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We're looking at ways that we can help our feathered friends during winter. 

In case you didn't know, birds serve as a sort of "barometer" of our planet's health, particularly when it comes to measuring the health of a specific ecosystem. And let me tell you, the news is not exactly encouraging. Nearly 12 percent of the world's 9,800 species are facing extinction in the next century. 

We want to help birds and we know you do too. So we've come up with a list that we hope you'll share with others on how you can help birds in winter. Here are five simple ways! 

Birds have been a source of inspiration to humans for many, many years. However, nearly 12 percent of the world's 9,800 species are facing extinction in the next century. Parrots, especially, have come under fire during the time humans have been obsessed with their unique coloring and talkative nature - nearly one-third of the world's 330 parrot species are facing extinction. 

Things that contribute to these horrifying numbers include disease, poaching, habitat loss (that's a big one), and the illegal pet trade. No, not cats (contrary to what many publicly funded groups would have you believe, humans are responsible for billions more bird deaths than cats). 

To survive, birds need our support and concern. And so, without further ado, here are five easy things you can do to help birds survive.

1. Place a water source in your yard

2. Create your own easy bird feeders 

Birds often have a tough time finding seed in the winter. You can help by either providing seed in bird feeders or creating your own DIY Bird feeder. This is an excellent project for kids! Here are the directions on how to make a feeder:

3. Apply CollidEscape to your windows

4. Provide a healthy and varied diet to outdoor birds

In order to keep wild birds fed during winter, you must first know what types of birds are most common to your area. Bird Watchers has an excellent app that you can download to your phone or tablet to identify birds in your region. This is a great learning tool and we hope you'll download it! If not, visit Nat Geo for another great guide that helps you identify birds with four easy questions. 

Once you've identified the birds you have (or would like to attract), simply google the name of the bird to discover what type of seed they prefer. Easy peasy! 

This is a great "overview" of bird seeds for specific types of birds from BBC

5. Spread the Word!

There are thousands of resources available that make it very easy to spread the word about this important day (and about how to protect our birds in general). Here are just a few listings we've found with tons of great resources.

Order a Teachers Kit that includes:
  • A "Lucky"-inspired lesson plan
  • Three new full-color National Bird Day posters
  • A coloring page depicting birds caged and — as they should be — free
  • Born Free USA's distinctive bookmark

Order a pack today for just $15 — almost $5 less than the price of ordering "Lucky" alone! We offer this cost savings to teachers so that they can share "Lucky's" heart-warming story and use the pack's other materials to promote the loving spirit of National Bird Day.

Visit NationalBirdDay for some fun, informative tips you can use to keep your backyard birds safe from the winter and from predators. 

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Author: stacymantle
About the Author

Stacy Mantle is a freelance writer who currently resides in the southwestern deserts of Arizona with a few dogs, several cats, and a very understanding husband. She is a regular contributor to Pet Age Magazine, Catster, Animal Behavior College, and of course, PetsWeekly. Many of her stories and articles have been translated into several languages, and now reach an international audience. She is also the author of a bestselling urban fantasy/thriller, Shepherd's Moon; a humor book entitled, Conquering the Food Chain: Living Amongst Animals (Without Becoming One), and a line of Educational Activity Books for children.

Bird Facts

  • The largest bird in the world is the Ostrich, native to Africa. It weighs up to 300 lbs.
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