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A swallow flies forward in a field of flowers, while another perches atop a nestbox nearby.

Illustration by Vera Ting / Bartels Science Illustrator 2023

Turn Your Landscape Into an Insect Buffet for Birds!

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Birds that depend primarily upon flying insects for their prey are Aerial insectivores. Included in this group are species such as swallows, martins, swifts, flycatchers and nightjars. Over the past 30 years, populations of many aerial insectivores have declined, and the cause remains unknown. However, scientists hypothesize that it may be partly linked to declines of some insects on which these birds depend.

This beautiful and informative short guide illustrates some simple steps you can take to support more aerial insectivores by creating an insect buffet in your own outdoor space. Enjoy the benefits of graceful birds and natural insect control when you attract and invite more bug-eating birds to feed and nest nearby.

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