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It's a Native American belief that birds are messengers between heaven and earth.
During migration some birds seem to migrate by orientating themselves to the stars, while others seem to have a built-in magnetic compass. Miraculously, birds migrate successfully without any help from navigational devices. They let nature aid them in their travels!
As the seasons change birds instinctively know when it's time to take flight and make their long journey to their summer breeding grounds. The month of March is the time for many North American songbirds to begin their migration North. Some of their long, strenuous voyages require them to travel as far as 7,000 miles!
Birding is one of the fastest growing recreational activities in America. According to a national survey on recreation and the environment, over 70 million people over the age of 16 go outdoors to watch birds in the U.S.
A bird's feathers are used for insulation, flight and display. Birds are the only animals with feathers. Feathers are perfect for flying, keeping warm, and ensure a bird will have a colorful coat to show off! Amazingly, feathers are made out of the same stuff as your toenails.
Birds are such a diverse species and there are so many various kinds, that they are the most prevalent land living vertebrates on the planet. There are twice as many birds as there are other animals.
Birds have a four-chambered heart.
Birds don't need a toothbrush because they have no teeth!
Planting native plants in your yard brings native bird species back into the area. Go native! Do your landscaping with drought tolerant native plants. Then, sit back and watch the birds flock to your garden and save water at the same time! A diversity of plants will provide food for birds during different seasons throughout the year.
Africa supports 2,313 (23%) of the world's 9,917 bird species of which 1,400 can only be found on the continent.
Bird songs are unique to their specific habitat. They have developed to be heard easily wherever the bird resides. This is seen in forest dwelling birds who generally have short repeating songs that won't be lost bouncing off trees.
Birds, like airplanes, stay aloft by pushing against the air current.
In the late 1800’s it was fashionable for ladies to use the feathers of wild birds to adorn their hats and for the men to indiscriminately slaughter birds for sport. In the year 1900, alarmed by the rapid decline in bird populations, members of the Audubon Society persuaded Congress to pass the Lacey Act, which prohibited the interstate shipment of wild birds illegally killed. This was followed in 1913 by the Migratory Bird Act, which placed all migratory birds under the protection of Federal Law, thus ending the plume trade and greatly restricted the hunting of birds.
In the early 20th century, instead of shooting birds, outdoorsman were encouraged to get outside and count them. This resulted in the annual Christmas Day Bird Count; a tradition that continues today, with nearly 52,000 birders taking part in 1,800 counts across the United States.
A wishbone is actually a bird's collarbone fused together to form a unique shape.
Birds are embedded within the genealogy of predatory dinosaurs, which they resemble anatomically. A sparrow in your backyard is more closely related to a Tyrannosaurus Rex than a Stegasaurus is.
Nearly 100 million birds are killed each year when they collide with windows. At night, office buildings and skyscrapers cause a huge percentage of fatalities, because their lights are kept on and that attracts migrating birds. You can help by turning off the lights in your office at night, so birds won't be attracted to the artificial glow. Birds are also stopped cold by tree reflections found in windows during the daytime. Use non-reflective glass in windows at tree-level or hang bird silhouette decals outside your windowpanes, so they move with the wind and act as a deterrant. Check out our Blog for more information.
Birds are migrating sooner, laying eggs earlier, and have had to move to more northern latitudes in order to find suitable habitat to survive, because of the effects of climate change and deforestation on their fragile biodiversity and environment.
If you plan to set up a feeder for migrating or local hummingbirds to enjoy, keep in mind that the feeders must be thoroughly cleaned at least every other day - preferably every day - as the hummingbirds can contract infection or fungus from a dirty feeder.
Our shared world faces serious threats from habitat loss, land fragmentation and pesticide use. You can make a difference by donating to a charity or organization listed on our Blog, buying organic, and supporting Bowerbird & Company by purchasing one of our all-natural products.

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