How to Help Birds:
                     --Locally and Globally--
       My Mission: "to help birds because bird populations are declining.
       I help birds by educating others, protecting habitat, and creating habitat."
Read my articles on my blog to learn more about birds and how you can help to protect our birds
watch my video :
" Birds of Los Angeles County:"and  tell your neighbors  and  friends how beautiful birds are!
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         Threats that Birds Face:

"We all can make a difference!"
  How to help birds locally now:

 -keep your cat indoors
-never use rat poison--owls and hawks eat poisoned rats and die
-plant native vegetation to your area
-keep your  your humingbird feeder clean at all times as birds get sick from mold in sugar water
-help preserve habitat by writing to politicians in your town
-help preserve dead trees for cavity nesters
-trim your trees only in fall, remember spring is nesting season
-when hunting use copper bullets--ingested lead kills raptors
-never toss fishing lines in lake or river
-put trash in cans with lids--microtrash and plastic kills birds
-talk to your neighbors and tell them how beautiful birds are
-paste paper hawks on your windows to avoid birds crashing in your windows
- raise money for bird conservation

How to help Birds globally now :

-buying Bird friendly coffee with the Smithsonian label to protect habiat for migrating birds. Only coffee with this label means that the coffee is shaded by native trees. Coffee plantations with native trees support significant more bird species than those with non-native trees.

California Condors

California Condors are endagered. The main threats for California Condors today are microtrash, lead bullets and habituation. You can help by picking up microtrash (small pieces of trash such as bottlecaps) in condor habitat and educate others about the harmfull effects of lead on wildlife and humans. Keep your distance from wildlife and never feed condors. To keep them wild, they should not get used to humans.

To read more about California Condors read my article:
The Snowy Plover is a threatened species that nests on beaches. We can help Snowy Plovers by keeping  your disance from nesting habiat. Keep your dogs on a leash on beaches and avoid jogging or driving in Plover nesting habiat. You can aslo help by participating in Snowy Plover surveys. Contact California Audubon to find out about surveys in your area.

read more about snowy plovers in my article:

Snowy Plovers

Go birding anywhere in the world and enter your sightings into eBird

You can enter the birds you see into eBird, a worldwide online data base for scientists and conservationists to study changes in bird populations. You can also enter your photos and recordings  of birds. The more we know about birds, the better we can protect them. To sign up for eBird go to:
(photo: American Kestrel)

Red-crowned Parrots in Mexico

Although the Red-crowned Parrots seem to be thriving in the Los Angeles urban environment, they are listed as endangered in Northeast Mexico. One of the largest threats to the Red-crowned Parrot in Mexico is the
pet trade. Nestlings are taken out of their nests and smuggled across the border to places like San Diego, California, and El Paso, Texas. The
best way to help these parrots is to educate people about the illegal wildlife smuggling and to not buy parrots without proper documentation
from pet shops. Customers can make the biggest difference. Instead of buying a parrot, you can adopt one from a bird rescue organization. Parrots are beautiful and intelligent, but they are wild animals. To read my full article on Red-crowned Parrots go to Los Angeles Audubon Society :
Helping Hawaiian Birds: The Hakalau Forest on the Big Island
There are 11 native Hawaiian bird species living in and around the Hakalau Forest. Many of the endemic bird populations are declining due to habitat loss, predation, and disease. Much of the island's native habitat has been destroyed  due to grazing. However, some of the native birds are increasing in numbers. The Nene, an endemic goose,  was on the verge of extinction with just 40 individuals. Due to an extensive cat and rat eradication and a large captive breeding program, there are now 3,000 Nene in the wild. You can help by donating to the Hakalau Forest  at:
To learn more watch my interview with Biologist Jack Jeffrey:
and read my entire article about the birds of the Hakalau Forest in the Los Angeles Audubon Newsletter at

   Buying Bird Friendly Coffee

Bird Friendly Coffee  ( supports our migratory songbirds. Many of our songbirds migrate in the winter to Central and South America. By buying Bird Friendly Coffee, you help preserve habitat  in the Central and South America. Photos below show birds from San Blas, Mexico.  
You can  buy Bird Friendly  Coffee at  : Make sure your coffee has the Smithsonian label. To learn more about the importance of protecting migratory birds and how to help birds globally  read my article  Birds are Citizens of the World:
Northern Potoo
This Black-throated Green Warbler  spends the winter in Mexico  and spends the summer in the Northeastern United States.  It is important that we save habitat in both places
The Beautiful Golden-cheeked Woodpecker is endemic to Mexico. Protecting habitat in Mexico will help protect this bird as well
Rufous -backed Robin
Yellow -winged Cacique

Fundraising for Bird Habitat

Read about my "Big Photo Day " as an example of a fundraiser. Special thanks to my mentors Susan and Frank Gilliland, who were my team members, and big thanks to Tom Stephenson, who had the idea of "the Big Photo Day"

Protecting  the
Seabirds of Kauai

Many seabird species in Kauai are in decline. For example, on Kauai, Newell’s Shearwater populations have declined by 94 percent, and Hawaiian Petrel populations have declined by 78 percent over the last 25 years (Raine et al. 2017)
Plastics are a huge threat to seabirds. Please say no to straws, unnecessary packaging, plastic cups etc!

Red-tailed Tropicbird in Kauai

Climate Change

Climate change is one of the biggest threats to bird populations. Flooding, droughts, and wildfires are changing the habiat for many birds. For example, at Denali National Park in Alaska, Golden Eagles are likely impacted by climate change. The tree line is moving up in the mountains due to warmer temperatures.
Golden Eagles need open spaces to find their pray, and   trees are starting to cover those open spaces.  (to read the full article go to

If you would like to help fight climate change, you can join the organization iMatter. This organization helps young people by providing an experienced youth mentor who will help you to take action against climate change in your community. You also will have the opportunity to meet other youth activists. To learn more, visit

Photo: Golden Eagle soaring over the mountains of Denali National Park