Birds perched in a tree
Birds are an important — and highly visible — part of the ecosystem. Bird watching is one of the fastest growing recreational activities in the United States, generating sizable economic benefits. An estimated 63 million Americans feed birds at home, and more than 24 million travel to watch birds.
Birds are important ecologically as well as economically. They are vital links in many food webs, and often serve as biological indicators of overall ecosystem health. There are numerous organizations that work toward bird conservation. Through activities such as wetlands protection, coastal management, protection of aquatic resources and regulation of pesticides, government organizations and special interest groups contribute to the conservation of birds and their habitats. (Source: EPA / Photo: Flickr)

10 stunning hummingbirds of Ecuador

Hornbill gets second chance at life with 3D-printed prosthetic

A homemade hummingbird nectar recipe guaranteed to please

11 magnificent migratory birds

How fake chimneys can help save birds

Cities say 'lights out' to help migrating birds

Why was Rome invaded by seagulls?

Fluffy California condor chick is a clumsy but adorable ambassador of hope for the species

These 8 bird species are the first to be declared extinct this decade

Easy homemade suet cakes for backyard birds

Don't be jealous, but this couple has a blue jay friend named Henry

Stunning images focus on birds at their finest