Part of the fun of the holiday season is putting up the outdoor decorations, but the National Audubon Society says to consider some bird-friendly decorations.
They suggest using native plants in your wreaths and garlands, incorporating things like mistletoe or winterberry.
Among the items they say are on the don’t list:
- Fake garlands, especially those with fake berries, that birds might mistake for the real thing.
- Ornaments with strings, wires or netting over decorations, which could entangle wildlife.
- Trees wrapped in tiny lights from the trunk to the branches. It may be beautiful to look at but, according to the Audubon Society, birds may get trapped in those wires.
On the list of bird-friendly items: native plants and decals on your windows. They come in a variety of sizes and patterns, and help prevent collisions that kill millions of birds each year.
And if you want to enjoy the presence of birds all year long, consider native plants and trees in your yard as well.