We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
275953 Highway 101
Gardiner, WA 98382
Phone: (360) 797-7100
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Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Did you know we are much more than a bird feeding store? We have 65+ local artists works in our shop, we specialize in recycled plastic patio furniture as well as the best selection of bird feeding supplies on the Olympic Peninsula. Stop by and charge your electric vehicle at our free charging station, take a walk through our beautiful public garden with a breath-taking view of Discovery Bay or just come in for a visit with our shop cat, Luther. We look forward to seeing you in Gardiner!
An important element of feeding the birds is taking proper care of birdfeeders, including periodic cleaning to help promote bird health and proper placement to promote bird safety. Keeping your birdfeeders clean is a very important part of providing a healthy feeding environment for the birds. Proper placement of birdfeeders is also important in keeping birds safe from predators.
The Facts: The complete picture of bird health in our backyards has rarely been examined. A 1992 study conducted by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology concluded that 51% of bird deaths were caused by window strikes. Predation, predominately by household cats, caused 36% of bird deaths. Disease caused only 11% of bird deaths in our backyards.
In a 1997 study conducted by the American Birding Association, cats were found to be a significant source of mortality among birds that come to feeders. It has been estimated that a single domestic household cat can kill more than 100 birds and small mammals each year.
When you feed the birds, take the following steps to provide a safe and healthy feeding environment:
1. Provide multiple feeding stations in different areas of your yard to disperse bird activity. Crowding at the feeder - which is a more common occurrence in winter months - can cause stress that may make birds more vulnerable to disease.
2. Clean your feeders more frequently and keep areas under and around the feeders clean.
3. Keep seed clean and dry and watch that it doesn't get moldy. Offer only fresh seed.
4. Dry rake or use other methods to keep the area around your feeder clean.
5. Provide seeds from a feeder rather than broadcasting/scattering seed on the ground.
6. If possible, move your feeding stations periodically, so there will be less concentration of bird droppings.
7. If you find a dead bird near the feeder that has not been killed by a predator, disinfect the feeders with a solution of one part bleach to nine parts water.
8. Always wash your hands after filling or cleaning your feeders.
9. Place birdfeeders in locations that do not provide hiding places for cats and other predators to wait to ambush the feeder. Birdfeeders should be placed at least 10' to 12' from low shrubs or bushes that provide cover.
Five diseases commonly affect bird species that typically use feeders. This is an important distinction because not all bird species visit feeders:
1. Salmonellosis (Sal-muh-nel-LOW-sis) is a common disease among feeder birds. The bacteria can be spread when healthy birds eat food contaminated with dropping from infected birds.
2. Trichomoniasis (trick-oh-mo-NYE-uh-sis) is caused by a single-celled organism that produces lesions in the upper digestive tract. In some cases, infected birds become unable to swallow and starve. This disease is common among doves and pigeons all over North American and can be responsible for some deaths in many bird-eating raptors.
3. Aspergillosis (as-per-jill-OH-sis). The Aspergillus fungus (mold) grows on damp feed and in the debris beneath feeders. Birds inhale the fungal spores and the fungus spreads through their lungs and air sacs causing bronchitis and pneumonia.
4. Avian Pox are irregular wart-like growths on bird legs, feet and faces. The virus that causes it can be spread by close contact among birds.
5. Mycoplasmosis is the most recently discovered disease in songbirds. It is transmitted by direct contact, air-borne droplets or dust, and causes conjunctivitis (infection of membranes of the eye). It has spread rapidly through the eastern population of house finches and has more recently been identified in American goldfinches.