About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
To contribute, email me at bloubird@gmail.com.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Why birds can't avoid hitting your car

Birds are born knowing many things. They have standard maneuvers to avoid predators, but still haven’t evolve vehicle-specific avoidance mechanisms. Harried parent birds and newly fledged babies can't gauge automatically how fast cars move.

This means you may have noticed birds in the road trying to outrun cars. Please drive very carefully. Don’t just assume that they’ll get out of the way in time.

Each year 60 million to 80 million bird deaths are attributed to cars. Right now you have to watch for all wildlife that crosses (or stands still in) the road. Statistics show that half the birds born this summer won't survive a year.

That's why I like to create a little bird sanctuary in my yard. I garden with native plants, put up birdhouses, and feed the birds.

Related Articles:
Why should we care about birds? http://bit.ly/KnwOxf
Michigan DNRE asking drivers to watch out for bald eagles http://bit.ly/KnxQJu
Why is the Dove a Symbol of Peace? http://t.co/Br4EnlB
Loss of the Passenger Pigeon http://bit.ly/sUPlXj
Stop baby birds from crashing into windows http://bit.ly/KUVpe5

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