If you are a person who has ever gone outside, you have probably noticed that birds are absolutely everywhere. Have you ever looked at them and wondered what exactly they do for the ecosystem?
Aaron Umen is a tennis player, coach, and dedicated volunteer. Since 2016, Umen has supported the World Bird Sanctuary as a Lower Site Volunteer. World Bird Sanctuary is a 305 acre reserve that houses and rehabilitates birds and other species who are threatened by extinction. As someone who cares about birds, Umen shares why birds are so important for our environment.
- Many birds feed on insects, and by doing so they keep the bug population under control.
- Birds eat and disperse seeds when they travel. Doing so helps to diversify and strengthen the ecosystem.
- Plants rely on pollinators to keep the species going. Much like beeds, birds also play a huge role in pollinating plants. Without them, many plant species owuld go extinct.
- Scavenger birds eat dead animals, which can help prevent the spread of disease.
- At the end of the day, birds are a link in the food chain. If one link in this delicate chain were to be missing, the entire ecystem could fall apart.