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It’s National Bird Day!
I don’t know much about birds but I do know they are so pretty and, obviously, important enough to have their own day!
Surely, everyone has their favorite type of bird. My favorite is the Great-Horned Owl. I never thought I would get the opportunity to see one up close and personal but I did! A friend of mine saved him from the side of the road after being hit by a car (and not by my friend’s car). He called the Game Warden who gave him the contact info for a local wildlife rehabilitator who was so sweet and good with that beautiful boy. I wanted to keep him but apparently that’s frowned upon (*eye roll*)… or illegal.. or whatever. However, I knew he was in good hands with her.
According to www.environmentalscience.org:
“The Value of Birds
Birds are present throughout almost every habitat across the globe. No matter where you go, there is always evidence of birds even if you don’t see the animals themselves. Things like holes pecked in tree bark by woodpeckers or the remnants of a nest are indicative of the presence of birds.
While such marks left behind by these animals may seem insignificant, in many cases the activities of birds can have large consequences for the ecosystems they inhabit, making them incredibly important in the overall functioning of various ecosystems.
By contributing in such an important way to ecosystem health, birds can provide a number of direct benefits to humans. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, a study initiated by the United Nations, coined the term “ecosystem services” to describe these kinds of services.
According to this panel, ecosystem services fall into four broadly defined categories and as we survey the diversity of birds across the globe, we find many ways in which the activities of birds provide services in each one of these.”
Random side note:
One thing I remember well about my Grandmother is that she was an avid bird watcher… She could tell you the type of bird just from their sounds.
Seeing how important birds are to our environment, I researched the different foundations that help and rehabilitate birds and found this awesome organization. So many of the different associations need help in many different ways so if you’re interested in helping, you should check some out! Doing this sort of thing always makes my heart happy 🙂
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