Three reason why bird conservation is so important to our ecology:
- Distribution of seeds that leads to forest conservation.
- Food sources for bird predators.
- Insect and rodent population control.
For complete resources on bird conservation visit the American Bird Conservancy.
For the most updated "watchlist" (a list of bird species currently in decline and in most need of attention) visit the National Audubon Society. There is also a site called Birds to Help which covers which species you can help with just backyard (or patio/balcony) bird feeding based on where you live and whether its urban, suburban, or rural. They also tell you how to feed your selected bird and enable you to download a pdf file all about them.
So, break out your new bird feeder, bird seeds, and binoculars, and enjoy the knowledge that you are doing something that's not only relaxing, but important. You'll be creating a more beautiful natural world.
Everything you ever wanted to know about bird feeding and how to do it.