World Migratory Bird Day 2024 celebrated May 11

eastern bluebird, Photo by Beatrice Eckertson

This year we celebrated World Migratory Bird Day along with many like-minded groups.

The event was held on May 11 in Burnet Woods, Cincinnati, an Audubon designated Important Birding Area (IBA), and the smallest so named in the nation. As an important stopover area for migratory birds, it’s worth protecting this urban oasis woods from any further habitat loss.

Thank you to all who brought valuable information about birds and insects to the forefront.

Migratory birds (and the insects that feed them) are seeing declining numbers, and could be in major trouble as soon as 2050. That is the reason we need to take some basic protective actions, to help migratory bird species survive. Actions you can do are:

  • Plant native species.
  • Remove invasive species plants.
  • Plant more trees.
  • Protect the tree canopy by preserving mature trees
    stop spraying pesticides and insecticides.
  • Limit outside lighting at night to reduce light pollution
    use warm-toned lighting when possible.

Lastly, two very important measures to protect birds are: keep all cats indoors; and shield or mark large plate glass windows to ensure that birds do not strike the glass.

Groups that participated with educational booths were: The Audubon Society, who also led a hike and bird count, the Bird Nerds & the Civic Garden Center, the Miami Group, the Solid Waste Caucus, Burnet Woods Park Advisory Council, The Crow Knows/Carol Mundy, and Preserve Burnet Woods. The Community Action Team (CAT) from UC graciously provided lunch and cookies to those who attended. In addition, Nature Encounters from Cincinnati Parks hosted a great bird display in Trailside Nature Center for the event.

Thank you all who came out!

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