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.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Why birds count and Why count birds

1.  Eat pests: Birds are technologically advanced, highly motivated, extremely efficient, and cost-effective, insect-pest controllers.
2.  Pollinate: Animals provide pollination services for over three-quarters of the staple crop plants that feed human kind and for 90% of all flowering plants in the world. 
3Disperse seeds: Some plants take advantage of birds pooping all over the place to disperse their seeds.
4.  Unite a nation: The United States started the trend for national birds when it made the Bald Eagle its avian representative over 200 years ago.
5.  Help win wars:  Birds taught the military about camouflage, flight, sentry systems, and during World War I and World War II, the U.S. military enlisted more than 200,000 pigeons to conduct surveillance and relay messages. 
6.  Save people: Birds act as "sentinels" for environmental health hazards by providing early warning of human health hazards in the environment. During the 1960s, when birds of prey began dying, people were alerted to the dangers of agricultural chemicals such as DDT.
7.  Promote conservation and environmentalism: The Passenger Pigeon, once the most common bird in North America, went extinct by 1914 due to over hunting which aroused public interest in the conservation movement and resulted in new laws and practices to prevent many other species from going extinct.
8.  Feed people: Eggs and meat from birds have sustained people for centuries. 
9.  Clothe and comfort: Feathers provide fashion, warmth, and comfortable cushion.
10. Entertain: The antics of our garden birds keep us amused and may inspire future scientists to make further discoveries about these ancient creatures that might one day save the world.
The Great Backyard Bird Count gives you the opportunity to make them count even more than ever by participating in this annual event which links citizens with scientists in an effort to collect important data about backyard birds.

The GBBC is a joint project of Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society and is sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited. It takes place each February. Count the birds in your backyard, and then simply report the information online. Your information becomes part of an extensive data base that is analyzed by scientists to better understand important trends in bird populations, range expansions, habitat changes and shifts in migration patterns.

Make your backyard count even more for the birds when you participate in this year's GBBC. And to ensure the birds all show up to be counted, visit our store for the widest variety of great bird food products!

With the 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count coming up this Friday, it's time for a last-minute check that you've got everything you need and that you can get into your existing account or create one if you've never participated in the GBBC before.
You can also check out the GBBC FAQ section and the eBird Help section.

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