We all enjoy all of the wildlife we see in our own backyards. It’s exciting to be able to look out your window and see a variety of species without even having to leave your home. There are many things that we can do to help ensure that the bird species we see in our own backyards continue to thrive. Here are five things you can do now to help our feathered friends right outside your window:
- Plant Natives – Birds and other wildlife rely on native plants to survive. They use them for food, nesting, and shelter. By making sure what you plant is native, you’ll attract even more wildlife to your backyard. Learn about finding and using native plants from Birds and Bloom’s own Jill Staake in by clicking here.
- Limit Use of Pesticides – Pesticides can be extremely harmful to birds and other wildlife. Ingesting almost any pesticide is likely to kill the birds in your backyard.
- Prevent Window Strikes – It is not fun to find a beautiful bird dead under your window. Birds can’t tell if the reflection of the sky or forest on your windows is a reflection and not something they can fly through. Use items like American Bird Conservancy’s Bird Tape to stop birds from hitting your windows!
- Keep Your Feeders and Birdbaths Clean – Keeping your feeders and birdbaths clean helps to stop the spread of disease among birds.
Drink Shade-grown Coffee – Let’s face it, most of us aren’t going to stop drinking coffee, but coffee grown in full sun is terrible for birds. Companies cut down the entire forest and plant coffee, leaving no place for native and migratory birds. By purchasing shade-grown coffee with the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center’s Bird Friendly certification, this ensures that the coffee you buy is 100% organic and shade-grown! Birds & Beans is my favorite shade-grown coffee that is widely available.