Once again this year I am excited to share with you a fun craft I do at my house as soon as I can get my hands on a pumpkin. I can't take the credit for the idea but I can share the hell out of it.

Our Hudson Valley birds and critters are an enjoyment to watch and trust me there is a lot of entertainment value in watching a chipmunk turn a birdseed-filled pumpkin into a snack ball pit. Last year's pumpkin was big enough I even caught a squirrel sitting in the middle of it.

What Do You Need to Make a Pumpkin Birdfeeder

This year I am going with smaller pumpkins so that I can spread them out. Last year there was some fighting amounts the chipmunks that got pretty heated. I want to make sure I have enough for all the woodland creatures minus the bears.

PC: Paty Quyn
PC: Paty Quyn

That is a bit of a warning you don't want to make one of these pumpkin birdfeeders if you are in bear country. I am sure there is a bear somewhere in my neighborhood but fortunately, there are a few readily available dumpsters that they enjoy more.

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A couple of things to keep in mind when you are putting pumpkins out either as bird feeders or decoration. Many animals see pumpkins as a treat. Deer, squirrels even foxes so be sure you aren't putting out a pumpkin that could make an animal ill. For example, a paint pumpkin can last long but the paint can be toxic.


Is a Carved Pumpkin Bad for Wildlife

Also if you are carving a pumpkin and using something to keep it fresh longer that can also be bad for wildlife. If you have plans to do either of those things make sure you keep your pumpkin out of the reach of critters who might think it is a tasty snack. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has posted a list of do's and don'ts on their Facebook page.

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How To Make A Pumpkin Into A Critter Feeder

How to Make a Pumpkin Bird Feeder

I can't take credit for inventing this clever fall-themed bird feeder. I actually saw it first posted by the Farmer's Almanac. This is the Pumpkin Birdfeeder I made with a Hudson Valley pumpkin and some birdseed grown in the USA. Nature arts and crafts at my house turned out to be really easy and fun to watch once the squirrels and chipmunks found it.

Gallery Credit: Paty Quyn

Wild Animals You Will See in the Hudson Valley

Hudson Valley Wildlife Gallery

The Hudson Valley is full of wildlife. Here are just a few of our furry, slithery, and feather friends that might frequent your backyard. Please reach out and let us know which creature we may have left off the list.

Gallery Credit: Paty Quyn

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