How You Can Help Protect Wild Birds in Your Yard

You may not think about it often, but wild birds use your lawn as a rest stop and place to call home. As you spruce up lawn and garden for the season, these are simple steps you can take to protect them and help them thrive.

   *Plant  native species. Planting native species on your property is one of the most impactful ways you can improve your local environment, as well as you may make your lawn and garden a healthy habitat for wild birds and other fauna. Native plant species provide birds with food and places to rest and nest. Birds in turn spread pollen and seeds while acting as a natural pesticide. 

   *Make windows visible. Up to 1 billion birds die annually from striking windows in the US according to the American Bird Conservancy. The good news is that it is relatively easy and affordable to protect your home from being part of the problem. Special window decals that reflect ultraviolet sunlight, a wavelength of light noticeable to birds have been proven to substantially reduce the likelihood of bird strikes.

   *Monitor cats. Monitor your cats time outdoors to. Make sure they are not terrorizing birds. An enclosed play area for your cat is the most effective way to keep birds in your yard safe from your furry companion’s natural instincts.

   Good deeds start at home. This season, do your part to help migrating bird populations to reach their destination safely.