By Leah Zerbe
Let a snag stand safely, build a stick pile, and set out soft offerings.
Our beloved backyard birds are facing major challenges, and that’s forcing them to change their ways in order to survive. Climate change, habitat destruction, and toxic pesticides are playing a major role in our feathered friends’ decline. But there is a bit of good news in all this. “Birds are changing their habits in ways that offer us a way to help—birds that previously never visited feeders are now becoming regulars, and new species keep joining them,” explains naturalist Sally Roth, author of The Backyard Bird Lover’s Ultimate How-to Guide: More than 200 Easy Ideas and Projects for Attracting and Feeding Your Favorite Birds (Rodale, 2010). And as she likes to point out, with 46 million bird-watchers in the country, “our humble backyards can save the birds.”
With fall and winter just around the corner, here’s a list of things you can do to turn your yard into an irresistible songbird smorgasbord. The payback? Hours of entertainment, education, and the satisfaction of knowing you are helping to keep threatened species on the planet.
Here’s how to create a bird-friendly yard for fall and winter visitors:
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