Get the Most Out of Summer Camping Trips

Wild Birds Unlimited Offers Tips to View Wildlife in its Habitat

August 03, 2012 // Franchising.com // Carmel, Ind. – Summer is a popular time for outdoor family reunions, camping trips or sleep away camp for the kids. However, much of the fun in hiking and spending time outside is having encounters with animals in their natural environment.

“There are several easy things campers and hikers can do to get the most out of their outdoor experience,” said Jim Carpenter, CEO and founder of Wild Birds Unlimited, the original and largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores. “Some tips are fairly intuitive, such as being quiet on the trail, so as not to scare away animals you are hoping to view. Other tips are very important, but less well known, such as the fact that feathers and nests are all federally protected and not to be collected.”
Carpenter offers the following 10 camping/outdoor tips to make sure people can observe the most wildlife:

  1. Bring binoculars for kids and adults.
  2. Turn binoculars into a magnifying glass by reversing the end you look through; it works great for looking closely at flowers, butterflies, insects and more.
  3. Watch for birds actively feeding early in the morning.
  4. Late-risers can still see birds but may have to be more observant as the birds sing less often as the morning progresses.
  5. At night, listen for owls calling to each other.
  6. Listen for Great Horned Owls calling a five-note hoot that can be interpreted as “who’s awake, me too.”
  7. Listen for nighthawks in the evening sky—a nighthawk’s call sounds like a “pee-ernt.”<
  8. Set out a hummingbird feeder while camping and watch to see who shows up to investigate—don’t use a yellow feeder, though, as you’ll probably attract bees, not birds. Hummingbirds like the color red.
  9. Use the simple ratio of ¼ cup of sugar to one cup of water (a one-to-four ratio) for hummingbird nectar.
  10. Bird and other wildlife identification guides show you how to look for wildlife; what kinds of behaviors to look for; and what habitats to look in to be able to identify what you see.

About Wild Birds Unlimited

Wild Birds Unlimited is the original and largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores with more than 275 locations throughout the United States and Canada. Wild Birds Unlimited specializes in bringing people and nature together with bird feeding and nature products, expert advice and educational events. Visit our Web site and shop online at www.wbu.com. To learn how you can open your own Wild Birds Unlimited, visit www.wbufranchise.com.

Media Contact:

Sheryl Bass
Fishman Public Relations
847.945.1300
Sbass@fishmanpr.com

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