Pesticides kill Birds and other Wildlife

It’s frightening how stupid and uneducated people still are in regards to pesticides :(.But this stupidities explain parts of why nature has and is being destructed on such a large scale.)

This is a article from Audubon Society of Rhode Island

http://www.asri.org/

So, I was checking my voicemail this morning and there was one from a caller who said that she had her trees sprayed for caterpillars – trees occupied by three bird feeders – and now, she is upset that there are no birds at all for her to watch. She wonders if the spray could possibly have something to do with it. (Yes, spraying pesticides on your trees will have an effect on the songbirds.) It is not uncommon for us to get inquiries such as these, and it is with great frustration and sadness that we often are faced with educating people after the damage has been done. So, please let me take a moment to reach out to our Facebook friends and family and be proactive about this topic. All pesticides are designed to kill. Some are very targeted, such as B. T. (Bacillus thuringiensis) which primarily affects Lepidopterans (moths and butterflies), but most pesticides are broad and indiscriminate. When you make the choice to treat your house or landscape with rodenticides or grub treatment or mosquito foggers or any other pesticide treatment, you have an intent of ridding yourself of a specific creature that you find distasteful. However, nothing in nature exists in a vacuum. Everything is connected. When you affect one population, it has a ripple effect across the populations that depend upon and coexist with it. When you spray insecticide, for instance, it does not just kill the ‘bugs’ you don’t like, but kills all insects, including honeybees, butterflies and ladybugs. Likewise, when you spray, the insects do not simply disappear off the face of the earth. Many live a short time before they perish. In this time, they may be consumed by natural predators, like songbirds, small mammals and other insects. Pesticides may have a direct toxicity to these animals or may build up in their fat or blood and cause illness or death over time. Even so-called “green” chemicals are still intended to kill, and though they may be derived from natural sources or biodegrade quickly, they are still highly toxic to you and other organisms.

Friends, it is so very important in this day and age, with the steady decline of bird populations and the utter devastation of pollinator populations that we humans take a serious, proactive look at the choices we make and the practices we support – either directly or indirectly. It is vital that we do not go blindly into the world, but make ourselves informed and educated about products and practices and about science, industry and nature. Here at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, we very much want to help people become educated and able to make informed choices. We are here to answer your questions and point you in the direction of reliable and scientifically accurate information. But we also encourage you to think and question BEFORE you act. Your actions have consequences. Thanks for listening!

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(Photo Credit http://www.yorku.ca/bstutch/research.htm)

Tree Planting for birds

Planting 2.25 million native trees across key sites in Central and South America as well as Hawai’i in 2010, ABC and partner groups and communities accelerated a ‪reforestation‬ effort begun in 2001. This work helped expand endangered Polylepis forests in the highlands of southern ‪Peru‬ (pictured) providing critical habitat for many ‪birds‬. ‪20YearsofABC‬

http://www.abcbirds.org/

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DIY Bird Bath Ideas

A very cool idea how to make a easy and nice looking bird bath 🙂

http://www.sadieseasongoods.com/thrifted-glass-lid-hanging-bird-bath/

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And here is another idea and what to focus on:

https://www.audubon.org/news/how-make-birdbath

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American Goldfinch. Photo: Linda Freshwaters Arndt/Alamy

More ideas (click on each image and you will get the instructions how to do it:

http://www.birdsandblooms.com/backyard-projects/diy-bird-bath/

Why Birds should never be caged

For many people the bird is a symbol of a higher freedom we long for. We dream of being like a bird, to ‘soar like an eagle’, ‘be free as a bird’ and have ‘wings like a dove’. We have a wishful envy of the bird’s ability to seemingly fly away from everyday troubles.

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/issues/caged_birds.php

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Birds have fundamental rights- can’t be caged

Birds Have Fundamental Rights, Can’t Be Kept in Cages, Says Court

Great and intelligent court decision.The court staff understands nature :).We need more of this kind and a future without caged birds who usually live in the wild, one day (once the rescue centers are empty. )

http://m.huffpost.com/in/entry/7299614

ERBIL, IRAQ - DECEMBER 08:  A bird belonging to An Iraqi Christian, who fled from his home because of Islamic State's advance earlier this year, looks from its cage in the entrance hall of the unfinished Ankawa Shopping Mall which is now home to hundreds of displaced people on December 8, 2014 in Erbil, Iraq. Although the autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq was already a refuge for an estimated 250,000 Syrian refugees, since the Islamic State began its onslaught on Iraq in June, Kurdistan has also taken in a more than one and a half million displaced people. Many have been placed in purpose-built refugee camps but the huge numbers mean thousands of others are forced to live in un-finished buildings or inadequate, makeshift shelters and as winter in the region closes in, there are growing concerns for the welfare of the refugees who, while their homes are still in ISIL controlled territory, have no realistic prospect of returning to them.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
(Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

African Grey Poaching

Groups of men trap African Grey Parrots parrots by using a couple of cruel methods.Here are two of the most common.

First method:

-Setting a net flat on the ground with a favorable food on top as bait. The poachers wait until there is as much Grey’s on the net as possible and then close the net. Once it is closed, the birds are very tightly squeezed together making it hard to move around. When the parrots try to escape, they end up harming, or worse, killing each other with their beaks or talons. Some die hours later from wounds or stress. 

 

Second Method:

– the poachers use it called the glue method. In the glue method, the poachers soak some tree branches in a tar-like looking glue or dip sticks into the glue that the parrots may land on. When their wings hit the glue, it dries almost instantly taking away their ability to fly, hence making it easier to capture.

 

 

After having caight the birds trapped they are being put into cages at the poachers camps. They let the parrots feed off of nothing but corn meal and water. It is this cruel poaching that leads to the illegal trade. Once trapped, the African Grey’s are then shipped illegally to other lands such as: Europe, US, and Middle East.

 

http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-news/2012/07/25/world-parrot-trust-african-grey-trade.aspx

 

 

http://www.slate.com/blogs/wild_things/2013/11/13/african_grey_parrot_release_jane_goodall_and_world_parrot_trust.html

 

 

Wild African Grey Parrots destined to be used as breeding stock for the pet bird trade. Photo: World Parrot Trust.

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