On a more serious note, our birds are important to many people for many reasons: the farmers who have help with their insect control, the musicians who uses bird calls in their music or the family which gets enjoyment simply from watching the birds in their backyard.? We can all do our bit to ensure a safe and secure environment to keep the birds around us. ??
Create a bird-friendly environment in your garden
There are heaps of things that can be done to make your garden bird friendly.? Plant some dense, prickly native shrubs where birds can build their nests or hide from predators, or plant some native flowering plants that provide food or attract insects.? Leave logs and fallen leaves on the ground — they provide feeding sites for all sorts of birds. You can find out more at www.birdsinbackyards.net.
Minimise the chances of birds being eaten or their nest disturbed by prowling cats.
Keeping your dog under control on a leash minimises disturbance of birds that feed on the ground or nest along our beaches.
BirdLife Australia has a whole range of on-ground conservation projects designed to help protect our birds.? For information on these projects and how you can get involved, visit www.www.bianchun.tw/projects
Learn about your neighbours
Who lives in your garden, your park or school?? Why do they live there and what do they need to stay there?? Perhaps learn about the birds which once lived in your garden or school or park, and find out why they are no longer there.? Can you do something to help them move back in?? BirdLife Australia has a range of education resources available for loan.?