Most of you will be aware of much of the following from Cornell Lab of Ornithology: seven simple actions to help birds. But if you’re like me, you’ll realise that, although you are aware of them, you may not be doing enough. In the modern world, birds are absolutely dependent on the sum of the actions of all of us. With bird populations in decline, it’s vital that we each do all we can.
Here is a quick summary of the seven things – but do go read at the link above. Sorry it’s US-centric, but the principles apply everywhere.
1. Make windows safer – so many birds fly into them.
2. Keep cats indoors. They are frighteningly effective predators of small birds.
3. Reduce lawn, plant native species to provide food and habitat.
4. Avoid pesticides entirely. They kill natural things, all the way up the food chain.
5. Drink coffee that’s good for birds (shade grown).
6. Stop using throw-away plastics.
7. Watch birds and share what you see.
8. feed local birds, and
9. provide nesting places and materials.
No doubt you can think of more… Go to it.
Featured image is from the Cornell article.
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All I can of right now is the book, “Silent Spring”. I fear we may be at that juncture. I shudder to think of a world without our feathered friends. A friend pointed out that in our wish to save the trees we turned to plastics and created an even bigger problem. I already do most of what’s written here, but can do more, I’m sure. Thanks for this timely and much-needed advice.
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