Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve- Create Birdseed Ornaments

The mission of Hoffler Creek Wildlife Foundation is to conserve the last parcel of wilderness in the Hoffler Creek watershed for conservation, education, research, and recreation consistent with good stewardship.

Hoffler Creek Wildlife Foundation maintains 142 acres on the border of Portsmouth and Suffolk. We work with local schools to provide hands-on learning opportunities with projects like oyster farming. We also offer research opportunities to University students such as ODU’s tick study and CNU’s marsh habitat research. Our trails are open to the public 6 days a week for hiking, and kayak rentals are available in the spring and summer. Throughout the year, we host various programs for students and the public centered around wildlife, the environment, and conservation. Learn more at hofflercreek.org.

How will this project make an impact?

The ornaments will be hung in trees throughout the Preserve to provide an extra source of food for the birds that pass through in the winter. They will also allow visitors to see the birds more easily by bringing them closer to the trails.


  • 1 cup of coconut oil
  • 3 cups of birdseed
  • muffin liners
  • 1 foot of twine per ornament
  • bowl and spatula for mixing
  • plastic needle
  • microwave-safe bowl or small pot


  1. In a microwave-safe bowl or small pot on the stove, melt the coconut oil.
  2. Combine the birdseed with the coconut oil and mix until thoroughly coated.
  3. Once the seeds are coated in oil, spoon the mixture evenly into the muffin liners. This amount should yield about 12 ornaments.
  4. After the ornaments begin to harden, but before they are solid, use a straw or pencil to create a hole in the center of the ornament that will be used to attach the twine.
  5. Let the ornaments harden completely and then remove them from the muffin liners. To speed up the hardening process, you can put them in the fridge or freezer.
  6. Use about 1 foot of twine per ornament to tie a loop through the center hole for hanging.
  7. Store in a cool place until they can be delivered to the Preserve.

Drop-Off Details

When: Tuesday-Sunday (except for Thanksgiving)

Where: 4510 Twin Pines Rd., Portsmouth, VA

Contact: Heather Key 757-724-4923