As the last of the summer fledglings make their way out into the big wide world and the autumn migration gets under way, it’s important to raise awareness of the staggering scale of the songbird massacre occurring in Southern Europe and Northern Africa.
Last year a detailed scientific review titled ‘The Killing’ was published by BirdLife International. As we do each year, Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) will be hosting bird protection camps across Italy, Malta, France and Cyprus to disrupt and prevent the illegal killing.
An article on the study published in the Express can be found here:
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Tree cavities can provide crucial habitat for wildlife including insects.
Birds seek these cavities out in all seasons for many reasons like as a shelter, nesting place or as a food source as insects will hide in there.
If you have a living or dead tree or snag in your yard with cavities, consider letting it remain standing (if it does not pose a risk to people or buildings).
For more information on the importance of snags and tree cavities in your yard and community,
Researchers from Ohio State and Cornell University collaborated on a project to measure the effects of increased woody habitat and rates of predation on nesting birds. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169204614002643). Their findings should put bird-lovers at ease who fear that increased trees, shrubs, and brush piles lead to increased predation. This was their original prediction too, but there was no significant data to support this claim. So, if you resist brush piles for this reason, reconsider, and visit YardMap to learn more.
The thicker the better as predators such as cats can’t get through.Plant bramble for example.
Via contain cats NZ: https://m.facebook.com/containcatsnz?refsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fcontaincatsnz
Prior to human arrival our unique endemic fauna had no evolutionary experience in co-existing with mammalian predators and has suffered extinctions and general population declines as a result. Free roaming cats are a primary threat to most native species in urban areas. ‘Containing cats’ is protective of NZer’s favourite pet while giving native birds such as these Kakakriki the opportunity to re-inhabit gardens and increase the diversity of life that surrounds us.
Via Kereru discovery: http://kererudiscovery.org.nz/
We are so lucky to live in the heart of a large city were we are surrounded by native birds that visit us every day. When you can sit on your lawn (that needs mowing ) for 30 minutes, with two Kakariki feeding on the ground and chattering to each other only 6 feet away from you – it becomes very clear to us why we would never own a cat again!
Via contain cats NZ
The Kea seen here are endemic to NZ and nationally endangered. Like so many of our native birds their population size is relatively small (in the thousands) and they face a wide range of threats to their long term survival. Meanwhile the nationwide domestic cat population may be as high as 1.5 million animals and growing. Given the significant contribution of predatory cats to NZ’s bird extinction record and the continued threats they place upon many ground nesting birds and lizard species it goes without saying that responsible pet ownership begins with containment. Safer for cats, safer for wildlife.
photo; ‘Trouble in Paradise’
“The owner of this property is bird friendly and has their cats contained 100%. The cats have access to an outdoors enclosure directly via the house so never step foot outdoors – great to see such responsible cat ownership!!” Tamsin Orr-Walker of Kea conservation Trust.
image courtesy of Kea conservation trust. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kea-Conservation-Trust/139532942749463
Here is a interesting short video how long it takes and
how Riflebirds practice for the dance that will get them the one of the picky ladies…