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Springtime is bird time

By ThisIsReno

MOANA NURSERY NEWS RELEASE – Spring is a once-a-year opportunity to see colorful, interesting birds up close. Some birds are migrating north after spending much of fall and winter in warmer climates. Others never left the area, choosing to tolerate the same weather that local residents did this winter.

“Birds that you would not normally see in your yard may pass through and visit your feeders and bird baths for replenishment as they head north,” explained Jacque Lowery, Manager of the Wild Birds Unlimited Nature stores at Moana Nursery. “The birds that were here during winter are also becoming more active.”

Spring is a critical season to feed wild birds. They have either endured cold temperatures and limited food supplies, or they have expended large amounts of energy during their migratory flights. And though spring can be warm and sunny, the majority of birds’ natural food sources have not had time to grow. Many birds rely on bird seed and suet to help them survive cold spring nights or sudden spring storms. You will notice the increased number of birds and their level of activity as spring turns into summer. Providing food and water sources allow you to see wild birds exhibiting their brightest colors of the year.

Wild Birds Unlimited, located inside all three Moana Nursery locations in Reno and Sparks, 1100 W. Moana Lane, 11301 S. Virginia St. and 7655 Pyramid Hwy., is part of the original and largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores with more than 275 locations throughout the United States and Canada. Wild Birds Unlimited specializes in bringing people and nature together with bird feeding and nature products, expert advice and educational events. Visit www.reno.wbu.com for more information.