When visiting your favorite restaurant you expect dishes and utensils to be clean, food preparation areas to be sanitary, and the products to be healthy. Our songbirds should expect no less from us! When we attract these beautiful creatures to the “bird sanctuary” we have created for them in our yards, we have a responsibility to do no harm. Monthly washing of bird feeders should occur throughout the year. Use a solution of 9 parts water to 1 part bleach. Immerse feeders in the solution and scrub them with a brush. Rinse thoroughly, and allow them to dry completely before re-filling with seed. To simplify this process, choose feeders with easy clean features. Our favorites are the tube feeder line from Aspects, Inc., which have easily removable bases. Food should be stored in a cool, dry place that limits access by rodents and squirrels. A metal trash can with lid is ideal. Don’t overstock the birdfood pantry. Regular purchases will assure fresh seed and minimize any mold or insect problems. If your goal is to always have a busy “avian restaurant,” then keep the offerings fresh and the tableware clean. And don’t forget the menu! Aspen Song Wild Bird Foods have each been formulated with the birds needs as our first priority. The revues have all been enthusiastically positive! Good eats!