If you watch those nature shows on direct TV, you probably know that there are an alarming number of endangered birds. In fact, the 2012 IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List – the world’s most extensive inventory of the global conservation status of biological animals – shows that 1,313 bird species are considered threatened with extinction. With another 880 considered to be near threatened, there’s a total of 2,193 bird species that require urgent efforts for conservation. This number represents nearly a quarter (22) of all living bird species.
So, the real question is, what can we do to help protect these birds? Believe it or not, there are small things you can do around your house that can make a big difference for birds in your area.
First of all, putting a bird house, bird bath and/or bird feeder in your yard can be beneficial. According to www.nature.org, more than 24 different bird species will nest in bird houses. With more and more habitats disappearing every year, birds are left with fewer places to nest each spring. Furthermore, a birdbath can supply birds with a year-round water source to drink and bathe, and a bird feeder can provide a source of food.
You’d also be surprised at the amount of birds that run into clear glass. By hanging up cutout silhouettes of birds, you can help prevent them from colliding with your home’s windows.
If you’d like to further your efforts to help birds in your community, contact your local nature preserve to find out how you can make a difference.