By Sinead Chapdelaine
According to bird scientists, songbirds like Blue Jays, Cardinals and Red-Winged Blackbirds are dying out all over the planet. We have to do something about it or soon they’ll be gone.
Ornithologist Bridget Stutchbury said, “By some estimates, we may have lost almost half the songbirds that filled the skies almost forty years ago” (“Are Songbirds disappearing,” SongbirdSOS, The Nature of Things).
Why are birds important?
Birds, like the bees, pollinate plants. They help to spread seeds and eat bugs that eat plants. With no plants, we can’t eat or breath! And who wouldn’t want the song of nature? Their song is peaceful and lovely.
Why are they dying?
- Pesticides: Farmers are using too many pesticides on their crops. The birds are eating them and dying.
- Tall buildings: When we leave lights on at night, birds don’t see our windows and crash into them and die.
- Deforestation: We are taking their homes and claiming it as are own. We cut trees down for homes, farming and wood products.
- Cats: You might think your cat is harmless, but s/he is not. Cats have killed a lot of birds. Estimates of 1.4 billion birds are killed by cats each year! (SongbirdSOS, The Nature of Things).
What we can do
- Buy organic food.
- Make your backyard bird-friendly by having food and water and lots of trees. See the following link on backyard bird essentials: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/browse/topic/feeding-birds/
- Turn your lights off at night.
- Keep your cat on a leash or put a bell on him\her, because that will warn the birds that the cat is near.
Thank you for reading. I hope you want to help!