The key is to bring your feeder in at night. If you think that you needn’t worry about bears at your bird feeders — or in your backyard — because it’s December, think again. As Allendale residents (including me) have been reminded in recent days, these large mammals love to dine at bird feeders. And they are willing to bend an iron-pipe feeder pole or mangle the feeder to get to their meal. The answer is not to install a sturdier feeder pole or buy a more durable feeder, as some folks do.
Earlier this month, I asked readers to send me their favorite feeder stories. The first two replies were, well, troubling. Joe Koscielny of Oakland wrote that he cannot put up his feeders every year until the weather gets colder, and attached a photo taken by his son by way of explanation. In the photo was a big black bear, and an iron feeder pole bent like a strand of licorice.
Nathaniel Vele, a student at Westwood Regional H.S., assembles a tower for the tiny, fast-flying migratory birds in Westvale Park. Chimney swifts, which migrate through northern New Jersey by the thousands each September, have fallen on tough times as more and more large chimneys fall into disuse. These small, insect-devouring birds have abandoned traditional migration roosts like the huge chimney at George Washington Middle School in Ridgewood in recent years.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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