Audubon At Home is a national initiative to help individuals protect and create wildlife habitats in their yards and neighborhoods.
With more than 2 million acres converted to residential use each year, how we landscape and maintain our properties can make a big difference. Simple steps like choosing bird-friendly plants and avoiding synthetic or toxic products can make it a more welcoming place for birds and all the creatures they depend on.
Take The "Healthy Yard Pledge"
Create healthy habitats in your backyards and other spaces by planting native species, removing invasive plants, reducing pesticide use, conserving water, protecting water quality, and keeping birds safe. Your actions can help make a difference.
Organic Lawn & Tip Sheets
To protect yourself and family from harm, consider these tips on how to go organic with your lawn care and to find a few of the many local sources for compost and organic gardening products. Please feel free to download this flyer and share it with friends: Going Organic ~ Lawn Care Tips
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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 as likely to die of cancer.
3) Three separate studies released in 2011 have linked common pesticides to long term reduction in 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.
Visit Audubon Connecticut's Audubon At Home website and visit the National Audubon At Home website for many other resources that will help you assess and plan for a beautiful, healthy, bird-friendly yard and home.
QUESTIONS? Call the "Audubon At Home" Coordinator in Connecticut at 203-869-5272 x236.