With more than 2 million acres of land converted to residential use each year, how we landscape and maintain our properties can make a big impact. Simple steps like choosing bird-friendly plants and avoiding synthetic or toxic products can make it a more welcoming place for birds, all the creatures they depend on, and other wildlife. Making small changes together will make a big difference.
Take the "Healthy Yard Pledge"
Your actions matter. Begin by creating healthy habitats in your backyard and other spaces by planting native species, removing invasive plants, reducing pesticide use, conserving water, protecting water quality, and keeping birds safe.
Organic Lawn & Tip Sheets
To protect yourself and your family from harm, consider these tips on how to maintain an organic lawn along with compost and organic gardening product options. Going Organic ~ Lawn Care Tips
|1) 67 million birds are killed every year by pesticides.|
|2) Dogs whose owners use 2,4-D (a common weed killer) on their lawns are 2x's as likely to die of cancer.|
|3) Three separate studies released in 2011 have linked common pesticides to long-term reduction of cognitive development in children.|
|4) Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (the 2nd fastest growing cancer in the U.S.) is linked to common herbicides and fungicides.|
|5) Fertilizers and pesticides from lawn runoff are highly damaging to the ecology of our streams, ponds, and the Long Island Sound.|
|6) Children living in households where pesticides are used have higher rates of leukemia and brain cancer.|
|7) 100% of Americans have traces of pesticides in their body tissue.|
*The scientific sources for these disturbing facts are in the PDF via the linked above or below. Permission to copy and share this information is granted.
More "Audubon At Home" Resources
Visit our state and national websites for more resources that will help you create a beautiful, healthy, bird-friendly home, neighborhood, or school.
QUESTIONS? Call the Bird-friendly Communities Coordinator in Connecticut at 203-930-1385.