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Southlake Animal Hospital

3570 E. Lincoln Hwy
Merrillville, IN 46410

Helping Wild Birds On Bird Day

May 1 2022

Bird Day is May 4th! While we usually of course focus on pet birds, we also care about Polly’s wild cousins, and are happy to turn the spotlight over to them for this blog. Many wild bird populations are threatened or endangered, because of climate change, habitat loss, and other factors. A Crown Point, IN vet lists some ways to help them in this article.

Make Your Yard Bird-Friendly

No matter how big or small your yard is, there are things you can do to make it more hospitable for wild birds. Setting out birdbaths and birdfeeders is a great start. Planting native plants will also help, by providing nectar and pollen. Fruits, berries, and nuts are also beneficial, as they attract the insects many birds eat. (Note: because there is a current avian flu epidemic affecting wild birds, check local resources before acting this year.)

Go Eco-Friendly

Many manufacturers are using or switching over to sustainable, earth-friendly resources. Even taking small steps in this direction can help. When shopping, buy products that help preserve our beautiful planet and protect the animals we share it with.

Keep Your Cat Inside

We know, our feline friends are super cute. Don’t let your kitty’s furry face confuse you, though. Your adorable little pet may very well be a tiny serial killer! Cats kill billions of wild birds every year. (Fluffy also kills for fun, which is a bit disturbing, but that’s another issue.)

Revisit Your Landscaping

If you usually use mulch, consider switching over to arborist chips. These are a byproduct of tree trimming services. They offer the benefits of mulch, such as helping soil retain water, but can also be beneficial for all of those native plants you’re putting in your yard. In some areas, you may even be able to get them for free! 

Support Bird-Friendly Charities

There are many wonderful organizations that are trying to do everything they can to help wild birds. Most—if not all— of them are more than happy to accept donations, but there’s also a need for volunteers. For instance, the Audubon Society uses volunteers for many things, from preserving nests to identifying local bird populations. It never hurts to learn more! 

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. As your Crown Point, IN, we’re here to help! 

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