Conservation

Bird-Friendly Communities

Photo: Camilla Cerea

Backyards As the First Line of Defense

Typically, human communities are tough on birds.  Food is scarce.  Artificial lights scramble their migrations.  Glass surfaces prove fatal.  But now, there’s hope.  Across the country, eco-gardeners, proactive citizens, and enlightened public officials are creating “bird-friendly communities.”  With cities and suburbs occupying 10 to 15 percent of South Carolina’s land area – and growing – it’s time for us to join in.

Here’s what Audubon South Carolina and its members are doing to make a difference: