In honor of International Migratory Bird Day on May 16, here are eleven ways to conserve birds.
- Window collisions are a frequent cause of bird deaths. They don’t see glass, so make them more visible with stickers.
- Keep your cat indoors.
- Leave fledglings where you find them. Young chicks that leave a nest may spend several days on the ground before they are able to fly. If you think a bird is truly an orphan, call a wildlife rehabilitator for instructions.
- Clean your bird feeders. Dirty feeders can spread disease.
- Don’t buy illegally caged birds. Buy only captive-bred birds from a reputable breeder or pet store.
- Help reduce plastic pollution by using cloth grocery bags and reusable bottles. Birds can die from eating plastic trash.
- Restore natural habitat. Birds use native plants as a food source and as a place to escape predators.
- Keep your distance. Birds need their space. Being too close may cause them to be nervous or deplete much-needed energy reserves.
- Slow down when driving. Cars kill millions of birds each year.
- Support conservation efforts. Volunteer with organizations that preserve habitat and help birds.
- Avoid chemicals. Birds may accidentally ingest pesticides and herbicides.
Source: Environment for the Americas