But it’s a busy time for our animal friends, too. They’re busy stocking up for the winter, insulating their burrows and nests, storing up food, and plumping up for hibernation.
And for birds, it’s especially busy. Birds that stick around for the winter are gathering and plumping, but birds that head south for warmer climates are gearing up for their migrations.
All of this activity means they’re flying around all over the place, and they’re not always on the lookout for man-made dangers.
One of the biggest dangers the modern world poses to birds are windows. Birds don’t always see them as solid objects, but think they can just fly right through. This is especially true in cities, which are full of glass skyscrapers.
In fact, window collisions are the second leading cause of death for birds (after attacks by cats), according to Canadian organization FLAP Canada, who estimates that anywhere from 100 million to 1 billion birds die from window collisions each year in North America.
But there’s good news: you can help out your local birds by keeping them safe with some easy (and surprisingly cute) steps! Read on to learn how.
Autumn sees a spike in bird collisions because the birds are migrating in large numbers, and because for the birds who were hatched over the summer, this is their first time out in the world, and they may not be as savvy as an older bird.
But there is good news. Not only are there organizations like FLAP and others looking out for birds and caring for injured ones, but there are steps you can take right at home to make sure birds know that your windows are no-fly zones.
Help keep birds safe this fall by trying out one of the methods shown here. And as an added measure, keep your cats inside!
You can learn more about helping birds, and what to do if you find an injured bird, on FLAP’s website, and check out some of the birds they’ve saved on Facebook. You can also donate to help injured birds get well again.
And to make sure your favorite birds stay safe this fall,SHARE this information with everyone you know!