Darryl Jones is an urban ecology expert and a bird feeder, an unusual combination. He has become an activist for bird feeding and in his book, The Birds at My Table, he delves deeply into a topic which is worth something like $4 billion dollars annually for feeders and seed.
Almost all feeders say they are motivated by their love of birds and that they get enjoyment from the practice.
“Some people,” says Jones, “are even drawn to the practice of bird feeding to atone for the perceived sins of humanity.
“That is, to make one small gesture of love to their environment in contrast to the broad-scale destruction of habitat in the world.
“This is a seriously profound experience. This is the best way for them to interact with nature We think our feeders are for the birds. Our feeders are actually for us, but the birds don’t seem to mind.”