Protecting Endangered Species With Habitat Help
One way that humans can help endangered bird species is by providing protected shelter. Most bird species are very hardy when they have a safe place to live and raise their young, so providing shelter for them can be a great way to help protect these animals.
Endangered Bird Species
While the bald eagle is arguably the most famous endangered bird species, there are more than 150 birds listed as “critically endangered” worldwide by BirdLife International. There are 33 species listed by the state of California alone as threatened or endangered. In order for a bird to be listed as threatened or endangered, scientists must evaluate the number of young that are produced yearly and other factors such as destruction of habitat.
Many species are endangered due to loss of habitat. As safe nesting places disappear due to the encroachment of civilization, not only do the birds lose their homes but they may also experience major losses of food sources. This means that birds cannot find places to raise their young or to feed themselves while they attempt to nest. Ultimately, birds begin to die off, threatening the very existence of the species in question.
How Can I Help?
It is important to remember that any large-scale attempts to reclaim species or help them overcome habitat loss should be done under the direction of professionals. Humans can actually do more harm than good with uncontrolled or poorly planned rescue attempts. However, providing safe habitat for one barn owl family is a great way to maintain their presence in your neighborhood without upsetting the balance of nature.
Barn owls feed on rodents, so they provide natural pest control for the homeowner and make the use of dangerous chemicals unnecessary. This has a ripple effect on the environment: because the homeowner does not have to use poisons to control rodents, the animals do not carry these poisons to other animals who feed on them. This prevents the introduction of these chemicals into the environment on a basic level.
Barn owls are nature’s rodent control method, and providing a safe habitat for them not only keeps pesticides out of the life cycle but also helps maintain a healthy balance between predator and prey in a small area. Barn Owl Boxes are a great way to take part in the effort to help barn owls and other birds avoid endangerment.
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