August 10, 2009
Calling all bird lovers! Millikin University is the new home for the National Bird-Feeding Society (NBFS).
Established in 1989, the NBFS (www.nbfs.org) seeks to improve the hobby of bird feeding and watching by connecting bird lovers with education and research about best practices for wild bird feeding. After 15 years of service to the public, they recently entrusted the Wild Bird Centers of America, Inc. (WBCA) to be the exclusive sponsor of NBFS and continue its mission.
“The WBCA is committed to the NBFS mission to make the latest backyard bird feeding information and resources available to the public,” commented George Petrides, Sr., founder and chairman of WBCA. “Millikin’s staff and students will bring new perspectives and talents to the organization. We are honored to support the NBFS and its goals,” he concluded.
Dr. David Horn, associate professor of biology at Millikin and director of research and development for Wild Bird Centers of America, serves as Director of NBFS. Stacey Shonkwiler, a 2008 Millikin graduate, serves as General Manager.
This is not Millikin’s first significant research endeavor about wild bird feeding. From 2005-2008, Millikin served as home to Project Wildbird, a three-year, one million dollar study on food and feeder preferences of wild birds. The research program, with Horn as Lead Researcher, involved participants from across the United States and Canada and was funded by the Wild Bird Feeding Industry Research Foundation.
“Millikin University is delighted to be a vital part of the NBFS,” remarked Horn. “As the home to the NBFS, students will have the opportunity to help millions of people bring some of nature’s most beautiful sights and sounds right outside their window and gain a greater connection to the natural world. Students will gain real-world experience not only by studying wild bird feeding, but by assisting in the day-to-day operations of the organization.”
The NBFS Web site is located at www.nbfs.org. The Web site serves as a comprehensive resource for people who feed wild birds and the Society invites individuals to ask questions about their bird-feeding experience. On the site, individuals can learn more about the seed and feeder preferences of wild birds as well as view the most current news, research and developments in the world of backyard bird feeding.