Saratoga Springs, New York

Lois Geshiwlm
Nancy Castillo

Lois Geshiwlm<br>Nancy Castillo

We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.

Saratoga Springs, New York

THE SHOPPES AT WILTON
Next to TJMaxx,
3084 Route 50, Suite 1
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Phone: (518) 226-0071
Fax: (518) 226-0253
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Store Hours:
Mon - Wed: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thurs - Fri: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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COMMON REDPOLL
Click on "OPEN ARTICLE" to read our article about Common Redpolls in the Nov/Dec '11 BirdWatcher's Digest

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We can show you how to turn your yard into a birdfeeding habitat that brings song, color and life to your home.

Birds are at Risk

Over one-half of our bird species are at risk, threatened by climate change, and could disappear forever if changes are not made.  Birds like the Bald Eagle, the Common Loon, and the Baltimore Oriole.

Please take 3-1/2 minutes to watch this important video that provides an important message about birds and climate change and what we as individuals can do to help our birds.

 

Townsend's WarblerSet a Place for Your
Globe-trotting Guests

More than 300 bird species found in North America during the summer make their way to Central and South America or the Caribbean, some covering distances of nearly 7,000 miles.

Parks, backyards and nature refuges across the country will host these winged visitors as the birds make their way to their winter homes.

Migration is a fascinating part of bird behavior

Besides the amount of daylight, it appears that age, sex, weather and the availability of food, water and shelter are the major factors in migratory behavior.  While migration is still not completely understood, it appears that some birds orient themselves by the stars on clear nights while others seem to have a built-in magnetic compass.

Some birds travel over large bodies of water, and birds commonly lose one-fourth to one-half of their body weight during such over-water migration.  In order to survive their grueling trip, birds accumulate fat prior to migration. This physiological change helps the birds maintain their energy reserves.

How we can help migrating birds

Not only can we enjoy migrating birds as they pass through our area, but we can also play a role in their survival by providing food, water, habitat and/or shelter to help them conserve and replenish their energy supply during their journey. Foods that are high in fat, such as suet, Bark Butter and a seed blend with lots of sunflower seeds, help birds refuel their energy supply.

A winter home to return to

Fall migration is the ideal time to pause and think about where these avian beauties are headed.    What if their usual wintering place was being threatened?  What if the habitat they need is being destroyed?  Will our birds return next spring?

Some of our most beloved summer feeder birds like Baltimore Orioles, Indigo Buntings, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds spend their winters in the lush tree canopy of shade-grown coffee farms.  It's great habitat for them.  But this habitat is under threat - it is at risk of being clear cut in order to grow coffee faster and cheaper by growing it in full sun.

Here's how you can help
You can drink a type of coffee that has met the stringent criteria to be certified by the
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center as "Bird-friendly®" shade-grown coffee. 
We sell this kind of coffee in our shop; it's called Birds & Beans™ coffee. 
We have it in three delicious blends and in decaf. 
We even have an insert to brew this coffee in your Keurig® brand coffeemaker.

Please take this small step to help the birds: read more about Bird-Friendly® Birds & Beans™ coffee, taste it in our store, then join us in making Birds & Beans YOUR coffee of choice.  Do it for your birds.

Each migration season - spring and fall - we will recommit ourselves
to spreading this message about the future of our migratory birds.

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