September**:

Cat with bird in mouth
  1. The second leading cause of preventable bird deaths is being killed by domestic cats. If you have a pet cat, please keep it indoors.  Aurora limits the number of cats per household to limit free-roaming felines.
  2. If you have mice or rats in your house or yard don’t use poisons to get rid of them. Poisoned rodents are eaten by owls and hawks who are then poisoned themselves.
  3. Buy a Colorado Lottery ticket!  The money goes to protecting Colorado’s wilderness and creating trails, parks, pools, and recreation.
  4. Join us for Walk the Wetlands on the first Sunday of every month.  This walk has been going on for more than 20 years.  Meet at the Denver Audubon Nature Center.  Check our calendar for times at www.denveraudubon.com.
  5. Eliminate the use of herbicidal weed killers like Roundup which seep into local waterways and contaminate the water supply for wildlife.
  6. Use organic mulch (wood chips, compost, pine needles) around planting beds to improve the soil, reduce water usage and encourage earthworms.
  7. Next summer plan to plant sunflowers as a natural source of seeds for finches, chickadees, and nuthatches.
  8. Plant berry-bearing trees and bushes. Crabapples, cedars, hawthorns, serviceberries, dogwood, viburnum are among the best berry-producing plants for birds on the front range attracting a wide range of birds including Cedar Waxwings, Townsend’s Solitaires, American Robins,and Gray Catbirds.
  9. Plan to join the four-day Great Backyard Bird Count (http://gbbc.birdcount.org/) in February to create an annual snapshot of the abundance and distribution of birds.
  10. Enlist your neighbors and wider community to help incorporate bird-friendly plantings in yards, parks, workplaces, schoolyards, and other public areas.

** – Make a difference, become a member of the  Denver Audubon team (www.denveraudubon.com). Volunteer with us today!  

August**:

Bird-Window Collision
Wildlife Issues
  1. Window collisions are the leading cause of preventable bird deaths. Put streamers outside of windows and screens or use stickers to highlight your windows.
  2. Grab a pair of binoculars and learn to identify the common birds in the Denver-metro area.  Top 50 are listed at Denver Audubon website: www.denveraudubon.org/uncategorized/50-birds-in-denver/
  3. Support open space!  Buy a state parks pass, national parks pass, and support your local open space. Open spaces provide habitat for many bird species that can’t survive in metropolitan areas.
  4. Set up bird feeders to bring more birds to your yard. Make sure to clean the feeders regularly with soap and hot water and rinse well. Sunflower seeds are the most relished food for most birds, though niger/thistle seed is more attractive to American and Lesser Goldfinches while Mountain and Western Bluebirds like mealworms.
  5. Use a mulching mower to return grass clippings to your yard. Not only does this reduce fertilizer requirements but it also increases the earthworms and other natural composters in your soil. Let your lawn grow to the highest level of your mower to encourage better foraging for worms and bugs
  6. Consider turning a part or all of your yard to a native grass and wildflower area. This provides birds with natural food sources and habitat.
  7. If you are lucky enough to have a nest in your yard, keep dogs and children away from the nest and enjoy watching the babies fledge.
  8. Don’t use pesticides on your plants and lawn.  If there are no insects in your yard, there is no food for the birds.  Let the birds help you take care of bugs in your yard. 
  9. Age 13-17? Join Denver Audubon’s Young Birders Club (www.denveraudubon.org/young-birders-club/).  Many of our young birders go on to study Ornithology and contribute to our community.
  10. Set out a hummingbird feeder using 1/4 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water. Red dye is not necessary. If you use hummingbird feeders change the sugar water every 3-5 days.  Clean the feeder once a week with soap and hot water, then rinse well. 

** – Make a difference, become a member of the  Denver Audubon team (www.denveraudubon.com). Volunteer with us today!