Please do not chuck your pumpkins away. Nature needs them

Animals love pumpkins and in the winter they are desperate for the food/nutrition that we can provide for them.

Pumpkins are ace.

Make a Snack-o-Lantern

This is one of the most creative ideas I’ve seen to recycle pumpkins. You can turn your jack-o-lantern into a snack-o-lantern for wildlife! It’s fairly easy to make, and the squirrels and birds will love it. Just make sure to only use fresh pumpkins (if they’ve begun to mold, composting them is a better idea) and to only fill them with enough seed for the wildlife to eat within a few days to prevent the seed from becoming mouldy.

Find out how to make a snack-o-lantern!

Leave Seeds for Wildlife

Many birds and small mammals will eat pumpkin seeds if you offer them in your yard. Collect seeds from your pumpkins before composting them, and let the seeds dry. Please don’t add salt or seasoning. Place seeds on a flat surface, tray, shallow bowl, or mix in with existing bird seed in your garden.

Nuthatch eats pumpkin seeds by Kurt Bauschardt.

Nuthatch eats pumpkin seeds by Kurt Bauschardt.

Cut it into Pieces for Animals

Many backyard animals will eat pieces of pumpkin flesh. You can cut it into pieces and leave it out.