2018 Year of the Bird Newsletters

2018 was the Year of the Bird! We send out an additional mailing each month focused on an activity that you can do to help save birds. See the December issue for ways to continue the focus and make ANY year the Year of the Bird!


Year of the Bird - December 2018

The Year of the Bird theme for December is about thanks – for planting native plants, avoiding plastic, participating in community science, making your home bird friendly, or any of the other ways you have made a difference over the past year. And it need not stop with 2018!

Year of the Bird - November 2018

Your November action is to capture the beauty of birds through pictures. Go on an assignment with National Geographic Your Shot and share your photography to tell the story of the birds in your world. Also: Minnesota Sports Stadiums Take Very Different Approaches to Bird Safety; The Secret Lives of Totally Hammered Birds.

Year of the Bird - October 2018

October 6 is Global Big Day. Did you know World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated in both May and October? You can help biologists outside the U.S. get much-needed binoculars. And welcome back, Canada Jay!

Year of the Bird - September 2018

Reducing collisions to help migrating birds. Migrating birds face numerous threats. Glass poses one of the most deadly threats to resident and migratory birds and artificial night time lighting can interfere with night migrating birds, disorient them, and draw them off course. There are numerous solutions that can reduce bird moralities related to glass and building lighting that you can implement easily and inexpensively.

Year of the Bird - August 2018

It's easy to explore local birding hotspots! There is no need to travel far: explore recreational trails, city parks, state parks, wildlife refuges, and forests, seashores and other sanctuaries practically in your own backyard. Included in this issue is information about the new Maryland/DC Birding Trail!

Year of the Bird - July 2018

TAKE A CHILD INTO NATURE. Build their love for wild animals and landscapes. A single encounter can spark a lifelong passion. In this issue: How to Get Kids Hooked on Birding; 7 Crafts To Get Kids Into Birding: from Easy to Expert; 5 Tips for Fun Field Trips; The Biggest Bird That Ever Lived and 5 More Bird Superstars

Year of the Bird - June 2018

PLANET or PLASTIC? Reduce single-use plastic by saying no to plastic bags, straws, and bottles, and commit to recycling to save seabirds and other wildlife from ingesting the trash that pollutes our oceans. This year's World Environment Day theme also raises the awareness about the impact of plastics to our environment: "Beat Plastic Pollution: If you can't reuse it, refuse it".

Year of the Bird - May 2018

Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day! In 2018, Environment for the Americas (EFTA) joins the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) to create a single, global bird conservation education campaign, World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) to celebrate and bring attention to one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas – bird migration.

Year of the Bird - April 2018

Celebrate the Migratory Bird Treaty Act - passed in 1918, it is one of the oldest wildlife protection laws on the books. And learn why drinking shade-grown coffee is not just a tastier choice, but also good for birds and coffee farmers.

Year of the Bird - March 2018

This month, what's the best way to help birds? Grow native plants! Landscaped with native species, your yard, garden, patio, or balcony becomes a vital recharging station for birds passing through and a sanctuary for nesting birds. Here are a few tips to become more native!

Year of the Bird - February 2018

Get out (or stay in) and count birds this month! From the Great Backyard Bird Count to the Maryland Bald Eagle Nest Monitoring Program, you can get involved and help document bird populations.

Year of the Bird - January 2018

2018 marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. Please join MBCP in celebrating 2018 as the Year of the Bird as we commit to protecting birds today and for the next hundred years.