The Backyard Naturalist will help you determine the best water source for your backyard bird habitat.

Water: One of Three Elements that Make Your Backyard a Bird Habitat

Food + Water + Shelter = Habitat


Fresh for drinking and bathing year round

All birds need fresh water every day!
Birds drink water! Bathing aids in preening which aligns feathers for optimum insulation and…oddly enough…waterproofing! That’s why accessible water is so critical in winter.

Keep water source filled, fresh and ice-free.

The Backyard Naturalist's Guide to Backyard Habitats & WATER - one of three simple elements.

A bird bath is a great first element for your habitat! Because all birds will visit your bird bath, including birds that won’t frequent your feeders— like fruit and insect eaters.

A bird bath gives you a front row seat to see birds at their best! Don’t miss out on the fun. We can help you choose a water source for your habitat and recommend the best spot for it. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Just fresh and filled.

We can’t say enough about how important water is to the survival of our wild birds year round. During extreme weather, your bird bath could be a lifesaver.

Here are some of our blog post and resource page articles that we hope will help. As always, just stop by the store if you have questions. We will help you determine which water source works best for your backyard and where to place it.

Helpful Resources

Wild Birds, Water and Summer
Attracting Birds to Your Bird Bath
How to Choose a Bird Bath
Where to Place Your Bird Bath
How to Maintain Your Bird Bath in Summer

Mosquitoes, Bird Baths and Your Backyard

Worried about Mosquitoes? Don’t be! No well-maintained bird bath breeds mosquitoes.

The Backyard Naturalist’s Backyard Birder’s Summer Checklist

Wild Birds, Water and Winter
Why Water is So Critical for Wild Birds During Winter
How to Maintain Your Bird Bath in Winter
How to Keep Your Bird Bath Ice-free
How to Clean Your Bird Bath (Never use chemicals in the water!)

The Backyard Naturalist’s Extreme Winter Weather Prep List
Getting Ready for Spring Migration and New Guests
Why Your Bird Bath is So Important During Fall Migration

Why Birds Matter

2018 is officially designated ‘Year of the Bird’!
Topics include:
Why is 2018 ‘Year of the Bird’?
What is the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act(MBTA)?
Why the Concern Now about the MBTA?
How Wild Birds Bring Us Together
Why Birds Matter to All of Us: Shared Experiences
Committing to the Future
Protecting Wild Birds for Our Grandchildren and Their Grandchildren
How to Find Out More About ‘Year of the Bird’ Activities

Your Backyard Habitat Can Be a Haven for Generations of Wild Birds
Even the smallest, most humble habitat contributes to the health and well-being of wild birds.

We’re Here to Help!

Stop by the store and tell us about the birds you’re seeing in your yard. We’ll help you find the right water source for your backyard birds, where to place it (for your enjoyment and theirs!) and how to maintain it year round.

We are more than happy to answer questions and give our best advice. That’s why we started The Backyard Naturalist store almost 30 years ago. Our mission:

To inspire our community to appreciate and nurture the nature found in all our backyards by providing a sanctuary of food, water and shelter for wild birds.

We’re here to help you with your habitat at every step with free advice and quality products that fit any budget.

Let us know how it’s going!

Post a photo of your habitat on The Backyard Naturalist’s Facebook page. Always, stop in or call us if you have questions. We learn from each other!