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Current Issues for Birding Enthusiasts

With the latest report on The State of North America’s Birds 2016 being recently released, birding enthusiasts are once again reminded that not enough is being done to protect birds and the environment they thrive in. If humans continue to operate at the current rate regarding the damage that is being done to bird habitat, possibly in our lifetime we can be looking at more species becoming extinct. While we have to lobby our governments to set up and implement tighter laws regarding waste being emitted by factories etc, we also need to take an active role in helping out the birds and animals that we share this world with.
On a recent trip to India I was amazed by the relationship that the locals have with all living creatures. With a population of over 1 billion people amazingly animals thrive, when asked why they perform certain deeds e.g. feed stray dogs or feed animals on the side of the road every morning, their response is usually, “it helps with your good karma”. Something all of us can learn from and not just those of us with an interest in birding


Maybe if we adopt that way of thinking we can, if possible, significantly reduce or reverse the damage that we may all sometimes be a bit guilty of. Below I have listed a few ways we can all help our birding population;
• Set up bird feeders and nectar feeders, making sure predators cannot ambush the birds once they land.
• Reduce and if possible stop the use of lawn chemicals and pesticides in your garden, always seek out natural alternatives.
• Install window decals to prevent birds from striking your windows
• Turn off your lights at night or close your blinds if you live in a high-rise.
• Please stay on trails when you are outside, respect birds that build homes in the bushes.
• Keep your dog on a leash, dogs are by nature inquisitive and pose a threat to birds
• Do not let cats outside unattended
• Purchase coffee that is shade-grown. Birds and wildlife are encouraged in these areas.
• Purchase organic cotton, conventional cotton uses a lot of pesticide.
• Do not buy caged birds, there is no way you can know if the bird was taken from the wild.
• Buy products with as much sustainable natural ingredients as possible.
• Do not forget your cloth grocery bags. We all see the impact plastic bags are having on birds
• Plant native fruit trees and berry bushes on your property
• And finally my personal favourite REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE as much as possible! Do not be tempted by impulse buying, give each purchase a careful thought. It not only applies to us birding enthusiasts, but everyone.