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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Opportunities for bird conservation at home

April 22 is Earth Day, a global event that encourages people to conserve resources and preserve natural habitats. Though people around the world will participate in various festivals, community projects and other environmentally-friendly ventures, you could choose to stay close to home and create a habitat for birds and other wildlife in your backyard.

The average backyard may be visited by 15 to 20 different bird species. However, a bird-friendly yard can attract 60 or more different species. To attract the greatest number of bird species, a habitat must provide at least one of each of these elements: food, water, shelter and a place to raise young.

It’s the perfect time to attract a lot of interesting and colorful birds. Many birds have returned from their fall and winter homes, and they’re looking for places to feed, court and nest.

Offering food can be as simple as hanging a bird feeder in a tree or as ambitious as planting native, fruit-bearing bushes or shrubs. Providing a fresh supply of water with a bird bath will also increase the variety of bird visitors. Birds use water for drinking as well as for bathing and preening their feathers. Clean feathers are important for birds’ health and optimum flying ability.

Landscaping for the ideal wildlife habitat should include plants ranging in size and density from small evergreen shrubs to tall, full-grown trees. The same plants that provide food and shelter can also provide safe areas for many species of wildlife to build nests and raise their families.

Of the world's more than 9,000 species of birds, over 200 are known to breed in Michigan and more than 400 species spend at least some time in the state. The list includes many songbirds ranging from the common American robin to the endangered Kirtland's warbler. 

Related Articles:

Attracting Michigan Songbirds https://goo.gl/WH5Lbi
How do you become a birdwatcher? http://bit.ly/rquunU
Best field guide for Michigan birds http://bit.ly/vPOMx1
What are the Best Binoculars: How to Choose Optics http://bit.ly/vZW26j
Most common winter birds in Michigan http://bit.ly/vUZynL

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