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Learn about feeding birds in the winter – and more – with Extension webinars

The Frontier Extension District is putting together a series of horticulture webinars beginning 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. The first meeting will cover feeding birds through the winter. Severe winter weather is not only hard on people, but can be a life and death struggle for birds. Birds, like humans, require water, shelter and food. People often think of food as the resource most lacking during cold weather. So what do we feed them? There are many different bird food mixes available, mostly because various species prefer different grains. However, there is one seed that has more universal appeal than any other: black oil sunflower. If you are new to the bird-feeding game, make sure there is a high percentage of this seed in your mix.

In this webinar you will learn about feeding birds in the winter, how many feeders you should have out, what type of feeders to use to draw a certain species, or even issues you may have while feeding birds. Sign up for the horticulture webinar series starting Feb. 4 with speaker Chuck Otte, Geary County Extension agent, who is an avid bird watcher and spent a lot of time learning how to draw different birds to his back yard.

The meetings in the horticulture webinar series are open and free to the public. These Zooms will consist of a 45-minute presentation with the opportunity to ask the speaker questions at the end. For more information or to get the zoom link, please call the Frontier Extension District- Garnett Office at 785-448-6826 or email reschaub@ksu.edu.

Meeting topics and dates for the horticulture webinar series:

  • Feb. 4 – Feeding birds in the winter, Chuck Otte, Geary County Extension agent.
  • Feb. 18 – Cut flowers and arrangements, Shawn Turner, Turner Flowers.
  • March 4 – Irrigation for homeowners and gardeners, Cathie Lavis, K-State Research and Extension specialist in landscape management.
  • March 18 – Wildlife control, Drew Ricketts, K-State Research and Extension wildlife specialist.

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