Tag Archives: Year of the Bird

2018: Year of the Bird

2018 is the Year of the Bird.
Migratory birds play a critical role in our ecosystems. They pollinate plants, disperse seeds, and eat insects, acting as a natural control of garden and agricultural pests and rodents. In order to protect migratory birds, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA)1 was implemented 100 years ago today on July 3, 1918. It has been amended several times since its inception. Continue reading

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For the Birds, Butterflies, and Hummingbirds

Creating Inviting Habitats – this Virginia Cooperative Extension publication examines the habitat requirements for butterflies and birds common to our local area. In fact, most of the plants and wildlife were photographed in Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax, Virginia. Creating Inviting Habitats is especially relevant during National Pollinator Week — June 18–24 — as well as in the 100th year of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Continue reading

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