- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

MOUNT GILEAD, N.C. (AP) - Visitors to the Town Creek Indian Mound can help the birds by creating pine cone feeders using suet and bird seed.

The “Christmas for the Birds” program will be held Saturday at the state historic site in Mount Gilead. The feeders will be hung from trees at the site or taken home. Participants also can create clay ornaments.

Site Manager Rich Thompson says suet - or raw beef fat - will attract woodpeckers, wrens, cardinals and other types of birds. It provides heat and energy for birds, who need to replace the berries and insects they consume during the summer and fall.

The event is free and open to the public.

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