An environmental education center is giving some tips on how to use your bird feeder in the winter.

You might not think about getting a feeder this time of year, but the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center in Bartonsville says it's actually the perfect time to have one. If you want to see more birds in your yard, having a feeder could help, and they are more visible now while the trees are without leaves.

"It's also a great time to help the birds. They definitely could get food on their own if they absolutely needed to, but this certainly helps them out. And it gives them some high energy foods, like fats or peanuts, it certainly helps," Matt Giambra, Kettle Creek Environmental Educator, said.

If you are hoping to see a variety of birds stop by your yard, staff suggest putting out a mix of sunflower seeds, millet and peanuts.