On Thursday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m. the Northwoods Wildlife Center in Minocqua will hold a free back yard birding presentation.
Anyone interested is encouraged to come and learn how to attract birds to yards through natural landscaping, types of feeders and how to properly set them up, different feeds for different birds and nesting boxes. Instructions on preventing common threats to birds including disease, window strikes and predator attacks will also be presented.
The presentation will be held at the Northwoods Wildlife Center, 8683 S. Blumenstein Rd. in Minocqua (across from Trigs on Hwy. 70). For more information, call (715) 356-7400.
The Northwoods Wildlife Center has been receiving numerous reports of sick and dead birds, especially common redpolls, found at bird feeders. It is possible that many are dying from Salmonella poisoning.
The Northwoods Wildlife Center recommends that anyone who has sighted sick birds remove any feeders for two weeks to disperse the birds. Feeders should be thoroughly cleaned and soaked in a 10 percent bleach and water solution. Rake up all food on the ground and dispose in the trash, and store all food in rodent-proof containers. Also, be sure to wear gloves when handling contaminated feeders and food, and wash hands as Salmonella may be transferred to humans.