Exploring Nature: ‘Year of the Bird’

At one time, the plumes of the snowy egret were in great demand, this reduced the population of the species to dangerously low levels. Now protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, this bird’s population has rebounded. PHOTO BY PAUL VANDERWERF

Want to help birds have a happy, healthy life? Want to help make 2018 truly “The Year of the Bird”?

Well, there are lots of things you can do, but the first requirement is simply wanting to. After all, this is also the Chinese “Year of the Dog” and your loyalties may be split.

More than 50 organizations, including National Geographic, Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, will be celebrating 2018 as the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This was significant legislation offering protection to all birds in our country.

If you’d like to do your part in helping birds, visit BirdYourWorld.org and take the Year of the Bird Pledge. You’ll receive a free monthly e-mail message suggesting a simple step you can take to help birds.

I recently visited the site and took the pledge; now I’m waiting to see what messages I’ll receive.

One other suggestion – join a birding group in your area to learn more about these fascinating flying feathers. One I highly recommend is the Wimberley Birding Society, which meets quarterly in the Wimberley Community Center and offers great speakers and many worthwhile trips, both local and worldwide. The website is wimbirds.org and dues are a paltry $5 a year – the best bargain in birding.

San Marcos Daily Record

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