For the Birds

A Baltimore oriole visits the bird feeders at Severson Dells.

A Baltimore oriole visits the bird feeders at Severson Dells.

“Birds are everywhere, they sing, they soar and provide us with one of the most exciting ways to connect with nature. They inspire us with their beauty, have intriguing behavior to be entertained by and are prime indicators of how well we are taking care of our planet. Birds enlighten the lives of people who feed, observe, photograph and study them,” explains Severson Dells board member Patty Oliveri.

Severson Dells Nature Center is a magnet for bird-lovers. Our nature preserve provides habitat for a variety of species of birds. Migrating and resident birds find habitat in our high-quality nature preserve. A diversity of birds are attracted to our world-class bird feeders that cater to a variety of different species.

Board member Patty Oliveri feeding the birds in the winter months at Severson Dells Nature Center.

Board member Patty Oliveri feeding the birds in the winter months at Severson Dells Nature Center.

Patty Oliveri’s enthusiasm for birds is hard to match. She organized efforts to install the new bird feeding system at Severson Dells. Local bird authority Barbara Williams designed the feeding station (she and her husband Dan also generously donate seed). A local supporter and bird-lover fabricated the steel posts and purchased bird feeders and large baffles to protect the feeders from raccoons and squirrels. Rock Valley Garden Center, Inc. has thoughtfully provided the bird feeders at half-cost and has provided us with bags of black oil sunflower seeds, Elite Mix, thistle, white safflower, suet, and peanuts to feed the birds at the Dells.

For the birds, these feeding stations provide nutrition, especially when resources are scarce in the winter and during migration. For our guests, they provide enjoyment, relaxation, and education, promote environmental stewardship, and serve as a citizen science tool for observation, data collection, and research.

birdfeeders

Visitors are encouraged to spend some time at Severson Dells Nature Center watching the birds. Our library offers over-stuffed armchairs, binoculars, and field guides to birds. Our exhibit space provides a viewing bench with visual guides for birding and a bird board showing all of the species seen at Severson throughout the year. Benches and a picnic table offer outdoor observations. Whether you are an expert birder or are just bird-curious, come out to the nature center and you’ll fall in love with the birds.

Did you know that you can learn more about the birds of Winnebago County on our website?

Ellen Rathbone educates visitors about the birds at Severson Dells.

Ellen Rathbone educates visitors about the birds at Severson Dells.

Other helpful resources for birding include:

iBird

All About Birds

Rock Valley Garden Center

Check out Rock Valley Garden Center’s amazing selection of birdseed, houses, and feeders. They are located at 785 N. Bell School Rd. Rockford, IL. We are so grateful to them for all their support.


This article can be found in our latest Notes from the Dells Newsletter.