Backyard Conservation

There are small changes you can make in your own lives to help the environment and wildlife. Thanks to Environment for the Americas and International Migratory Bird Day for coming up with this list of 20 things you can do to help our avian friends:

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1. Prevent Bird Collisions with Your Windows

Collisions are one of the most frequent causes of bird deaths. Birds see nature reflected in the window or mistake houseplants inside the building for outdoor plants and fly into the glass. Putting up curtains or window decals helps make the window visible to birds, but are not perfect solutions. Making the window more visible by placing items outside the window will help birds avoid strikes. Any decals placed on the inside of the window may cause a mirror effect and make the problem worse. Here are some more resources with ways to make your windows more bird friendly.

Audubon at Home: Minimizing window strikes

Partners in Flight: Avian Mortality at windows: the second largest human source of bird mortality on earth

City of Toronto Green Development Standard Bird-friendly Development Guidelines

This video shows a male robin repeatedly fighting with his own reflection:

2. Protect Birds From Pets

Unleashed dogs and outdoor cats can harm birds by disturbing, chasing, and even killing them. Keeping your cat indoors and your dog from straying saves millions of birds each year.

3. Clean Your Bird Feeders

Dirty feeders can spread disease. Disinfect and clean out old seed from feeders frequently and put fresh water in your bird bath every day.

4. Don’t Buy Illegally-Caged Birds

Selling wild-caught birds as pets is illegal. Buy only captive-bred birds. Make certain that the breeder or pet store is reputable.

5. Use Cloth Grocery Bags and Reusable Bottles

Birds that mistakenly eat plastic trash can become ill or even die. Avoiding plastic bags and bottles reduces plastic pollution and conserves resources.

6. Recycle

Anything you recycle reduces litter and saves resources. Get creative! You can make a bag from used juice containers and bird feeders from old dishes and plastic bottles.

7. Restore Natural Habitat in Your Community

Birds need a place to live and many bird habitats are disappearing. City parks and open spaces are natural places for birds. Work with your community to recreate the habitat that once existed in your area.

8. Keep Your Distance

Birds need space for feeding, nesting, and other daily activities. Approaching too closely may cause them to become nervous and deplete much-needed energy reserves.

9. Leave Fledglings Where You Find Them

Fledglings may spend several days on the ground after they leave the nest before they are able to fly. You can help by keeping people and pets away. If you think a bird is truly an orphan, call a rehabilitator for instructions.

10. Slow Down When Driving

Cars kill millions of birds each year. Driving slowly gives you more time to respond if there is an animal in the road and gives the animal plenty of time to get out of the way.

11. Buy Bird Friendly Products

You can help preserve bird habitat in Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean by buying shadegrown coffee and chocolate. Shade coffee farms, which imitate native forests, have many more bird species than sun coffee farms.

12. Plant Native

Native plants provide food, nest sites, and cover for birds.

13. Teach Others About Birds

Talk to your friends about birds and start a club in your community to teach people about the challenges birds face. The more people know, the more they can do to help. Check out our Learn Pages.

14. Get Outdoors and Enjoy Nature

You can appreciate the bird habitat near your home. Find a local park and go for a walk or just stroll around your neighborhood.

15. Take a Friend Bird Watching

Invite a buddy and see if you can spot more birds together.

16. Support Conservation

Join a bird club or other conservation organization to learn more and contribute to protecting birds.Volunteer with organizations that preserve habitat and help birds.

17. Be a Citizen Scientist

Many projects need helpers to gather data on birds and their habitat. Contact Nature Mapping Jackson Hole to volunteer.

18. Reduce Energy Use

Riding your bike or walking reduces your carbon footprint and prevents pollution of bird habitats. Switching off the lights in your house not only shrinks your energy bill, but can also help prevent birds from colliding with your windows.

19. Avoid Chemicals

Birds may accidentally eat pesticide and herbicide pellets or prey that have been poisoned. This can kill a bird or have toxic effects on their own health. Visit Raptors Are The Solution (RATS) for mo

20. Learn the Hunting Laws

Federal and local laws protect sensitive areas and manage the harvest of birds to ensure healthy populations. Purchase a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp. It contributes to habitat which benefits all birds.

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