Bird Talk

Inside Publications had an inspiring article this month about Vicki Butler, who has led a hugely successful effort to make bluebirds a common sight around Sacramento. She has set up nest box “trails” that provided the protections the little bluebirds needed and is credited with their recovery. It’s an astonishing story of how much impact one person can have – read it here!

Why not help the cause and build a box to house some bluebirds – plans and info is available at North American Bluebird Society.

It’s not just for the birds – a new study says that greater bird diversity brings joy to people! In fact it brings as much enjoyment as money – “An additional 10% of bird species therefore increases the Europeans’ life satisfaction as much as a comparable increase in income.” That’s a great reason to increase habitat and wildness in Sacramento!

Sacramento Audobon Society is our local champion for birds and has numerous resources for building boxes and creating habitat for birds on their site. The Christmas Bird Count has been largely modified for COVID this year, but there is still an opportunity to be a citizen scientist and count birds on the weekend of Jan 2 and 3. Also, if you have a great idea for a project that would benefit birds in our community, they provide small grants on an ongoing basis! Maybe you can come up with an idea like Vicki Butler to make our city better for the birds and us!

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