Clarence, New York (PRWEB) November 15, 2011

USABirdSupply.com offers bird gift ideas for the winter months ahead. Climate changes are affecting birds and where they winter. According to Audubon analyses, many species are moving north to winter, reflecting global warming. Purple Finches and Wild Turkeys have moved 400+ miles north in the last 40 years, while the Marbled Murrelets, Ring-Billed Gulls, Red-Breasted Mergansers, and Spruce Grouse have moved 300-360 miles north. Pine Suskins, Fox Sparrows, Boreal Chickadees and House Finches have moved 250+ miles north.

However, some species are not moving north, to their detriment, as their habitat becomes drier. This includes the burrowing owl, the meadowlark, whose population has declined 72% in the last 40 years, the vesper sparrow and generally grassland species.

Living in Southern California, Florida, or the Southern US, winter might mean swing temperatures from the low 40’s to 70’s. In the northern part of the US, the winter means very cold weather and snow.

USABirdSupply.com Offers 10 Bird Gift Ideas For Winter

1. Winter Shelters – Picture blowing wind, horizontal snow, bitter cold and weighing less than one ounce. Placing winter shelters facing south ideally under eaves, in a safe area from predators and protected from the wind and heavy snowfalls can provide huddled birds warmth and protection from the environment. USABirdSupply.com offers winter shelters for birds and is a great gift.

2. Winter Roosting Boxes– Roosting boxes allow small birds to huddle together for warmth. They differ from a bird house in that the hole is at the bottom rather than the middle or top to reduce heat loss. They also have perches inside allowing many birds to huddle. Place the box facing south, in a protected area, safe from predators and relatively close to feeders. Hang out nesting materials and the birds will stuff them inside the box for additional warmth. Chickadees, wrens, titmice, and woodpeckers will use a roosting box. The box should be about 12 feet off the ground. A metal or slate guard around the hole will help deter squirrels. After the holidays, Christmas trees can be placed outside for a shelter as well.

3. Heated Bird Baths – Birds require fresh water for drinking and bathing year round. A heated bird bath or heating element placed in an existing bird bath will encourage birds to frequent feeders as they will have access to both food and water. While birds do eat snow, it reduces their body heat. USABirdSupply.com offers pedestal as well as deck- EZ-tilt heated bird baths. In the warmer US regions, having a bird bath year round near feeders provides an ideal bird watching environment.

4. Suet - Suet is a high energy food with a high fat content that helps keep birds warm. Having a window suet feeder, hanging suet feeder or suet log is essential for winter bird feeding. There are numerous varieties of suet including hot pepper. The hot pepper taste deters squirrels but not birds. Chickadees, nuthatches, blue jays as well as woodpeckers will be attracted to suet. Bluebirds, warblers, kinglets, titmice, and wrens prefer suet with small seeds. USABirdSupply.com offers a wide variety of suet feeders and types of suet.

5. Bird Seed – Seeds with high fat or oil content provide energy and should be selected based on the types of birds that winter in your area. These would include black oil sunflower seeds, nyjer, white millet, and peanuts. To reduce waste and have no-mess, buy hulled seeds in the winter.

6. Striped vs. Oil Sunflower Seeds – Oil sunflower seeds have more oil than striped sunflower, are smaller and have a thinner shell which is easier to open. Striped sunflower seeds are larger with a thicker shell. While most birds such as cardinals, chickadees, nuthatches, titmice and blue jays eat either type, sparrows and blackbirds have a harder time opening striped sunflower seeds.

7. Feeder Placement - Ground Feeders for southern areas that do not have snow in the winter attract juncos, brown thrashers, towhees, and sparrows. In areas with more challenging winters, the bird feeders should be placed out of the wind and should have the area beneath them cleaned of snow so the ground feeders can eat. Hopper and platform feeders attract cardinals, blue jays, chickadees, and titmice.

8. Cleaning Feeders And Bird Baths Before Winter – Before it gets too cold, clean and sterilize the feeder to reduce mold and get rid of old seed. Use gloves and a stiff brush. Feeders should be cleaned once a month. To clean the feeder there are several methods: one part bleach to nine parts hot water, mild unscented dish detergent in solution, or 4 parts water to 1 part white vinegar. Scrub and rinse thoroughly. Fill when completely dry. The same ratios can be used for bird baths. Also clean the area below feeders with a broom or shovel and hose down. There are also long cleaning brushes and easy-clean tube feeders with removable bottoms. USABirdSupply.com offers cleaning brushes, easy clean tube bird feeders, and bottled bird bath and bird house cleaners.

9. Bird Feeder Rain Guards – Rain guards, which in some cases double as a squirrel baffle, protect tube feeders which do not have a cover over feeding ports. Guards help with rain (in warmer regions) and snow in colder areas.

10. Squirrel Proof Feeders and Baffles - Using hot pepper suet and red cayenne/hot pepper in feed helps deters squirrels (but not birds). Squirrel proof feeders come in a variety of styles—weight activated, tube feeders in wire cages, and battery operated feeders that flip, tip and whip squirrels off the feeder. Safflower, nyjer seed and natural and hot pepper suet are not favorites of squirrels. Baffles can also be effective for feeders and when mounted on top protects the seed from rain and snow.

USABirdSupply.com is Located in Clarence, NY Outside Buffalo And Offers Over 1100 Bird Products Including Squirrel Proof Feeders, Hummingbird Feeders, Purple Martin Houses & Gourds, Bird Feeders, Bird Houses, Bird Baths, Garden Art, Bat & Owl Houses, Garden Flags, Butterfly Feeders, Live Mason Bees, and Honey Bee Supplies.

It seems that everyone is "going green" these days. You don't have to believe in global warming to go green. Even if global warming doesn't exist, going green is beneficial to your health by putting less chemicals and toxins in our air and water. Recycling means less waste in our landfills. Using natural cleaners is less toxic to our bodies and our pets. You can even go green with your dog. Here's how:

1. Buy eco-friendly dog beds.

There are companies that manufacture dog beds from natural materials or use recycling in their manufacturing process. Some companies use hemp, which is a plant that can be harvested for its fibers and is used to make clothing, dog beds and other things. It has been used for centuries. No pesticides are needed for growing it, and it is almost instantly replenished once picked and grows in near drought conditions. Organic cotton is another natural material used for dog beds. Organic means grown without the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers.

Some companies use recycled plastic soda bottles to make dog beds. They do this by removing the labels and caps and then cleaning and disinfecting the bottles. The plastic bottles are then chopped into flakes, melted, liquefied and then re-engineered into fibers that are used in fiber fill and fabrics. This process can use up to 8 times less energy than it takes to manufacture the same material new.

By buying eco-friendly dog beds, you use natural resources, which are less toxic, and keep garbage out of the landfills, using less energy to make a new dog bed than starting from scratch. Many eco-friendly dog beds are made from high-quality materials and are very durable, thus saving you money. They come in many different styles and colors. Some eco-friendly dog beds, such as a bumper bed, can be customized, meaning you choose the color and pattern of the bed and the cushion that goes inside it. Eco-friendly dog beds are usually stylish and come in eye-popping colors.

2. Buy eco-friendly dog toys.

Your dog loves to play and needs toys. Why not let him go green by buying him eco-friendly dog toys? Some plush dog toys are made with eco fabric that utilizes 85% recycled fibers and are then stuffed with fiber fill made from recycled soda bottles, using the same procedure as the one used for making dog beds. Eco-friendly dog toys also come in modern designs and inspired colors that radiate energy. The more durable "guaranteed tough" dog toys are designed to be recyclable and to create virtually no waste during the manufacturing process. They contain up to 10% post-industrial recycled plastic, along with post-consumer recycled plastic that's received directly from customer returns.

3. Buy eco-friendly dog clothes.

If your dog wears clothes, you and your dog can go green by buying eco-friendly dog sweaters and jackets. You can find dog sweaters that are made from reclaimed cotton. That is, scraps from T-shirts or other cotton garments that are too small to do anything with and would otherwise end up in an incinerator are cleaned and separated into raw fibers and then blended with a small amount of acrylic to make dog sweaters. The fibers are carefully mixed to create cool colors and patterns. In this way, new cotton doesn't have to be grown or dyed, thus saving the earth from more chemicals and saving water and farmland.

There are dog jackets that are made from 100% recycled polyester and are also recyclable once dogs grow out of them, wear them out or the dogs' owners get tired of them.

4. Use natural therapies to treat your dog.

Many flea and tick products are very toxic for your dog and for the environment. You can use herbs, vinegar, some essential oils and other natural therapies to keep the fleas and ticks away. There are websites with "recipes" for flea and tick treatments so you can make your own or you can buy flea and tick shampoo that contains natural ingredients that's available in most health food stores. Your dog will be healthier if it is exposed to less toxins and you will be healthier too. Whatever goes on your dog also goes in your dog and in you if you handle your dog.

There are lots of ways to go green, whether you believe global warming exists or not. Going green is just good -- good for the environment, good for your health, good for animals and pets and just plain makes you feel good doing it. Besides that, going green can save you money by reusing, recycling, using less and staying healthy. And now, going green is not just for humans -- your dog can go green too.