Learn how to transform your yard into a bird refuge

Millions of wild birds are killed each year flying into windows, including in private homes. Birds face other dangers, too, in your yard, whether they are migrating or flying locally. Everyone, but especially those who enjoy having birds visit their yards and gardens, should take steps to make their homes a safer place for birds.

“Birds are part of a healthy ecosystem. Turning your home into a refuge for birds is good for the environment, saves lives and can add beauty to your garden,” said Spencer Schock, founder of WindowAlert.

• Do some planting: Plant trees, shrubs and flowers that provide birds with the nourishment and shelter they need. To be a good environmental steward, opt for species native to your region.

• Make windows visible: An easy way to make your windows visible to birds in a way that won’t disrupt your view outside your window is by applying UV decals and UV liquid to your windows.

Monitor the cat: If you have cats that like to spend time outdoors, be sure to monitor them to prevent bird hunting. If possible, consider keeping birds safe by creating an outdoor area for your cat to roam that’s enclosed.

Courtesy of StatePoint

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