Help wild birds in the winter

A male and female cardinal share sunflower seeds on a snowy birdbath. —Patricia Gay photo

Connecticut’s birds are generally well-adapted to New England winters. But that doesn’t mean you can’t help them get through periods that are particularly cold and snowy.

The keys are food and water.

Give them plenty to eat. And when ponds and streams are frozen, fresh, clean water is particularly important.

Here are six ways to help birds in winter, based on the best advice from Patrick Comins, our executive director; Miley Bull, our senior director of science and conservation; and Andy Griswold, our EcoTravel director.