Limit Dangerous Threats
Keep Cats Indoors
In the United States alone, outdoor cats kill approximately 2.4 billion birds every year. Although this number may seem unbelievable, it represents the combined impact of tens of millions of outdoor cats. Each outdoor cat plays a part.
The City of Houston currently promotes the Trap, Neuter, Return program, which does not address the threat of cats to birds. We support the American Bird Conservancy’s Cats Indoor initiative: Learn more.
Avoid Window Strikes
Windows on homes, office buildings, and high rises have glass that reflects the trees and surroundings, creating images that look like inviting places for bird to fly. It is estimated that up to one billion birds die in the US every year due to window strikes. The good news is that materials such as bird-friendly glass are becoming more effective and available.
Avoid Threats to Migratory Birds
Practices that help migratory birds also help resident birds. These include lights out efforts, bird-safe building design, and thoughtful urban planning.