Activity: Make a Bird Feeder

It’s nearly winter! Time to consider putting up a bird feeder. Birds need that extra energy in times of temperature extremes and when natural sources of food may not be as readily available. Ready to make a bird feeder?

Make a Bird Feeder

  1. First decide what type of birds you wish to attract.
  2. Find a suitable location for a feeder.
    You’ll want the location free from predators and frequent traffic. You will also want to suit your location to the type of bird you wish to attract. Some birds prefer open areas, others cover, still others wooded areas, etc.
  3. Determine the height the feeder should be for your specific bird.
  4. Decide which type of feed your bird will prefer.
    Check the Winter Bird Feeding Guide from Cornell for help in choosing the best feed for your bird.
  5. Choose a feeder that is perfect for the type of feed you select.
    Check out these feeder types at Cornell’s Feeder Watch for ideas.
  6. Be sure to leave your feeder up until spring when the birds you have attracted can find abundant food on their own.

Additional Resources

Homemade Bird Feeders
Plans from the National Audubon Society for six different feeders including several that are easy for children to make.

Activity: Make a DIY Pumpkin Bird Feeder
Another idea.

Backyard Bird Feeder

The Backyard Bird Feeder’s Bible: The A-to-Z Guide To Feeders, Seed Mixes, Projects, And Treats by Sally Roth
Family favorite alphabetically covers everything needed to attract birds to your feeder — from A to Z!

Printables & Notebooking Pages

Common Feeder Birds Mini-Poster
Great download from Cornell for identification or notebook!

Bird Observation Notebooking Page
A favorite over at

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