Did you know that by 2050, roughly ⅓ of all bird species might be extinct? Protecting these animals is important if we want to not only keep these wonderful birds around for future generations to enjoy, but also to keep healthy ecosystems!
Fortunately, 100 years ago, one of the most important pieces of legislation for birds was brought into existence – The Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This act makes it illegal to take, possess, import, export, transport, sell, or purchase any migratory bird parts, nests, or eggs (unless you have a permit from the government for environmental and educational purposes).
This year is the “Year of the Bird” to many organizations and groups that want to celebrate this and raise awareness for the current state of bird populations.
There are many ways to learn more about the wonderful birds that live around you and to help all birds survive and thrive! Here is a list of my top favorite ways to help our feathered friends and “Bird Your World”:
- Go on a birding walk! – Not only will this get you just enjoying and observing the outdoors, but it also will get you familiar with what birds you have in your area. I have learned so much about how bird populations change with the season simply by watching them! If you don’t want to go out alone, join up with a local nature group!
- Participate in Citizen Science Projects – Too few scientists, too little time, and too many birds to monitor across the world! Fortunately, you can help scientists by sharing what birds you saw and where! Ebird is a great website (and it has an app!) for uploading your data to share with others and scientists.
- Drink “Bird-Friendly Certified” Coffee – I love coffee! Did you know that coffee trees are vital to migratory songbirds? Look on the label of your favorite coffee to see if they are shade-grown or certified bird-friendly!
- Garden for Birds – What you plant in your garden can impact the birds that you’ll see. Planting native flowers, trees, and shrubs can help maintain populations. Picking plants that will continue to provide winter habitat or food will help them to survive year-round!
- Go Forth and Lead! – Once you’re comfortable with your knowledge and passion for birds, spread that love with others! Can you lead a walk, buy shade-grown coffee for friends as presents, or organize volunteer days to set up feeders/nest boxes in local parks? Encourage those around you to care for these wonderful species by leading by example! Share your adventures on social media by using the #YearOfTheBird or #BirdYourWorld !
- Purchase art/gifts that positively impacts wildlife – Did you know that by purchasing any one of my pieces in print or gift form (jewelry/magnets/mugs/pillows/anything you can imagine!), you helping to support organizations that educate and conserve/protect bird species? A portion of all of the proceeds goes to wildlife conservation, habitat preservation and environmental education! Go to my products page to place an order.