As kaitiaki , we understand the importance of supporting feathered friends, especially during times when natural food sources may be scarce. To provide a helping hand, we've embarked on a mission to create a nourishing sugar water solution for our local birds.
To get started, we gathered the following materials:
- Sugar: A crucial ingredient for our sweet concoction.
- Water: Pure and clean, ensuring a safe mix for our birds.
- Containers: Sturdy vessels to hold the sugar water.
Our recipe was simple:
- ⅛ cup of sugar
- 1 cup of water
- Boil the water: We ensured the water was clean and boiled it to make it safe for the avian friends.
- Mix the sugar: While the water was still warm, we carefully stirred in the sugar until it dissolved completely.
- Cool and pour: After the solution cooled down, we poured it into our containers, making sure they were clean and ready to use.
But why sugar water, you might ask? This homemade solution mimics the nectar found in flowers, providing a quick energy boost for birds like silvereye, tūī, and fantails. Especially in colder months or during dry spells when natural food sources may be limited, this sugar water acts as a lifeline for our feathered friends.
Room 9 students took home their sugar water to share with the native birds near their home.