Just Feed Birds and Make a World of Difference
It might be hard to believe that one person feeding birds in their yard can help restore the balance of nature.
But it’s true. Because in nature, everything is connected. And everything matters.
Wild birds are essential to biodiversity – our planet’s way of maintaining its own health. By wreaking havoc on wildlife habitats with our roads and buildings and suburban lawns, we’ve thrown biodiversity out of balance. Like canaries in a coal mine, our declining bird populations are warning us that our environmental health is in jeopardy. Feeding backyard birds is a simple yet effective way to favorably affect bird populations and encourage and sustain biodiversity.
It’s a natural sequence: the more you feed the birds, the greater number of birds will survive to raise their young. The more you feed the birds during nesting season, the less time the parents will need to stay away from the nest foraging for food. The better the baby birds are fed, the higher their survival rate. The more baby birds that survive, the more insects they consume. The fewer insects you have, the fewer chemicals you’ll have to use. The fewer chemicals you use, the faster your immediate environment will be brought back into balance. The more that your immediate environment is in balance, the more natural predators of insects you’ll have. The fewer chemicals you use, the healthier you, your children, your pets, your yard and the water supply will be. The healthier the habitat is, the more birds there will be. The more you feed the birds, the sooner all of this will happen.
So, just feed birds and make a world of difference.
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Feeding birds is one of the best ways to impact the world around you.
The simple act of putting out a bird feeder and keeping it clean and full can greatly improve the chances that birds and their offspring will survive. Many believe that birds only benefit from feeders during certain times of the year. However, birds actually have a year-round need for reliable, steady food sources. Click to download our Feeding Birds Makes a Difference infographic.
Homes with bird feeders attract more birds over time than those without feeders. Stress levels are lower where bird feeders are present. Birds at homes with bird feeders are in overall greater health than birds at places without feeders. Places with bird feeders had a higher percentage or young birds recruited into the breeding population than places without. Survival rates for birds were 38% higher in areas where bird feeders were present.