Swallows & Martins
It's a satisfying feeling to fill the bird feeders in our backyardsseed for the cardinals, blue jays, and tufted titmice; suet for the woodpeckers; thistle for the finches. And the birdbaths as well. That clean water and readily available nourishment can make all the difference to our backyard birds in a much-altered environment. As beneficial as such actions are, however, many of us yearn to do more for birds. Fortunately, there are many things we can do in our daily lives to make a difference for them.
For two decades, development of a four-lane highway loop around Lawrence, Kansas, has been closing in on the place where BWD contributor Dave McDermott looks for birds in the morning and evening. Read more about the land development project and the efforts to mitigate its impact.
In the past 20 years, more than 1 million acres in Appalachia have been destroyed by mountaintop removal (MTR) mining. Author, artist, and contributor Julie Zickefoose discusses the environmental impact and threat posed to one of West Virginia's treasures, the cerulean warbler.