Many birds are becoming endangered species rapidly due to a range of different threats. The leading threat is deforestation. According to the WWF, the world is losing 18.7 million acres of forests annually. This is equal to 27 soccer fields every minute1.
Due to deforestation, lack of food sources for birds, birds move to more urbanised areas to look for food and safe places to nest.
For example, the house sparrow2 has always lived comfortably around humans in populated areas. However, today they are on the red list of endangered birds due to a lack of nesting places and food sources. As a result birds will often migrate to urbanised/populated areas to find food.
Why should we protect endangered birds?
It is important to protect these endangered birds because they help with ecological balance by eating mosquitoes and pollinating plants3. This helps to retain a healthy ecosystem, when a species becomes endangered, it is an indication that the ecosystem is slowly falling apart. Any species that becomes endangered inhibits the loss of other species within its ecosystem.
This will change the lives of endangered species forever
As a result of the loss of bird species and the importance of maintaining a healthy ecosystem, facilities are creating a green area on top of their buildings in order to accommodate the endangered birds that are experiencing habitat loss. These are called urban green roofs or urbanised roofs. The largest green roof located in Manhattan, New York has encountered over 25 different species of birds4. The implementation of the green roofs in urbanised areas is providing the endangered birds with safer places to perch and nest. This insures security to the house sparrows and creates a chance for birds and humans to live together in harmony.
New technologies are saving birds
These days, companies and organizations are responsible for operating in a more ecological and sustainable way. A lot of governments around the world already have a series of laws that protect endangered bird species. Therefore, many companies and organizations are searching for bird control solutions that prevent harm to birds. This is similar to how urbanised roofs are helping to protect endangered bird species in populated areas.
Birds are one of the leading pests in damaging crops. This strongly puts them at risk of being shot or scared away in an inhumane way. Many farmers are trying to find safer ways to protect their crops without killing or harming birds. Bird Control Group is a Dutch-based company, that solves bird problems with laser bird repellents at a multitude of applications, such commercial and industrial sites, agriculture, recreational sites and many more all around the world. Bird Control Group offers handheld and automated laser bird repellents. AVIX Autonomic is the automated laser bird repellent that scares birds away 24/7 in a cost-efficient and environmentally friendly manner, without causing harm to people and birds.
The laser bird deterrent automatically moves a green laser across the area that birds are present, birds perceive the green laser as a physical threat and will avoid the area. The laser has been widely deployed in more than 90 countries to help farmers protect their crops from bird damage, as well as get rid of birds from commercial and industrial sites before the nesting seasons. Results have shown that after only a couple months, the laser has proved to be effective in reducing bird numbers by more than 70%.
- Worldwildlife, https://www.worldwildlife.org/threats/deforestation-and-forest-degradation
- Journal of Biodiversity & Endangered Species, 2014, https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/the-house-sparrow-is-homeless-a-small-attempt-to-conservation-2332-2543.1000124.php?aid=25984