Bird Feeder and Bird Seed Selection in Local Populations of Birds on Midway University’s Campus: Interaction Work

Kansas Beard Midway University
Faculty Sponsor(s): John Delfino Midway University
Bird watching is a billion-dollar industry today. Many people take up bird watching as a hobby to familiarize themselves with native populations in the area where these “birders” live. In 2011, there were an estimated 47 million birdwatchers documented in the United States. There is a drastic amount of secondary literature verses primary literature that can be found on bird seed/ bird feeder studies. Primary work for these types of studies was conducted in the 1980s but has since begun to decrease. This study observed bird feeder/bird seed combinations to develop aggregate selections and associations. Bird seed types used in this study were black oil sunflower seed, safflower seed, and white proso- millet seed. Feeder types included platform feeder, hopper feeder, and tube feeder. The criterion for selections/associations was a visit to a feeding perch to feed. Seed/feeder combinations were rotated at two-week intervals. From aggregate selections, the blackoil sunflower seed/platform feeder combination was the most popular choice for combination 1. For combination 2, the most popular combination was the safflower seed/platform feeder. For combination 3, the most popular combination was blackoil sunflower seed/hopper feeder. For all combinations (combinations 1, 2, & 3), there were significant associations between birds and feeder/seed combinations. Intraspecific and interspecific competition also played a role in feeder/seed selection among different bird species. This study shows significant relationships between avian species and feeder/seed types.
Oral Presentation

When & Where

11:00 AM
Gallahue Hall 102