We call this the month of transition. "Winter" visitors are leaving and "Spring' migrants will be begin to show up in Tennessee. I encourage each of you to get out and enjoy the warmer days and welcome new life!
It's still not too late for YOU to think about what you can do for Tennessee's wildlife and for conservation in our State:
Buy shade grown organic coffee for instance. Study after study has proven that coffee beans grown on these vincas outshines sun-grown coffee in terms of increased numbers of birds, improved habitat, soil pro- tection and erosion control, carbon sequestration, natural pest control and improved pollination.
Make your windows safer, day and night. Turn off lights at night and explore options like window tape and ‘zen curtains’ to keep birds from flying into the reflection of the foliage in your windows in the daytime. You can see some of these options and learn more when visiting Shelby Bottoms Nature Center in Nashville.
Keep cats indoors. It’s better for your cat and helps prevent need- less killings of birds, amphibians and reptiles.
Lend your eyes and ears. Citizen science is an indispensable tool for monitoring our environment. Your observations along with those scattered across the globe provide valuable data. Find a project and volun- teer to participate in it.
Help a child discover birds and forge a lifelong connection with nature. TOS and TWRA has a wonderful resource with our own Discover Bird Activity Books. https://tnbirds.org/education/ They’re free of charge and a great resource. Ask me about how you can get them for a child in your life.