Simple Ways to Save the Birds

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Several weeks ago a report was released giving the status of bird populations. It took into account census and citizen science work done over the last 40 years. Since 1970 we have lost 29% of our breeding birds in North America. That's 2.9 BILLION BIRDS!! This dramatic decline is mostly due man made factors. In the past 50 years we've paved over more land for houses and buildings then ever before. We've remove habitat for mowable lawns. We spray pesticides and herbicides at such an alarming rate it turns up in water sources. In comparison to the steep decline in birds there's been a soaring rise in plastics in our lives. Plastic that gets in the ocean and kills the birds. Many people still believe it's okay for fluffy the cat to take a few birds a year. It is not necessary for a well fed cat to be let outside to play sport with the birds. Every window surface be it on you home, office or store has reflective abilities that will cause bird strikes. Plainly stated our generation has let the birds down. We all need to take a second look at our lifestyles and determine is it killing the birds. There are few simple steps you can take around the home to alleviate harm to the birds. There are other greater measures where you will be needed to raise your voice and seek change. For more information got to Cornell Lab of Ornithology 

1. Make Windows Safer, Day and Night
Simple adjustments to your windows can save birds’ lives.

2. Keep Cats Indoors
Indoor cats live longer, healthier lives. Outdoor cats kill more birds than any other non-native threat.

3. Reduce Lawn by Planting Native Species
The U.S. has 63 million acres of lawn. That’s a huge potential for supporting wildlife.

4. Avoid Pesticides
Look for organic food choices and cut out some of the 1 billion pounds of pesticides used in the U.S. each year.

5. Drink Coffee That’s Good for Birds
Shade-grown coffees are delicious, economically beneficial to farmers, and help more than 42 species of North American songbirds.

6. Protect Our Planet From Plastics
91% of plastics are not recycled, and they take 400 years to degrade.

7. Watch Birds, Share What You See
Bird watchers are one of science’s most vital sources of data on how the ecological world is faring. 

8. Join, volunteer or donate to any of our local nature or garden organizations. They are on the forefront of maintaining and preserving land now and for the future. Mt. Cuba, The Delaware Ornithological Society, The Delaware Nature Society, The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County, The Brandywine Red Clay Alliance, Tri-State Bird Rescue and many more are worthy of your support.

9. The habitat you create in your backyard is vital. It can provide food, water, shelter and places for birds to raise their young.