Create a Bird-Friendly Yard
Bird lovers enjoy watching wild birds visit their yards. We can make our yards and homes more bird-friendly by taking some simple steps:
Reduce Window Collision Risks
We love windows that allow beautiful light to enter our homes and workplaces. But, some windows reflect their surroundings, so a bird doesn't see the glass, he sees the reflection of trees or sky. Birds will collide with the glass, leading to traumatic injuries and death.
Visit National Audubon's bird-friendly buildings to learn about making glass safer for birds.
Visit Georgia Audubon's Lights Out Georgia to learn about how light pollution affects migrating birds, and join us in signing their Lights Out Pledge.
Check out Georgia Audubon's flyer on Bird-Safe Homes.
Keep Pet Cats Indoors or Use Catios
Domestic cats are not native to the U.S. and outdoor cats pose major risks for wildlife. Cat attacks are a leading cause of songbird injury and death, and often the cat does not kill it's prey, but leaves it injured and suffering. Cat saliva carries a bacteria that is deadly to birds even from the smallest bite wound.
Cats are safer indoors too. The life expectancy of an outdoor cat averages 2-3 years while a house cat may live 15-20 years.
For cat owners who want their furry feline to enjoy the outdoors, catios are a great option. These kitty condos keep your pet safe and help prevent the devastating effects of cat attacks on our native songbird populations.
Avoid Dangerous Glue Traps
Glue traps pose a risk to many small animals, including birds. These unintended victims suffer a horrible death. Small birds that like to find hiding places for nesting are particularly prone to getting stuck in these death traps. Found early, some can be saved, but often, their attempts to escape lead to physical damage and lethal stress.
Avoid Toxic Pesticides
This Eastern Bluebird, and many other bird species, will eat alot of insects. Even primarily seed-eating adults will feed insects to their hatchlings and nestlings until they are old enough to digest seeds. Insecticide poisoning afflicts birds as it accumulates in their systems. Some bird species only eat insects, and declining native insect populations lead to less food for these insectivores. Birds such as Phoebes, Swallows, Night Hawks, and Chimney Swifts depend on aerial insects for survival. Pollinator populations such as bees also suffer from the use of insecticides.
Landscape Using Native Plants
Native plants are those that would normally grow in our area. These plants provide food for native insects and other native animals in the form of foliage, pollen, nectar, and fruit/berries. Birds depend on all of these resources for food.
Routinely Clean Backyard Bird Feeders
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