Thank you Audubon NY for the wonderful review of The Great Healthy Yard Project! The same things that harm birds harm our children and ourselves, so protecting our birds is also protecting our families. First step: stop using synthetic pesticides, weedkillers and fertilizers in your yard and garden so they don’t wind up on your children or pets or in your drinking water. Next step, try Audubon’s native plant data base to help you choose native plants that will attract birds in your area to your yard and nourish them. These native plants don’t need chemicals to thrive.
And since water is a shared resource it is so important to get your friends and neighbors to stop using chemicals and start using native plants, too.
I pledge to take care of my yard without synthetic pesticides, weedkillers and fertilizers except on rare occasions to resolve an infestation or to improve habitat for native plants and wildlife. I also pledge not to throw pharmaceuticals or chemicals down my drains or toilets.