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.
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.