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Join the Flock! WBFI is the only trade association that represents businesses that are in the wild bird feeding industry. Learn the ways membership can benefit you.


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Allow us to reintroduce... PROJECT WILDBIRD®!

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We are thrilled to unveil our latest endeavor: PROJECT WILDBIRD®! This new website is a resurgence of WBFI's long-held initiative to educate consumers on the benefits and best practices for bird feeding.

The WBFI is committed to elevating bird feeding journeys to new heights. PROJECT WILDBIRD is the culmination of years of dedicated research by the WBFI Research Foundation, aimed at equipping bird enthusiasts with robust scientific data and insights. By bridging the gap between research findings and consumer needs, we are committed to fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of the fascinating world of bird feeding.

2024 Feeder Bird of the Year – Northern Cardinal

By | April 17, 2024

2024 Feeder Bird of the Year – Northern Cardinal After an exhilarating season of fierce competition, the Northern Cardinal has emerged as our 2024 WBFI Feeder Bird of the Year!  Known for its brilliant red plumage and captivating melodies, the Northern Cardinal holds a special place in the hearts of bird enthusiasts across the eastern…

Why Retailers Should Flock to Bird Feeding – Insights from NHS 2024 

By | April 9, 2024

Why Retailers Should Flock to Bird Feeding – Insights from NHS 2024 The WBFI journeyed to Las Vegas for the National Hardware Show 2024, eager to connect with professionals in the outdoor hobby industry and unveil the latest innovations in bird feeding. Teaming up with Cascade Wild Bird Feeders, we collaborated to raise awareness of…

Join the Movement: Project FeederWatch and Inclusive Birding

By | March 6, 2024

Join the Movement: Project FeederWatch and Inclusive Birding At the Wild Bird Feeding Institute, we’re passionate about birding and fostering an inclusive environment for all bird enthusiasts. That’s why we’re thrilled to share information about Project FeederWatch, an initiative by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Birds Canada, sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited, aimed at…


Wild Bird Feeding Institute has created resources to promote proper feeding practices for bird-feeding hobbyists and members. Learn about how you can promote smart practices such as properly cleaning your feeders to help prevent the spread of disease:

Members of WBFI have access to an exclusive info hub of resources including the latest research on best feeding practices and additional assets that can be customized for your business.



The Wild Bird Feeding Institute’s (WBFI) marketing campaign, #FeedTheBirds is an ongoing marketing initiative to highlight the benefits of the birds feeding hobby.

This campaign focuses on the mental health benefits of bird feeding. Several studies prove birds help lower stress, anxiety, and depression. With technology becoming more pervasive, and society’s concern with mental wellness, we think interacting with birds is a natural remedy.



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Mission: Growing the wild bird feeding hobby.

WBFI advances this mission and seeks to connect people with nature by serving members and birders internationally through education, awareness, and conservation partnerships. Our network of committed members, the quality standards we uphold, our expertise, and positive relationships with key organizations drive our success. We are sustainable through membership dues, charitable donations, and programming revenue. 

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