About Bird Man Mel

Mel Toellner known affectionately as "Bird Man Mel" is a birding enthusiast and entrepreneur. He and his family founded their Columbia, MO birding retail store Songbird Station along with their Mexico, MO birding focused distribution and manufacturing company Gold Crest Distributing in 1995.

Mel’s passion for birding is apparent and he delights in sharing his extensive knowledge with all who are interested in learning about backyard birds. Mel hosts seminars at Songbird Station periodically and has an array of educational videos on the Bird Man Mel YouTube Channel.

We thank you for taking the time to check out Bird Man Mel and hope you will enjoy all the birding resources and information we have compiled here. We invite you to stop into Songbird Station or stop by the public warehouse sale happening October 29th, find details here. If you are not local to the central MO area, we can help you find a local retailer who carries our products! Just send us an email with your zip code and we will locate a store for you. You can also find our products on our website SongbirdEssentials.com. We ship throughout the continental US and have feeders and giftable items that are sure to please.


Follow Mel on Facebook!  and check oout the Bird Man Mel Live Videos on Mel’s YouTube Channel!


Bird Man Mel’s tips for bringing more birds to your backyard

  1. Attract hummingbirds to your feeders or flowers by hanging out a big red Christmas bow.
  2. Attract Baltimore orioles with half of an orange, fleshy side out, and grape or blackberry jelly.
  3. In the fall don’t deadhead zinnias or marigolds. Goldfinches love their seed heads.
  4. Put out a birdbath. Water attracts 10 times more birds than seed.
  5. Mosquito problems? Put up a bat house as they eat lots of mosquitoes. 
  6. Best feeders to attract birds? Hanging trays and open, fly-through feeders.
  7. To get more bluebirds, place your houses at least 100 yards apart
It is so important to us to encourage everyone to see the beauty and wonder of God’s world.

"Remember Nature is a Stress Reliever from God. Take time today to listen to the Birds Sing."
Bird Man Mel
Bird Man Mel

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  • PMCA
  • National Audubon Society
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