Squirrel Defense Initiative Designs, Inc., a company started by Richard and Edward Welsh of Greensboro, has a unique creation. It gives the squirrel a tiny electric shock when it tries to get at the bird seed. In January, 1998, Birdwatch Americas national trade show in Atlanta named it the year's best product.
Birdhouses and feeders can attract birds to the backyard during the North Carolina winter. Important guidelines to remember when feeding birds is to maintain a constant food supply, keep feeders clean and separate from water sources.