This is a guest post from Johnie of DirtbagDarling.com
Going on a winter hike can be magical: the snow falling all around you, cozy mittens on your hands, hot cocoa in your thermos. But it can be disheartening to watch winter animals search for hard-to-find food. Give them a hand by mixing up a batch of birdseed bombs before you head out—tie them on trees or drop them behind you as you walk.
What you need:
Pears or apples
Biodegradable string or twine
Peanut butter, lard, or suet
Wooden skewer or long toothpick
Start by slicing up your pear into bite-sized chunks. If you want round “bombs,” try using a melon baller on your semi-soft fruit.
Hold one end of your twine over the pointed end of the skewer or toothpick, then, still holding the twine in place, slide it through the sturdiest point of each fruit chunk. Tie a loop in the twine so you can hang your fruit.
Heat up your lard or peanut butter over low heat until smooth. Mix in about two cups of the wild birdseed until combined.
While the peanut butter or lard is still warm, pour it over the fruit. If it starts hardening, simply reheat or spread with a spoon. Dip the peanut butter in your leftover seed.
Hang your seed bombs on branches that have lots of twigs that can act as perches. Leave the fruit low hanging so deer can reach the fruit. No trees in sight? Tear out the twine and toss them on the ground—the animals will find them!