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Save the Birds, Save the Planet! Attract Birds to YOUR Yard!

Updated on August 6, 2009
Watching birds is fun and relaxing...a popular hobby!
Watching birds is fun and relaxing...a popular hobby!

Ok, the title of this hub might seem a bit over the top; however, it really isn't that great of an exaggeration! More and more people are "going green" and looking for ways to save Mother Earth. Whether it be recycling, solar energy or growing your own vegetables there are many, many simple ways that you too can make a difference!

Did you know that the population of some of America's most beloved birds has declined immensely! Sad but true. Some of the most common birds are in trouble and YOU can help! The population of several common birds such as Meadowlarks, Thrushes and even Warblers is in decline. Right about now you may be asking yourself…"What can I possibly do to help." Well, let me tell you!

What can YOU do to help?

First of all, if you are interested in getting involved it is important that you become familiar with the types of birds that live in your neck of the woods. You can get the "bird basics" from the National Audubon Society or simply visit your neighborhood bookstore and pick up a book about birds that are common in your area. The National Audubon Society actually has a list of birds (by geographic area) that need the most help.

Once you know the types of birds that are most likely to pay you a visit, find out what they like to eat! Something as simple as hanging a bird or hummingbird feeder in your back yard can help the bird population. Not only will you be helping the birds, they will be helping you as well! Just as gazing at fish in an aquarium is relaxing…so is bird watching! Children also enjoy watching and feeding birds. Make getting a new bird feeder a family affair and take the time to explain why birds are important to the planet. Of course, you should make the conversation age appropriate so that your child can relate and understand the purpose of what you are trying to accomplish.

Create a bird friendly yard!
Create a bird friendly yard!

Create a bird friendly habitat!

Another thing you can do is turn your back yard into a bird friendly habitat! Add a small pond or bird bath so that your little feathered friends have a fresh water source. Make your yard inviting by planting bird friendly foliage and plants. Even if you have a small yard, there are simple things you can do to make it bird friendly!

It is a fact that birds need bugs and bugs need plants! The destruction of bird habitats due to construction is having a devastating effect on many bird populations. When trees and plants are destroyed the bugs disappear. When the bugs go…so do the birds. Imagine how wonderful it would be if the residents of your community all created bird friendly yards or joined together to clean and beautify the neighborhood park making it bird friendly. When people band together for an important cause, wonderful things can happen!

If you don't have a yard or a place to hang a bird feeder, consider making a donation to a charity or group that specializes in saving birds that are near extinction. You can also donate to charities that are working to save the rain forests. Many of the birds that live in North America travel to tropical rainforests during the cold winter months. At the rate the rain forests are disappearing, eventually, there will be nowhere for them to go and that my friend, is just plain sad.

Next time you go outside stop for a few minutes and listen. What do you hear? Do you hear as many songbirds as you once did? If the answer is no, I'm not surprised. Songbird populations in North America have dropped almost 80%! What can you do to help? What is your community willing to do? Next time you see a Warbler outside of your window, consider yourself lucky. One day, he may be gone….FOREVER!

For information about the fabulous hummingbird and what to feed these tiny, beautiful creatures, please visit the Hummingbird Feeding Guide. Enjoy! Tweet!


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