At the beginning of every week, I start off with a reader's question, and this week Olivia from Florida asks...
"I just moved to Florida in May, and while Isaac missed us, it got me worried about what to do about my backyard birds. I have several feeders and a bird bath - how can I keep them safe if we're hit by a tropical storm or hurricane?"
Natural disasters can impact birds in drastic ways, from destroying nests to eliminating food sources. While it is important to be sure you've made all the appropriate preparations for the safety of yourself and your family first, there are steps you can take to safeguard birds during hurricanes. Securing feeders properly, ensuring a good supply of food is available and providing safe shelter can all help your backyard birds weather the storm. And remember, birds are wild animals and have survival skills of their own - they will be fine, and if your yard is bird-friendly, they'll return soon after the storm passes!
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