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Published: Apr 17, 2015

Helping Birds:

Participate in Lights Out New York Join New York State in its efforts to cut down on light pollution that can disrupt and disorient bird's during migration. Find information on Audubon Society's Lights Out initiative and discover how you can help prevent building collision deaths by simply turning off unnecessary lighting and drawing blinds during peak bird migration periods.

Citizen Science Opportunities:

Hawk Migration Association of North America Winter Raptor Surveys 

Birder on a lakeGreat Backyard Bird Count

Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz

New York State Ornithological Association's January
Waterfowl Count

Christmas Bird Count 

Breeding Bird Survey 

Project Feeder Watch 

Nightjar Survey Network 

Mid-winter Bald Eagle Survey

Winter Wild Turkey Flock Survey

Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey 

Ruffed Grouse Drumming Survey

Audubon New York Citizen Science Programs

Additional Resources:

How to create a bird-friendly yard - An Audubon article that provides ideas to make your space bird friendly.

Be Green Organic Yards NY- Excellent tips on use organic practices without conventional pesticides and synthetic fertilizers to build a sustainable landscape healthy for  plants, wildlife, pets, and people.

Fishing on Montauk IslandFishing Responsibly- Practices that you can do that will help protect waterfowl and other wildlife.  Learn why lead sinkers are not allowed, what you can do to help stop the spread of aquatic invaders, and much more.

Helping Birds

Many people have bird feeders, and enjoy watching the antics of the animals they attract, and like every eating establishment, cleanliness is critical in maintaining healthy patrons!  Learn more from Wild Birds Unlimited and the Humane Society about how to keep feeders and bird baths clean and productive.

Cats kill millions of birds across the continent every year. Keeping cats inside keeps birds, and cats, safer. The American Bird Conservancy Cats Indoors Campaign  has lots of good information.

Many songbirds migrate at night.  Lights on buildings, communication towers, and other structures can attract, and then disorient birds, often causing fatal collisions with windows and guy wires. Check out the Fatal Light Awareness Program to learn what you can do to help nighttime migrants  

Photo by Howard Jennings' Chazy Lake Loon AlbumWhat to do with an injured or orphaned bird?  If you care, leave them there!  Many baby birds spend time away from the nest before they can fly, and may appear injured or abandoned.  Rest assured that the adult birds are nearby and still feeding and caring for their young at this stage, and will do a much better job of keeping the little one healthy and getting it flying if you leave the baby alone.

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