Billy the Bird Visits the City
Written by Anna Hartwick and illustrated by Jesi Humphreys, Billy the Bird Visits the City follows Billy the Western Tanager on a journey to find his friend, Mallory. However, the journey isn't easy, and Billy faces cats, windows, and cars along the way!
This book was developed to introduce the obstacles birds face to kids in a fun, engaging format. It includes Discussion Questions at the end to reiterate the main takeaways. To purchase a copy, please link here.
Anna and her team conducted three presentations as part of her Gold Award. The corresponding handouts can be found at the Resources page (here). Here are the descriptions of each presentation:
The Top Two Threats to Bird: Cats and Windows
There are many human-related threats to birds. However, which threats are the largest? And how can everyday people, not just organizations and businesses, help? Join us to learn the statistics and the why behind windows and cats, the biggest threats to birds outside of habitat loss. Come and learn the ways cats and birds can coexist in a healthy relationship for both animals and inexpensive ways to deter bird-window collisions at your home.
The B's: Birdhouses, Birdbaths, and Bird-Friendly Backyards
As you may or may not know, there are many misconceptions about what a proper, functional birdhouse or bath looks like. There is a strict line between decorations and what actually works for birds—if you’re not sure where that line falls, come join us to learn! This presentation will also touch on other aspects of bird-friendly backyards, such as bird feeders and bird foods.
Why Should We Plant Native?
Most people have heard that they should plant native. And if someone were asked why, they should probably respond, “Because it’s good for the environment.” However, that answer doesn’t expand on the role native plants play in supporting complex natural systems—because it’s much more than that! Come learn about ecosystems, all the advantages native plants have, and the damage invasive species wreak.
Work With Denver Zoo
Anna tentively planned on "bird-proofing" some windows in the community—she wanted to, but she didn't know how realistic it was. Fortunately, her team and her were able to at the Denver Zoo! They applied CollidEscape Birdtape to 8 windows.
For anyone planning on using birdtape themselves, the team learned some valuable lessons. First, it's important to measure the windows and develop a plan, and this will take more birdtape than you think! Applying birdtape in straight lines can be tricky. Use painter's tape to mark how far you want the birdtape apart, and use two pieces of that tape to mark the beginning and end of the birdtape. Lastly, it helps greatly to have a 3 inch ruler!