Ann Arbor, Michigan

James Beutel & Diane Hein-Beutel

We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.

Ann Arbor, Michigan

2208 S. Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Phone: (734) 665-7427
Fax: (734) 665-6081
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Store Hours:
Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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We can show you how to turn your yard into a birdfeeding habitat that brings song, color and life to your home.

 

 

 

Springtime is an Nesting Chickadee
Important Time to Continue Feeding the Birds

Backyard bird feeding stations can really make a difference, especially this month.

Birds with access to feeders:

  • Spend less time foraging for food.
  • Have more time to select good nesting sites and construct higher quality nests.
  • Often lay their eggs earlier and typically have better rates of survival and fledging success than later broods.
  • Have more time to protect their nest, eggs and young from predators.
  • Provide more food to their chicks. This extra nutrition increases the nestlings' growth rate and reduces aggression among nest siblings.

Offering the Right Food

As they are establishing territories and attracting mates, birds also are looking for foods high in calcium and protein to bolster their energy and help them during nesting and raising their young. Nestlings need increased amounts of calcium and protein for proper body and feather growth.

Calcium-added Food

Calcium promotes stronger eggs and bones for mother birds and their babies, and calcium-added foods help supplement the dietary needs of birds in your yard during nesting season. When given the opportunity, birds often consume concentrated calcium sources, especially in the evening when they are forming eggs to lay the next day. Watch for increased evening feeder activity by female birds during nesting season if you offer calcium-added foods.

Wild Birds Unlimited offers a variety of calcium-added foods, including our  No-Mess Plus, Tree Nutty and Choice Plus seed blends, a variety of suet options including the entire line of Pacific Bird & Supply Premium Suet,and  Wild Birds Unlimited PB'n J Suet Dough as well all of our Jim's Birdacious® Bark Butter products .

Protein-rich Mealworms

You also can attract birds, such as wrens, chickadees, bluebirds, titmice, mockingbirds, robins, thrushes, thrashers, catbirds, woodpeckers and occasionally, certain warblers to your yard by offering them protein-rich mealworms.

Some birds change part of their eating habits between seasons. In fact, a great proportion of a Black-capped Chickadee's diet is insects in the spring/summer for breeding season, whereas its fall/winter diet is split evenly between animal and vegetable matter. In addition to mealworms, you can also offer Jim's Birdacious® Bark Butter® and suet to attract birds that are actively seeking insects.