8 Actions YOU can take:
- Reduce or eliminate pesticide and herbicide use. By using fewer chemicals in and around your home you will help keep birds, pets and your family healthy.
- Plant native plants. Native flora provides birds with food in the form of fruit and seeds, and is home to tasty invertebrates like bugs and spiders.
- Identify the non-native invasive plants in your region. Work to remove them from your own yard. And don’t bring any new invasive species into your backyard habitat! Invasives don’t provide as much good food or habitat as native species do, and can threaten healthy ecosystems.
- Attract hummingbirds with sugar water, made by combining four parts hot water to one part white sugar. Boil for one to two minutes. Never use honey, artificial sweeteners, or food coloring. Clean your hummingbird feeder once a week with a solution of one part white vinegar to four parts water.
- Make your windows visible to birds to prevent collisions. Put up screens, close drapes and blinds when you leave the house, or stick multiple decals o the glass (decals need to be no more that two to four inches apart to be effective).
- Let your yard get a little messy! Leave snags for nesting places and stack downed tree limbs to create a brush pile, which is a great source of cover for birds during bad weather.
- Close your blinds at night and turn off lights you aren’t using. Some birds use constellations to guide them on their annual migrations, and bright lights from windows and skylights can disrupt their steering senses.
- Create or protect water sources in your yard. Birds need water to drink and to bathe in just like we do. Be sure to keep birdbaths clean and change the water three times per week when mosquitoes are breeding.