Construct Bird Feeders at Ridges’ “Early Birders Club”

Tips and tricks to get started in bird feeding will be discussed at the next “Early Birders Club” program at the Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor. The program will take place Nov. 12 at 10 am. Drop-in fee for the program is $5 per family.

According to the National Audubon Society, over 100 species of birds in North America supplement their natural diets with food provided by humans. Along with benefiting the local bird populations, feeders can provide great opportunities for identifying and studying birds. During the program, families will make simple bird feeders from recycled materials. Participants should bring along a wire coat hanger and a one- or two-liter plastic bottle for each person.

The Early Birders program is designed for families with kids ages 6 to 11, but younger or older children are also encouraged to attend. Each monthly meeting will include birding activities, crafts, birdwatching hikes, special guests (both human & avian), and more. For a one-time fee of $15, each family receives a copy of Wild About Wisconsin Birds and a Door County bird checklist. Monthly meetings are held at different locations in northern and southern Door County. The Early Birders Club is supported in part by the Raibrook Foundation.

The Ridges Sanctuary, a non-profit nature preserve, is located just north of Baileys Harbor at 8288 County Q. For more information call 920.839.2802 or visit