Help Your Birds Spring into Action
It's a busy time of year for your backyard birds. They're expending a lot of energy as they establish territories and nesting sites, attract mates, forage for food and avoid predators. During nesting season, birds are looking for foods that are high in protein, fat and calcium. We offer a variety of foods with high protein and fat, and some blends with calcium, to give birds a boost this time of year. We also offer a variety of nest boxes.
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(Now thru April 10th)
Help Resident and Migrating Birds
The spring migration is well under way in many parts of North America! Late March through May sees the return of many of our most loved birds! Migration is also a dangerous time for them as they face many potential hazards along the way.
There are lots of ways you can help though!
1. Please keep your cat(s) indoors. Domestic housecats are the number one of cause of death for birds on our continent. Many birds pass through our towns and cities on their way to the boreal forest, the mountains, and the Arctic. It is up to us to keep both our songbirds and our pets safe and we can do that by keeping our kitties inside with us! We call them "house" cats for a reason!
2. Make your windows safe for birds:
If you haven't already done so, now is the time to make your windows bird-safe! Learn how at birdsafe.ca, or visit the FLAP blog to learn how to make your own bird-safe window treatment or install Feather Friendly DIY tape sold in our store.
3. As birds are "traveling through", they are hungry! Many will really appreciate rest and a chance to "fuel up" before continuing on their way! Please keep your feeders very clean (to help prevent disease), and filled with high quality, delicious seed or suet! We'd be happy to recommend the right food for all of your backyard friends! We also have foods with calcium which is critical for nesting birds.
Nesting time is here! Depending on the species, nesting can begin anywhere from early April through late June or even later. Downy woodpeckers are among the first of our birds to begin nest-building while goldfinches are usually the very last! Different birds have different nesting requirements!
How can you help?
Offer birds "nesting materials." Hanging up bits of wool, cotton, or other natural fibers will be appreciated by birds. (We sell "nesting balls" that you can hang up for birds to find!) Putting up a nest box is also very helpful. Chickadees, nuthatches, wrens, bluebirds, swallows, are happy to use man-made nesting boxes! We would be happy to help you choose the right nest box for your home and garden from our large collection! We even sell "nesting shelves" that can be mounted on a building for platform nesting birds like robins or barn swallows to use! Also remember not to be too quick to "clean up" in your gardens and borders. Important little helpers such as ladybugs, spiders, and pollinators often overwinter in leaf debris. Birds like thrushes and towhees like to forage here looking for things to eat and many birds also find nesting material by patrolling through last year's fallen leaves and stems.
We’ve Lost One in Four Birds
ACROSS THE CONTINENT, NUMBERS HAVE PLUMMETED, EVEN AMONG COMMON SPECIES
In less than a single lifetime, North America has lost more than one in four of its birds, according to a report in the world’s leading scientific journal.
Published in Science by researchers at seven institutions, the findings show that 2.9 billion breeding adult birds have been lost since 1970, including birds in every ecosystem.
The losses include iconic songsters such as Eastern and Western Meadowlarks (down by 139 million) and favorite birds at feeders, such as Dark-eyed Juncos (down by 168 million) and sweet-singing White-throated Sparrows (down by 93 million).
The disappearance of even common species indicates a general shift in our ecosystems’ ability to support basic birdlife, the scientists conclude.
What’s Behind The Declines?
Watch the video: The decline of birds signals a broader crisis in the natural world already echoed by global losses in insects, amphibians, and other wildlife. Our quality of life—the water we drink, the food we eat, and the beauty of natural landscapes that we enjoy—all depend on keeping our planet healthy. Conservation actions work, and there is no time to lose.
How Can You Help Make a Bird-Friendly Planet?
7 Simple Actions to Help Birds
1. Make Windows Safer, Day and Night
Discover quick, affordable ways to keep birds from hitting your windows. Photo by Damien Pollet via Creative Commons.
2. Keep Cats Indoors
Indoor cats live longer, healthier lives. Outdoor cats kill more birds than any other non-native threat. Here are 6 ways to keep cats happy and safe. Photo by Gadio Sevilla via Creative Commons.
3. Reduce Lawn, Plant Natives
The U.S. has 40 million acres of lawn. That’s a huge potential for supporting wildlife. Find the best native plants for your area. Ruby-throated Hummingbird with native honeysuckle by David M. Shipper/Audubon Photography Awards.
4. Avoid Pesticides
The United States uses 1 billion pounds of pesticides each year. Here’s how to reduce your pesticide use at home. Photo by Irene Mei via Creative Commons.
5. Drink Coffee That's Good for Birds
Shade-grown coffees are delicious and help more than 42 species of North American songbirds. Here’s where to buy it. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian.
6. Protect Our Planet
91% of plastics are not recycled, and they take 400 years to degrade. Here are 8 ways to use less plastic. Photo of a Laysan Albatross by Chris Jordan via U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters.
7. Watch Birds, Share What You See
Find a project that’s right for you. Photo by Anurag Vishwakarma via the Cornell Lab of Ornithology/GBBC.
Help Spread the Word Now
You can make a difference. Polls show the majority of Americans care about the environment. But many people simply aren’t aware that these declines are happening.
You can help. Share the infographics, links, and videos to inform and inspire your family and friends. Use the hashtag #BringBirdsBack to let people know you’re part of this groundswell of support for birds.
Everyday actions can save millions of birds. Share this infographic of the 7 Simple Actions to Help Birds—or share the full 7 Simple Actions webpage that summarizes each problem, its solution, plus ideas for taking it farther.
Or visit our Social Media Shares page to share these good-news statistics: Raptors are up by 15 million because we curbed pesticides; waterfowl by 35 million because we invested in wetland regeneration; woodpeckers by 14 million because of habitat management. The pattern is clear: when we take action, birds recover.
An automated tool for tracking and rescuing birds through social media, one tweet at a time
A new outreach tool is shedding light on bird/window collisions and assisting with bird rescue on an unprecedented global scale. Working with Brendon Samuels, a PhD student at Western University, FLAP Canada is using social media automation on twitter to connect with people in real time who report (via tweets) a bird that has hit a window. The @birdcrash_bot account automatically picks up, shares and responds to tweets about bird/window collisions happening around the world. Since launching in April 2020, @birdcrash_bot has gathered more than five thousand reports spanning multiple continents and languages.
“The @birdcrash_bot reveals why bird collisions with buildings are a leading cause of death to birds across the globe and why education is crucial to help prevent this issue from continuing.” says Michael Mesure, Executive Director of FLAP Canada.
“Social media data is an untapped resource for bird conservation and understanding complex global issues like collisions with buildings,” says Brendon Samuels, the PhD student who developed the @birdcrash_bot account in partnership with FLAP. “This tool is exposing misconceptions around the world about why birds fly into windows and can help us to better understand the human side of the problem. We designed the bot to reach people in those critical moments after experiencing a collision when they are most likely to be receptive to new information. The instructions shared by the bot include text and hyperlinks with universally-recognizable graphical explanations of why a bird has hit the window and what should be done about it.”
There has been a dramatic rise in people worldwide becoming aware of bird/window collisions at their homes during COVID-19. Adults and children alike are disturbed by these encounters and are looking to learn how to keep birds safe around their home. Just yesterday, a Prothonotary Warbler, was rescued by a family asking what kind of bird it was. Unbeknownst to this family, the Prothonotary Warbler is an endangered species in Canada -- all the more reason for us to take this bird conservation issue seriously.
Prepare your house with window decals.
Please keep cats indoors.
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