By Kent Berkley
Door County is one of the best places in the country for bird watching. Bird lovers often get concerned about the well-being and viability of local birds when the temperatures reach extreme lows. Rob Hults, Executive Director of Open Door Bird Sanctuary, says that birds have great abilities to adapt to harsh conditions.
Rob says that birds will take advantage of bird seed and food sources provided by homeowners. He says the birds can use the bounty to store calories during bouts of extreme cold. Rob says that in some cases the greater gift would be to put out a heated bird bath. Finding unfrozen water to drink and use for bathing is often the greatest challenge during extreme weather. Bathing in the winter is important because clean feathers provide better warmth for the birds.