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I am excited to team up with Ace Hardware to be an “Ace Birding Blogger”, this is a sponsored post but all opinions and ideas are my own.

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As a little girl I remember going to my Grandma and Grandpa Ashby’s house and watching birds with them.  Sometimes we would just sit and watch them through the kitchen window. But  if it was nice outside we would sit outdoors and watch the birds flutter from one tree to another and listen to them sing their songs. I grew to love watching the birds, and is a memory I cherish.Spring bird feeders at ACE Hardware, how to make bird feeders with your family, family activities to do outside, ad

 Stopping to listen and watch the birds was something I had to learn. How many times had I run through their yard and totally missed the birds?  I had to learn to sit, listen and watch and like magic a whole other world unfolded in our own front yard. This is something I would like to pass down to my own children.

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6 Easy ways to teach your children about birds

  1. Get your kids involved and excited about bird watching.  If you do not already have birds in your yard, a good way to attract them is by putting a bird feeder in your yard.   Let your kids go to the store with you and help you pick out a bird feeder. Something as simple as allowing them to pick the color of the feeder helps to give them ownership of this new project. We went to our local Ace Hardware store, they had a great selection to pick from. We also got a huge bag of bird seed for  just under seven dollars.  Our local store is in Middleton, Idaho.  A small town, kind of a hidden treasure. You can beat the crowds and there are always friendly staff to help you with what ever you need. They even help you load your stuff into your car if you want!

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2. Look to see what kinds of plants attract birds in your area. Not all birds can live in your particular climate, so look for birds that are native to your area and build a space in your yard for them. My girls are hoping the hummingbirds come back to our yard this year.  So we looked for bright colored flowers with tubular shape that hold nectar, since that is what they are most attracted too.   We also bought a hummingbird feeder for them.  Our local Ace store had them for only $3.99, which is a really good deal!  Plus I can’t kill a feeder…. where I might end up killing the flowers, lol.  Our summers get pretty hot and about mid July I tend to start loosing flowers due to the heat.

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3. Knowledge is power and often makes them want to learn more. Teach your child a few things about the birds in your area. For example as we planted our bright colored flowers and filled our hummingbird feeder,  we also read a few facts about them. One of my daughters favorite was the fact that their long tongues could lick their food at the rate of 13 licks per second.  A few other fun facts, they only live 4 years and their hearts can beat 1,260 beats per minute.  My girls then had fun seeing how fast they could move their own tongue,  and counting their heart rate.

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4. Create a memory and share in the excitement.   Remember when I told you earlier how I learned to watch the birds from my grandparents.  I have never stopped to fully appreciate them if I have not spent the time with my grandma and grandpa all those years ago.  I could see how much they loved watching the birds, and I felt special that they would spend time with me, doing something they loved.  If you want your kids to learn about birds, join them. Get your hands dirty, help them fill up the feeders.  Giggle with them as they act like a silly little bird, and help them create a memory they will always remember.  If they have a positive first experience they want to learn more in the future.

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5. Let them dream. While we were at Ace my girls found a bird house that they wanted to add to their fairy garden. It was ceramic with a pretty teal roof. They both fell in love with it.  Now there is  a chance that the birds are not going to use this little ceramic house,  so I was very temped to tell them no and to only pick out the feeders that would actually attract birds.  But my heart saw the sparkle in their eyes, and I realized they will only be little for awhile. Before I know it fairy gardens will be a thing of the past, so let them dream.  They each picked out a few flowers to fill the flower pots and spent over an hour creating their own little fairy garden in a corner of our yard.

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6. Be consistent. Don’t just fill up the bird feeders once and never check them again.  Every other day or so, check your bird feeders to see if they need refilled. The ones we bought at Ace are pretty big and will stayed filled for a week or two depending on how many birds feed off of them.  Watch for feathers on the ground to see what kind of birds might we feeding if you have not been able to see them in person yet.  My girls just sat and looked UP the other night, and they were totally supersized to see two birds sitting in the tree above us, just watching us below.   When they got off the bus the next day, they stopped and looked up, to see if they were still up there, much to their delight they were!Bird feeders at ACE Hardware, Looking up to see the birds, where to buy birdfeeders, how to make bird feeders with your family, family activities to do outside, ad

 We are excited to be giving away a $150 Ace Hardware gift card that you can use at your local store or online. So you can start your own family memories  as you gather supplies to create your own Bird feeding adventure!

To enter  for the chance to win the $150 giftcard:

  1. Head over to the Ace Hardware page and leave a comment on this post telling me what catches your eye, what would you want to use your gift card on?
  2. For another entry leave a comment telling me what  Ace Bird Feeder you like best.
  3. For another entry tell me your favorite kind of bird.
  4. For another entry tell me if you have bird feeders in your yard, currently.

Giveaway will be fulfilled by  Ace, winner will be picked by a 3rd party at random.org.  Giveaway will end May 9th at 12pm mst.  Winner must list within the USA.

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  2. The bird feeder I like is the Audubon Snack Shack Squirrel Resistant Hopper Feeder.
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  3. I like the Wicker Planters and the dark blue park bench at Ace ! So cute
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  4. My favorite birds are Quaker Parrots because I’ve had them for year. My favorite backyard bird is the Cardinal. They look so amazing especially in the snow.

  5. I do not currently have any bird feeders in my yard but we had 1 up last spring and summer.  It broke during a windy storm this past winter.

  6. I would use the gift card to buy supplies for my garden, soil, seeds, etc..

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  7. We have a couple bird feeders, but nothing fancy. Just the ones that hold the squares of feed.

  8. I have 3 favorite birds, Blue Jay’s,  Humming Birds and Quail. We have some Quail nesting in our driveway now.

  9. I would love the Chicago Wicker Chesapeake Wicker Rocker in my yard this year! 
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  10. We do have a few feeders now.  We have a hummingbird feeder and one bird seed feeder.  I would love to get a few more.  So enjoyable to sit and watch the birds come in.  I get so excited when I see a new one!

  11. I really love their North States Green Barn Bird Feeder !  They have so many cute ones!
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  12. Oh all such great ideas for feeding the birds!  We love to feed them too!   We will have to try to make some of our own little ones too!  Would be fun!  I would love to get their Greenes 4′ x 4′ Cedar Raised Garden Bed to plant some milkweed for the Monarchs!

  13. I have a pole in my backyard to hang a bird feeder but I haven’t gotten a new one. My kids broke the other one when they kicked a ball into the feeder.

  14. My favorite bird feeder is the Perky Pet Squirrel Be Gone Country Style Bird Feeder.

  15. I would get some cute chairs for my patio and several strings of  the Feit 20ft Vintage Bulb String Lights.

  16. I currently do not have a bird feeders in my yard as of yet. It is on my shopping list.

  17. What catches your eye is the was the display of annuals and perennials that will attracts birds to my garden. I would use the gift card to buy flowers that birds love for my garden.

  18. I actually do not have a feeder in my yard right now.  During the winter, I tossed seed out for the birds when there is snow on theground.  Since moving to this current location I haven’t gotten around to hanging any feeders.
    Thanks for this opportunity.  I could really put the prize to good use!

  19. The first thing that caught my eyes which I’d use part of the gift card upon is the vintage string of lights. I’d like 5 sets for our porch.  The rest of the card’s value would go toward gardening supplies – they do add up 😉

  20. 1-id love the living banana chair
    2-3 love the antique bottle feeder in the aqua
    3-4 love all birds but blue birds I guess
    4-yes I do have feeders

  21. We have two birds feeders in our front yard, but cannot get any birds to eat from them! I think it’s because of all of the cats that are around here.

  22. My favorite bird is oddly the crow. They are such interpersonal bird that have a great memory. I fed one once and it came back everyday and waited for me to get out of school.

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  25. I love my feeders, one regular and one hummingbird, neighber has lots of yellow finches in her yard, what is she atracting them with?

  26. My favorite bird feeder is –Perky Pet Squirrel Be Gone Country Style Bird Feeder (338)
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  28. We live in Fl so we get to see quite a variety of birds. My favorite which would not be the kind we will see flying around a bird feeder is the Sandhill Crane….I also love hummingbirds.

  29. Our yard needs some sprucing up with flowers,plants and decore. That and bird feeder supplies would be how we’d like to spend the gift card if we were lucky to win.

  30. Yes, lots of feeders some bought and some cherished ones that various male family members have made.
    We have lots of feeders.
    Thanks!

  31. Oh my we have been bird watchers since I was a child.
    Very hard to pick a fave.
    Lucky for me living in south Florida we get the best of both worlds and bird species.
    North birds flock to my yard in fall winter but, the best are the tropical birds that get off course and come here too.
    A few faves wood stork, flamingo, pink ibis..various colorful wild parrots.

  32. 2. I like the boathouse on the feeder page..so beneficial.
    And I can always use another feeder The pesky squirrel feeder and one for the hummers

  33. 1. We love Ace, and we can pay bills there too. I am not sure what I’d buy..we are doing a kitchen remodel so it would come in handy to win.
    I did see an eye catching glass beverage spigot dispenser that is sweet!

  34. My favorite bird would have to be a hummingbird! No reason really – it’s just one of the only birds I can actually spot and recognize! 😉

  35. We don’t currently have a bird feeder but we’ve thought about doing one with our daughter!

  36. We have a busted up hummingbird feeder we need to replace!  It’s been there since we moved in.

  37. If I was the lucky winner of the GC, I would use it to spruce up the outside…maybe some more trees, more feeders, bird food for sure (as I’m running low), maybe a few chairs, flowers and briquets (it is almost summer). Thanks for the chance. And thanks for the feeder tips etc.

  38. We’d probably go for the squirrel stumper! They are everywhere in our neighborhood!

  39. We love birds! We usually try to feed finch food without thistle seeds (because I hate fighting them later).
    We also have our finch feeds up, done cheap (anybody can eat out of) feeders and our hummingbird feeders. The kids love watching the birds, sometimes we sit with our binoculars and watch them up close. We have a bird book that we use to identify the ones we don’t know as well.
    Where we live we have mountain blue birds (which I love to watch ‘cus they are blue when they fly), robins (who help with the worms), hummingbirds (many kinds), finch birds (I love them too because if the yellow makes). Every now and then we have a western tanager (very pretty orange) they like the hummingbird food.

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  42. I put my first bird feeder up about a month ago. Have so much fun watching the birds and have my grandchildren watching for them.

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  45. I would love to buy the  Chicago Wicker Chesapeake Wicker Rocker. I need a comfy  seat for outside!

  46. We do have bird feeders, but I want to put one outside my bedroom window and outside the kitchen window.

  47. I’d use the gift card to buy the Greenes 4′ x 4′ Cedar Raised Garden Bed.

  48. Cardinals are my favorite bird. They are semi-common in my area, and you can spot them from a mile away, even in dense brush.

  49. My favorite is trhe Stokes Cobalt twin bird feeder. It looks like it would blend well with my homes exterior.

  50. I would use the gift card to buy lawn and garden supplies, primarily fertilizer and seed. My lawn did not do so well during the winter and I need to give it a boost.

  51. We don’t currently have a bird feeder. We made some DIY ones last summer, but they’re gone now.

  52. I have one bird feeder in my yard. It looks like a house.
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  53. I love robins. We always had a lot in the yard when I was growing up. I love blue jays, too. 🙂

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  56. I’d use it to buy the supplies to make some raised gardening beds, and then fill them with flowers to attract the birds to the bird house we’d also purchase. lmclockedile @ gmail dot com

  57. I think I like the suet holders the best because you can cut up string and put it in them so the birds can use it for their nests.

  58. I liked any of the cobalt blue ones. Blue is my favorite color. I liked the mesh ladybug one for a bit of whimsy and I would have to get the tractor cob holder for the squirrels.

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  60. Yes, more than one bird feeder in our back yard: one for hummers and 2 seed ones for all the rest.
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  61. I like all birds so it would be very difficult to chose a top one. I guess I would say doves would be my favorite.
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