The Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory will be hosting one or two webinars a month in 2021 on how to make your corner of the world better for your feathered, winged, and aquatic neighbors. The webinars are part of its groundbreaking Neighborhood Habitat Improvement Project. Each session is free, but registration is required.
In 2019, researchers from seven institutions documented the staggering loss of nearly 3 billion North American breeding birds since 1970. That’s more than one in four of the continent’s birds gone in less than a single lifetime.
Habitat loss and degradation are the biggest overall causes of the declines, scientists say. But other human-caused threats also play a role -- predation by free-roaming cats, poisonings, electrocution at powerlines, and collisions with windows, vehicles, communication towers, and wind turbines.
The scope of the losses is sobering, but history has shown how resilient birds are, and science has proved that conservation works. What’s more, the nature of the threats represents a silver lining: Many can be reduced by actions taken by individual homeowners.
In this presentation, Chuck Hagner will explain how this fact presents each of us with a great opportunity: By taking seven simple actions, we can dramatically improve the state of our birds.