National Bird Day
Tuesday, January 5th
The Environmental Forum is highlighting one or more conservation holidays each month in 2021. January 5th is National Bird Day, so we will focus on our aviary friends this month. Nearly 3 billion adult breeding birds have been lost since 1970 due to habitat loss and degradation, pesticides, pollution, and climate change. We also lose birds to neighborhood and feral cats, power lines and windows. To date we have lost about one third of forest birds and on half of grassland birds. Thirteen percent of bird species are threatened with extinction.
How can you help protect birds?
- Make your windows safer by installing screens and reducing reflections.
- Keep your cats indoors.
- Reduce turf grasses and plant native plants to increase food sources and shelter.
- Avoid pesticides.
- Encourage your cities to plant more trees, especially in lower income areas that may have less green space.
- Join organizations such as the National Audubon Society, the Nature Conservancy and the American Birding Association (ABA), Nahant Marsh, offers in-person and virtual programs on birds.
- Visit bird sanctuaries and wildlife refuges and learn more at 3billionbirds.org, #BringBirdsBack, audubon.org, natureconservancy.org, aba.org.
- Did you know that birds eat 4/5 of their weight each day? Feed the birds! The flyer below shows a simple recipe that you can use to make a bird feeder at home!