Birds need your help. Here is what you can do.
- The average adult needs 15 coffee trees per year. By choosing where your coffee comes from and how it is grown, you can help protect our birds that overwinter in the tropics. Buy shade grown coffee, which supports a diversity of habitat needed by songbirds that overwinter in the tropics like our beloved Baltimore Oriole.
- Cats have been determined to be the number one cause of bird population decline. They kill 2.6 billion birds each year in the U.S.! We could save billions of birds by keeping cats inside. Keep cats indoors!
- Industrial-scale conventional agriculture is toxic to birds. Many chemicals that are used to coat seeds remain with the plant for its entire life and persist in the environment, despite what the chemical companies say. Eat a plant-rich diet and support healthy food systems, including farms that employ regenerative agriculture that support habitat and build biodiversity.
- 9 in 10 seabirds have been found with plastic in their stomachs because they mistake it for food. By reducing plastic use, we can help our oceans and the creatures that inhabit them.
- There are over 48 million acres of lawn in the U.S? By changing how we view these spaces our lawns can actually contribute to bird conservation in a big way. Convert some of your lawn to habitat. Native plants are a beautiful alternative.
- Avoid pesticides—insects are an essential part of the food web, and birds depend upon them for food.