how to protect endangered birds

In 2019, scientists documented North America’s staggering loss of nearly 3 billion breeding birds since 1970. Helping birds can be as simple as making changes to everyday habits. Here’s our quick list of 7 Simple Actions you can take to help birds.

And in case anyone asks you why bird conservation is so important, here are five specific, bedrock reasons why birds matter and an in-depth article on the economic value of birds.

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When people take small but meaningful steps to live up to their values for bird conservation, we can make great strides toward strengthening bird conservation. Here are ten ways you can support birds and contribute to ensuring their continued survival. Try something new, share your experience with a friend, and tag us on social media to let us know how it went!

Rose-breasted Grosbeak at window, valleyboi63, ShutterstockCollisions with glass is a major human threat to birds, killing up to 1 billion birds annually in the U.S. alone. Because birds see differently than we do, glass poses a serious risk, especially when vegetation or other habitat is reflected in windows.

There are numerous affordable, simple-to-install, and efficient home remedies available to assist birds by shielding them from window collisions, ranging from tape to screens and films. Please visit and share: www. birdsmartglass. org.

HelpYou can live a bird-friendly life by avoiding use of toxic pesticides. Neonicotinoids are currently the most widely used type of insecticide, and can be found in common products like insect sprays and seed treatments. One seed coated with this pesticide is enough to kill a songbird, and even less can harm a birds reproduction. ABC has fought to block or restrict these dangerous chemicals in homes and gardens, and in agricultural settings by insisting that regulatory decisions be grounded in science.

Find out more about how avoiding these products in your house and garden can benefit birds like the Bobolink (pictured here).

Least Terns, Ray Hennessy, ShuttersotckFor nearly 25 years, ABC has been dedicated to conserving birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. We do this by safeguarding the rarest species, protecting habitats, eliminating threats, and building capacity for bird conservation. With your help, we can continue to achieve conservation results for native birds across the Western Hemisphere.

Donate tax-deductible to help birds and go above and beyond for them today.

Help birds by keeping cats safely contained. Photo: Cat on leash, Sari ONeal, ShutterstockKeeping cats indoors, or safely contained outdoors, results in a safer and healthier environment for cats, birds, and people. If you are a cat owner, pledge to keep your pet responsibly contained.

While lowering bird mortality, easy fixes like strollers, backpacks, harnesses, and outdoor enclosures will keep your cat content and happy.

Osprey, Wang LiQiang, ShutterstockABCs Conservation Advocacy program tackles the toughest threats facing birds and defends critical laws and programs, including the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Endangered Species Act. We cant do this without a strong grassroots voice from the bird conservation community.

Ask your elected officials to support bird conservation efforts as a way to take action. Every voice counts!.

Help birds by creating native bird habitat. Photo: American Robin, Kenneth Keifer, ShutterstockHabitat loss is one of the most widespread threats to birds, affecting both rare and common species. ABC helps restore habitat by working with landowners to institute best management practices, emphasizing full life-cycle conservation efforts for migratory birds.

By using native plants to create a valuable habitat for birds and pollinators in your yard, you can help birds.

Waved Albatross, farbled, ShutterstockIntegrating these simple tenants of sustainability into your daily life is critical to protect seabirds and other marine life from marine trash. ‪‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬Of course, it benefits people as well!

Many times with tragic consequences, waved albatrosses and other seabirds mistake plastics and other trash for food, which they then feed to their young. Help seabirds by reducing waste and recycling.

Cerulean Warbler, Bruce BeehlerSupporting sustainable agriculture like shade-grown coffee helps preserve critical wintering ground habitat for migratory birds, including Wood Thrush and Golden-winged Warbler. ABCs Migratory Birds program works in partnership to encourage sustainable practices among coffee producers, promoting healthy bird habitat. Do your part today by purchasing bird-friendly coffee.

Look for the Bird-Friendly Coffee logo from the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and explore options here.

Help birds by supporting eco-tourism. Photo: Araripe Manakin, Ciro AlbanoABCs International program works in partnership to conserve habitat for some of the Western Hemispheres most endangered bird species. Plan your trip today to one of ABCs partner reserves in Latin America and the Caribbean to see both wintering migrants and endemic species, while supporting bird conservation in the process. Many of these reserves are critical to avoiding extinction of rare species, like the Araripe Manakin (shown).

Make sure to tag us in your pictures on social media to share them with us. (Were @abcbirds on Twitter!).

Red-necked Grebes, Dan BehmJoin ABCs online community to keep up-to-date on bird conservation issues. Sign up for ABCs eNewsletter list to receive our monthly eNews, Bird of the Week, and other updates.

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1. Make Windows Safer, Day and Night

The problem: It is estimated that up to 1 billion birds in the US and Canada perish annually as a result of striking windows (1) The reason: During the day, birds view glass reflections as potential flying habitat. Migratory birds are more likely to crash into buildings at night when they are drawn in by city lights. The following easy actions help save birds: place screens outside the window or break up reflections with paint, film, Acopian BirdSavers, or other string spaced no more than four inches wide by two inches high. (2).

Expand on it: Assist companies or public structures in holding a competition for imaginative “window mural” designs that increase the safety of windows for birds. Support legislation for bird-friendly building designs. Start a lights-out campaign in your city. Get started today:

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