Ways To Help Birds During Migration Season

Provide Food: Set up bird feeders stocked with high-energy foods such as black oil sunflower seeds, suet, and nyjer (thistle) seeds. This can provide much-needed fuel for migrating birds during their journey. 

Offer Water: Place shallow bird baths or water sources in your yard to provide birds with a place to drink and bathe. Ensure the water is clean and changed regularly to prevent the spread of disease. 

Create Habitat: Plant native trees, shrubs, and flowers in your yard to provide food, shelter, and nesting sites for migrating birds. Consider including species that produce berries, fruits, and seeds favored by birds. 

Reduce Pesticide Use: Minimize or eliminate the use of pesticides and herbicides in your yard, as they can harm birds directly or reduce their food sources by killing insects. 

Prevent Collisions: Place bird decals or window screens on windows to prevent birds from colliding with glass surfaces, which can be especially hazardous during migration when birds are on the move. 

Monitor Your Pets: Keep cats indoors or supervised when they are outside, especially during migration season. Outdoor cats are a significant threat to birds, particularly fledglings and weakened migrants. 

Join Citizen Science Projects: Participate in bird monitoring and conservation efforts by joining citizen science projects such as eBird or Project FeederWatch. Your observations can contribute valuable data to researchers studying bird migration patterns and populations. 

Support Conservation Organizations: Donate to or volunteer with organizations dedicated to bird conservation and habitat protection. These groups work to preserve critical stopover sites and breeding grounds for migratory birds.