1. Please, please keep your cats indoors. Outdoor house cats and feral cats kill many millions of birds each year. Download any of the following files for more information:
– The Great Outdoors is NO Place for Cats
-“Managed” Cat Colonies: The Wrong Solution to a Tragic Problem-An Evaluation of Feral Cat Management Options Using a Decision Analysis Network
-Impacts of Free-ranging Domestic Cats (Felis Catus) on Birds in the US
Not enough evidence for you? Here is even more reading material…
2. Recycle. We know, you’ve heard it a thousand times. But when you think of throwing something “away”, remember, there is no “away”. It goes somewhere, and you may not like where it ends up. Besides being unsightly, trash often ends up badly for birds and other wildlife. Don’t assume that all your trash gets neatly tucked away. See http://www.plasticoceans.net/. For a good summary of the problems inherent in plastic bag waste and additional resource links, check out www.reusethisbag.com.
3. Buy shade-grown coffee. There is a worldwide effort to educate and support coffee growers who grow their crop organically and underneath the canopy of the tropical forest instead of clear-cutting. We are doing all we can in North America to conserve habitat for migratory birds, but it will all be for naught if we don’t do all within our power to conserve habitat on their wintering grounds. The Smithsonian’s Migratory Bird Center provides more information and lists of sources from which you can purchase.