The wild bird population in the United States is dropping each year, especially migratory birds that winter over in Latin America and the Caribbean. Over 225 species, many of our most famous and beautiful birds, such as our hummingbirds (the tiniest birds in the world), and songbirds such as warblers, thrushes, tanagers; hawks, owls, and more, nest with us in the United States and Canada in Spring and Summer but then must fly South to Mexico and beyond to survive our Winter season with its loss of food -- insects, fruit, berries, nectar. (These are birds that cannot subsist on birdseed as our wintering birds do.)
Many of our migrating jewels are birds we consider ours for historical and emotional reasons. The Baltimore Oriole, the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (the only one of 13-15 species in significant numbers East of the Mississippi River; now recovering due to public attention), the Scarlet Tanager, the Cerulean Warbler, the American Redstart, the Bobolink and Wood Thrush, and hundreds of others. They could easily go the way of the American Passenger Pigeon within the new century, without your attention and help.
Where Do They Go? Birds On The Wing
|Major Migration Routes in
North and South America
HUMAN-MADE PROBLEMS ARE THE DISASTER
In addition to severe natural dangers and events, the accelerating loss of our birds can be tracked directly to several human activities recurring throughout history, such as
(SEE: Birds Over Troubled Forests, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center,
Washington, DC 20008, ISBN #1-88-1230-00-7.
Brightness Falls from the Air, James Tiptree, Jr., Orb, New York, 1993, ISBN #0-312-85407-2
Bring Back the Birds: What You Can Do to Save Threatened Species, Russell Greenberg a Jamie Reaser, Stackpole Books, 1995, ISBN #0-8117-2519-7
Flying Into Trouble: The Global Decline of Birds, and What It Means, Howard Youth, World-Watch, Vol.7, No.l , Jan-Feb 1994, pages 10-19.
Latest Endangered Species: Natural Habitats of America, Wiilliam K. Stevens, The New York Times (Science), Tuesday, Feb 14, l995, pages Al; B10.
Silent Spring, Rachel Carson, Houghton Mifflin, l962. ISBN #0-395-45390-9
The Sixth Extinction, Richard Leakey and Roger Lewin, Doubleday, l995. ISBN #0-385-46809-1.
Where Have All the Birds Gone? John Terborgh, Princeton University Press, 1989. ISBN #0-691-02428-6
Life in the Balance: Humanity and the Biodiversity Crisis Niles Eldredge, Princeton, 2000. ISBN #0-69105-009-0
http://www.birdpop.org - (The Institute for Bird Populations -- global research and dissemination of information on changes in bird populations.))
YOU CAN HELP!
First Protect The Other Creatures, Then Square Things With Mankinds Nature.
As nesting, food, grass-and wetlands goes, so goes the bird population. Paramount is careful conservation and restoration of the green spaces we have left.
|When a forest, wetland or greenland is lost or fragmented, birds return to find part of their habitat (home) missing. They must relocate or perish. There is less and less each year. Where are the human stewards??|
|WHAT YOU CAN DO|
EVERYONE CAN START HERE :
|"Insects! Fruit! Berries! Nectar!!!
Woods! Grass and Wetlands!!!
Food! Shelter! Water!!!
|Marsh Wren, Ole Westby (c)|
-- PLANT TREES, SHRUBS, & WILDFLOWERS
FOR INSECTS, FRUIT, BERRIES, AND NECTAR
FLOWERS & VINES FOR HUMMINGBIRDS & BUTTERFLIES
Bird of Paradise
Crimson Monkey Flower
Lily of the Nile
Larkspir (Blue, and Scarlet)
Red Hot Poker
Yellow Trumpet Vine
PLANT NOW -- MAKE EXTINCTION THE EXCEPTION.
EXCELLENT AND NOT TOO EXPENSIVE BOOKS
HELP YOU START GARDENING FOR BIRDS
American Wildlife & Plants - A Guide to Wildlife Food Habits, Martin; Zim; Nelson, Dover Publications, 1951; 1961, ISBN 0-486- 20793-5 (pkb)($9.95).
How to Attract Birds, Ortho Books, ISBN 0-89721-011-5(pkb.)( $9.95).
Bird Gardening Book - The Complete Guide to Creating A Bird-friendly Habitat in Your Backyard, Donald and Lillian Stokes; Little, Brown and Company, 1998, ISBN 0-316-81836-4 (pkb)($11.05).
Songbirds In Your Garden, John K. Terres; foreword by Roger Tory Peterson, Algonquin Books, 1994, ISBN 1-56512-044-2 (pkb.)($14.95).
Birdscaping Your Garden - A Practical Guide to Backyards and the Plants That Attract Them, George Adams, Rodale Press, 1998, ISBN 0-87596-956-9 (pkb.)($18.95). *
The Bird Lover's Garden by Margaret MacAvoy and Pat Kite, Friedman/Fairfax Publishers, 2000, ISBN 1-56799-727-9, 128 pages, hardcover ($25.00).
The Encyclopedia of North American Trees by Sam Benvie, Firefly, 2000, ISBN 1-55209-408-1, 304 pages, color photos / illus., hardcover ($35.00).
See also Good Reading list on the Menu (To the left).
*Wild Birds for the 21st Century, Inc.� has no financial ties to any suggested sources.
WHY BIRDS? -- CAN'T WE KEEP THEM IN A CAGE OR ZOO??
The answer is no, not without
What do wild birds do for human beings?
They are living, breathing symbols of liberty and beauty, grace, precision, excellence -- frequently so exquisite as to be dumbfounding; frequently and, reassuringly, very plain. Historically symbols of sky and freedom for earthbound animals, who must still envy and study their easy, aerial acrobatics.
Origins of song, poetry and myth. Descendants of the dinosaurs. Most efficient insectivores in the world yet harmless to us and the earth. Major pollinators, essential predators and scavengers. "Our" wild birds are a major link in the food chain that sustains us all as fellow creatures. Symbiotic protectors of trees. A living early warning system to humans of the health of our environment; additions to property values as well as family values. A multi-billion dollar industry, worldwide, for tourism and gardeners.
Our fellow creatures known as "wild birds" are a gift of God and Nature; crucial to the web of life that supports our own. They are happy harbingers of Spring and the seasons; an endless pleasure to the observing eye, ear and intellect. Unexpectedly -- to some -- they are proving to be intelligent and sentient beings, worthy of respect and protection as valuable members of our extended family. Will human population expansion, unguarded markets and technology, be allowed to destroy them in the coming years?
Will you help make your garden an oasis for wild birds?? Plant trees, shrubs, vines, and flowers for fruit, berries, nectar, and insects.
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