Kids Feeding Birds with Sunflower Seeds
A great activity that’s both fun and educational is having kids feed birds with sunflower seeds, growing and harvesting sunflower seeds is an inexpensive and easy way to provide seeds for wildlife. Providing sunflower seeds will make your garden inviting getting the attention of birds and other wildlife which is a great offer they can’t refuse.
The interaction of birds and kids can be a rewarding experience for them as they help nature by giving a helping hand, as a child one of my favorite activity was bird feeding so I am sure your kids will find this activity to be fun-filled.
Harvesting Sunflower Seed Heads
Once the sunflower heads have reached maturity or are well formed and start to dry, remove the top 1/4 of the plant’s stalk and place them in a cool spot that’s ventilated so that the stalk and the flowers can dry. After a few weeks check the flower head, signs that the flower heads are dry is when the front of the head is crispy brown followed by the back of the flower head turning a yellow color.
Now that the sunflower heads are dried or cured remove the remaining stem from the flower, next make a few holes near the top of the flower heads followed by threading florist wire through them. The flower heads can now be hung from a tree branch or a fence for birds to begin to feed.
Step to Hanging Sunflower Seed Heads
What Wildlife to Sunflower Seeds Attracts?
- Birds such as woodpeckers, nuthatches, doves, Chickadees, finches, cardinals, blue jays, blackbirds, house sparrows, bluebirds, etc…
1. While the flower heads are drying you may consider covering the mature flower heads with a paper bag, cheesecloth, or netting material to keep birds away until the flower heads are completely dried. Don’t use plastic bags because a plastic bag will encourage moisture causing the seeds to rot which will discourage birds or cause them to be uninterested. This buildup of moisture can also increase the risk of fungus or mold that is dangerous to a bird’s health if they decide to eat the seeds.
2. The best sunflowers to use are those that have larger heads such as, ‘Russian Mammoth’,‘Sunzilla’, or ‘Giant Gray Stripe’.
The final word on how to use sunflower seed heads to feed birds
It’s so amazing how we can connect with nature in so many ways, nature also needs our help in helping the many wildlife, I believe that kids will find this to be most exciting as they learn about nature and how to care for nature. Who knows this activity might be the beginning of something new that might spark an interest for them to find a career in a related field that impacts our environment and our ecosystem in a positive way. So let’s get our kids involved they will thank you for it and nature will thank you for it as well.
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