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Home | Episode 81: It’s OK to Feed the Birds

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Join John and Brian as they discuss some studies about the pros (and cons) of bird feeding. It really is ok to feed the birds! Listen to this weeks episode to find out why.

Birds Mentioned
Brown-headed Cowbird
Chipping Sparrow
Downy Woodpecker 
Gray Catbird
Indigo Bunting 
Northern Cardinal 

Hobby Information
Responsible Bird Feeding 
Bird Feeder Cleaning 
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Research Studies
Milliken University study: “Effects of bird-feeding activities on the health of wild birds”  

Studies on Black-capped Chickadees surviving better with access to bird feeders: “Use of Winter Bird Feeders by Black-Capped Chickadees” and “Winter Survival Rates of a Southern Population of Black-Capped Chickadees 

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