The Red-headed Woodpecker, Melanerpes erythrocephalus, is rated as near threatened on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Red List of Endangered species. Photo by Mdf Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0  

Part of enjoying wild birds is helping to make sure they’re still here for future generations. This may mean taking part in annual bird counts, creating habitat on your property, discouraging invasive species, making sure the birds you love get enough to eat in winter or even making a donation to a bird conservation group. Whatever your choice, be sure to give a little something back for all the joy you get from birds!