Feeding the birds this winter

With the winter months upon us, birds have a difficult time finding food.  Below are some different types of birdfeeders and treats your students can make so that they feel they are making a difference in helping the wildlife this winter.

Birdseed Cookies


2 cups flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup of sugar

2/3 cup shortening (Crisco)

2 eggs

3/4 cup birdseed (use small seeds)

3 egg whites

cookie cutters

yarn to hang cookies


Sift all the dry ingredients together and cut in the shortening with a blunt knife.  Add the eggs. Add the birdseed and kneed until smooth.  Allow the dough to chill overnight.  Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into shapes with cookie cutters.  Insert a paper clip into the top of the shape to act as a hanger.  Brush the cookie with beaten egg whites and press birdseed into the top of the cookie.  Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 325 degrees F for 10-15 minutes or until the cookies are hard.  String yarn through the paper clip to make a hanger and hang outside.



Bagel Bird Feeder


day old bagels

vegetable shortening (Crisco)


yarn for hanging


Spread shortening over the bagel and put the bagel into a bag of birdseed.  Shake and remove.  Loop yarn through the bagel to make a hanger and hang outside.



Pine Cone Bird Feeders


2 cups bread crumbs

1/2 cup unsalted nuts

2 - 3 chopped apples

2/3 cup of raisins

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup cornmeal

1/2 pound ground beef suet

1/2 cup flour

1  8 oz. jar of peanut butter

1 cup wild birdseed.


Mix ingredients together.   Press into pine cones.  Hang them outside and watch the birds feast!




Peanut, Popcorn, and Cranberry Strings


Using a needle, string unsalted, unshelled roasted peanuts, fresh cranberries, and popped popcorn on cotton string.  String them around the trees and watch the birds enjoy!




2 Liter Bottle Feeders


Make a water feeder or seed feeder out of an empty plastic two liter bottle.  Cut a hole just above the base and put water or birdseed inside the bottle.  Punch a pencil or a wooden dowel through the bottle just under the hole to make a perch.  Cut a wire coat hanger and bend both ends to make a hook.  Insert the hook into each side of the bottle near the top.  You can decorate the bottles using paint pens.  



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