Monday, November 5, 2012

How You Can Help Birds

Reddish Egret
Loggerhead Shrike
Snowy Plover
Red Knot
Painted Bunting, these are all on the lists of birds most a risk.
There's an amazing new list of the Conservation Assessment of Total Bird Diversity in the United States Including a Complete List of Birds of the United States with Conservation Rankings. The list is based on a study by the American Bird Conservancy, the first ever study to include the full range of bird diversity in all 50 U.S. states and U.S. dependent territories. Alarmingly the study found that one third of these birds need conservation attention.

Here's the list of the most At-Risk birds in the 50 U.S. States.

Gunnison Sage-Grouse
Sitka Sooty Grouse (ssp)
Lesser Prairie-Chicken
Black-capped Petrel
Pink-footed Shearwater
Ashy Storm-Petrel
Hawaiian Storm-Petrel
Reddish Egret
Yellow Rail
Black Rail (both ssp)
Gulf Snowy Plover (ssp)
Alaskan Marbled Godwit (ssp)
Eastern Red Knot (ssp)
Kittlitz’s Murrelet
Guadalupe Murrelet
Scripps's Murrelet
Craveri’s Murrelet
Red-crowned Parrot
S. CA Olive-sided Flycatcher (ssp)
S. FL & Is. Loggerhead Shrikes (ssp)
S. CA Pinyon Jay (ssp)
Kauai 'Elepaio
Hawaii 'Elepaio
Eastern Bewick’s Wren (ssp)
Bicknell’s Thrush
SF Bay Common Yellowthroat (ssp)
Mangrove Prairie Warbler (ssp)
Arizona Grasshopper Sparrow (ssp)
Eastern Painted Bunting (ssp)
Maui 'Alauahio (Maui Creeper)

What can you do to help conservation? Here are some things,
The Election is tomorrow, so please go out and vote and, when you do, think of voting for the officials whose policies will benefit the birds.

If we all don't help conserve birds, who will?


  1. Bonitas fotos,el Azulillo es precioso.Saludos

  2. Beautiful photos, and thanks for sharing your list on what we can do to help birds, Lillian. I found that drawing patterns on the outside of windows with a bar of soap helped me reduce window strikes, although admittedly it doesn't look great unless perhaps you are a real artist.

  3. Thanks Hikle, good suggestion. There is also a product on the market called Bird Screen, that can be mounted on the outside of the window but does not obstruct your view through the window from the inside.

  4. Great post! Especially love the Reddish Egret photo :o)

  5. Thanks for the compliment, Jim. I took this at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel, FL, one of my favorite places for bird photography. Even there, you only see Reddish Egrets a few at a time, if you are lucky.

  6. Wonderful suggestions on how we all can help our feathered friends! Exceptional photographs of beautiful birds!

  7. great photos, and very good and informative post.

  8. Beautiful images and great suggestions Lillian!