Have you looked out into your backyard lately?
If you do, you might notice that it’s at this time of the year that the birds and even the squirrels, are scrounging around for food as well as for nesting material because just like you, they need to prepare for the winter ahead.
Now, if you celebrated Christmas with a real Christmas tree or even a holiday wreath made from natural materials, you are probably getting ready to dispose of them in the very near future.
So, this can be a win-win solution for both you and the birds, because there is a way for you to recycle what you have into something they need to have. Just pass that used Christmas tree and slightly dried-out holiday wreath, down the food chain, and re-gift them to some of nature’s neediest and smallest creatures. Give them as gifts to the birds and squirrels, and you will be celebrating nature in the process.
How to Prepare the Tree to Bring Outdoors
- Take all the ornaments, lights, and decorations off the tree. If you used tinsel or icicles, make sure you remove them all.
- Decide on where you plan on setting up the tree outdoors.
- Place the base of the tree in a bucket, then fill the bucket with sand, stones, or water if the water will freeze to ice when placed outside. Or, you can always leave the tree in its indoor tree stand.
How to Trim the Tree for the Birds
Basically, you can use just about any of your holiday leftovers as tree trimmings. The birds and even squirrels aren’t too picky when it comes to our table scraps. Even what we consider small portions is useful to them. Here are a few decorating suggestions to help you get started.
- Bread, the harder the better, cut into smaller pieces. – Attach by hanging with string or stick on the branches using peanut butter.
- Donuts, pastry, or crackers are favorites, plain or covered with peanut butter and rolled in bird seeds. – Hang with string or yarn, or attach with peanut butter.
- Oranges or tangerines, cut into slices, and hung on the tree branches.
- Apples and pears, cut into slices, and hung on the tree branches.
- Cranberries on a string. – Hang like garland on the Christmas tree.
- Popcorn on a string. – Hang like garland on the tree.
- Pieces of string and yarn attached to the tree. – Used for nesting material.
You can use all of these items to decorate a wreath as well. Just make sure that there are no items used that contain glitter or paint. We’re doing this nature’s way, all-natural.
So there you have it a fantastic way for you and the entire family, to celebrate nature as we near the end of this season of holiday celebrations.
Have fun! I’m quite sure the birds and squirrels will.