Indiana Bird Town
In 2016, the City of Carmel will apply for Indiana Bird Town certification. Carmel is committed to protecting environmentally sensitive areas and wildlife habitats to promote the quality of the natural ecosystem as well as for livability, environmental health, and economic development. One of Carmel’s many parks, Central Park, offers 161 acres of mixed hardwood forest, prairieland and wetland along with informational nesting bird signage.
“Cats Indoors” Program
Outdoor domestic cats are recognized as a threat to global biodiversity. The American Bird Conservancy estimates that cats have contributed to the extinction of 33 species and continue to adversely impact a wide variety of other species. The ecological dangers are so critical that the International Union for the Conservation of Nature lists domestic cats as one of the world’s worst non-native invasive species. A study released by The Wildlife Society and the American Bird Conservancy suggests that nearly one-third of free-roaming house cats are capturing and killing wildlife, reports the Wildlife Management Institute. The American Bird Conservancy estimates that domestic cats kill 2.4 billion birds a year in the United States alone.
For more information:
- Cats Indoors! Better for Cats, Better for Birds, Better for People: on the American Bird Conservancy website
- Trap, Neuter, Release: on the American Bird Conservancy website
- Trap, Neuter, and Release: Bad for Cats, Disaster for Birds: American Bird Conservancy video
- Outdoor Cats and Diseases: on the American Bird Conservancy website
- Indoor Cats vs. Outdoor Cats: on the American Humane Association website
Protecting Birds from Window Strikes
Up to one billion birds are killed each year from window collisions. The average home has two window strikes per year. There are many strategies a home owner can do to protect birds from window strikes.
- Make Your Windows Bird-Safe: on the Humane Society website
Creating Backyard Habitats for Birds
Creating a backyard habitat for birds is an important aspect of our local wildlife environment. Sanford University estimated that 10% of all bird species may be extinct by 2100, because of the many challenges birds face. There are a number of ways to attract birds to your backyard, including planting native plants to providing safe havens for them to eat, drink and nest. Providing water year-round with a birdbath is a great way to start a backyard habitat for birds.
- How to Create a Bird-Friendly Yard: on the Audubon website