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Go Green

You can help save your bird’s natural habitat — and your own — with a few environmentally friendly choices

By Rebecca Sweat

With unusually warm winters in recent years and some of the driest growing seasons on record, global warming and climate change looms at the front of almost everyone’s mind. The Earth also faces a plethora of other environmental problems, such as air and water pollution, overflowing landfills, depletion of natural resources, water shortages, habitat loss and degradation, and mass extinction of plant and animal species.

To some, the state of the environment might seem like a hopeless situation, a problem almost too huge to fix. But that doesn’t have to be the case, according to Donald Brightsmith, Ph.D., a faculty member at the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center at Texas A&M University and director of the Tambopata Macaw Project in Peru. “These are all environmental trends that can be reversed,” he said, and everyone can play a part.

Some people choose to carpool or drive a fuel-efficient car. Many others recycle, cut down on electricity use, or turn off the tap to avoid wasting water. Bird owners, too, can go green in their everyday life.

**For the full article, pick up the April issue of BIRD TALK**

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