Tips to pro­tect birds in your yard and gar­den

The Catoosa County News - - WORSHIP DIRECTORY -

One of the best parts of back­yard liv­ing in the warmer months is all the po­ten­tial for bird watch­ing that comes with it. You may have even in­stalled a bird­feeder in your gar­den in an at­tempt to at­tract more birds to your prop­erty.

But did you know, your home poses dan­ger­ous risks to the birds that visit your yard and gar­den? Win­dow strikes are com­mon among many species of mi­grat­ing birds, and mil­lions of wild birds are killed an­nu­ally fly­ing into win­dows.

Whether you are an avid ama­teur or­nithol­o­gist or just a ca­sual ob­server of feath­ered friends in flight, by tak­ing pre­cau­tions your home need not be part of the prob­lem.

Take ad­van­tage of the fact that birds can see cer­tain light fre­quen­cies that hu­mans can­not to make win­dows vis­i­ble to birds in a way that won’t ob­struct your own view. Do­ing so can be a sim­ple home project com­pleted in just an af­ter­noon.

Try ap­ply­ing UV de­cals and UV liq­uid to your home’s win­dows and slid­ing glass doors. Those from Win­dowAlert, for ex­am­ple, have been proven to ef­fec­tively al­ter the flight path of birds to pre­vent win­dow strikes. While the coat­ing will look like etched glass to the hu­man eye, it will look very vis­i­ble to a bird. As UV re­flec­tiv­ity may fade over time, it’s im­por­tant to re­place the de­cals and liq­uid ev­ery four months. Ap­pli­ca­tion tech­niques can be found by vis­it­ing Win­

“Turn­ing your home into a refuge for birds is a sim­ple way to save lives and pro­tect the crea­tures that beau­tify your yard and, in the case of hum­ming­birds, pol­li­nate your gar­den,” says Spencer Schock, founder of Win­dowAlert.

Schock also rec­om­mends plant­ing trees, shrubs and flow­ers that pro­vide birds with nour­ish­ment and shel­ter, as well as pay­ing at­ten­tion to pet cats when they are out­doors, to en­sure they don’t hunt the birds that visit.

This sea­son, be a bet­ter friend to birds by tak­ing a few sim­ple mea­sures in your home and gar­den.

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