through the ravages of winter. Even birds.

Fortunately for the landscape-lazy among us, many bird experts insist that doing less to your lawn — maybe nothing at all — is what our feathered friends need right now. Letting nature take its messy course is the best way to provide bird habitat and sustenance in winter, they say.

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