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9 Human Activities That Threaten Birds

5. Habitat Fragmentation:

This threat “exacerbates the problem of habitat loss for grassland and wetland birds,” explain the folks at the US Geological Survey. “Remaining patches of grasslands and wetlands may be too small, too isolated, and too influenced by edge effects to maintain viable populations of some breeding birds.” While it would require an unforeseen sea change to imagine corporate power slowing down its relentless quest for resources, sometimes seemingly insurmountable problems can be effectively challenged by dedicated activists. On a smaller scale, increased preserves and sanctuaries can help and individually, you can learn more about the natural habitats in your area, preserve existing wetland and salt marsh vegetation on your property, and plant native vegetation around your home and property.

6. Environmental Toxins:

Over at StateoftheBirds.org, they tell us: “Pesticides, toxic chemicals, and heavy metals such as lead and mercury cause significant bird mortality and reduce breeding success.” The short term method to address this is to reduce our own use of pesticides. Bigger picture? We have to recognize the major role transnational corporations play in the despoiling of landbase. From there, it’s up to us to force them to change.

 

7. Pigeon poaching:

The New York Times says this trend has become “a big New York problem, as pigeons are netted and taken over the state border to be used for sport and food.” According to People for Pigeons, “men armed with large nets drive around the city – particularly in the early-morning hours, when birds are hungry – and place seed on the ground to attract pigeons. When the birds come to eat, the men throw nets over them, place them in trucks, and drive off. The birds are sold for $5 and $10 each, mostly to legal, out-of-state pigeon shoots. Anyone who witnesses a poaching should contact their local police. In NYC, you can also call 311.

8. Hunting:

Roughly 120 million birds are taken by hunters each year. This is the easiest change of all: stop shooting birds.

9. Meat-based Diet:

This is the biggest bird killer on the planet. Just for example: every day, 23 million chickens are killed in the U.S. for food. That’s 269 dead chickens per second. This is also the second easiest change of all: stop eating birds.

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How Climate Change Affects Migrating Birds
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11:47AM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

thanks.

9:54PM PDT on Sep 20, 2011

Good post, Thanks. I try to do my part. I seek organic ways to control the pests in my yard. During this draught here in Texas every thing has just been baked by the sun. Nothing has grown and seeded so the birds have food. I have added feeders and kept them filled, and the birds have kept them emptied. I also have thrown a wild bird mixture out on the ground every 2 days for the larger wild wild birds, and went to my local Tractor Supply and bought a couple of those automatic waterers and put them in my yard as all the streams and ponds have dried up and there is no water supply for them. The squirrels have also taken advantage of the waterers and I am sharing my last years pecan supply with them, as there are none this year, my trees have shed all the pecans in the little green pod stage. I also have a butterfly garden that I put a soaker hose through as those do a wonderful job of watering with minimal water, as they seep slowly and soak the ground.

8:51AM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

Thanks

4:44PM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

I FEED THE BIRDS, GARDEN ORGANICALLY, HAVE CURTAINS AND OR SHADES ON MY WINDOWS AND CLINGS ON MY PATIO DOORS SO THE BIRDS KNOW THE WINDOWS ARE THERE. I AM ALWAYS OPEN FOR MORE IDEAS...THANKS!

6:30AM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

Very glad that there is more awareness in regards to wildlife. The more it is stressed and shared, the more we can fix things. Such as the towers and windows, very urgent and very clear, lights out during migratory seasons. Then, we can educate a new generation to build sustainably to co-habitate with wildlife and not to oust them. Very sad about the pidgeons. Men or people with guns as sports is a mindless activity and better to direct energies towards a wholistic lifestyle. People will need to re-think about their activities and to make conscious decisions. What selfish acts! Golf courses were not mentioned with regards to pesticides. Keep up the news. Pass it on and on.

9:04AM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

"Do not Corrupt the earth..." (Quran 7:56)

7:33PM PDT on Sep 5, 2011

Thanks. Our property is very Nature-friendly, especially for birds.

8:02AM PDT on Sep 3, 2011

Although there are some changes that are huge and need to be made on a wide-scale, we can do our part with the small changes! I will do so!

5:33PM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

So sad what happens

1:24PM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

noted.

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