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I died today

I died today.
I was found by a kind, sweet woman who does wildlife rescue.
I was so sick, I could barely open my eyes.
She took me inside, cradling me in her warm arms, and made me warm and comfortable.
I opened my eyes and looked at her and thanked her for making my last few minutes as comfortable as possible.
But i was too sick to keep fighting anymore.
I had eaten a mouse that was poisoned, and it made me very sick.
I closed my yellow eyes for the last time and went somewhere else.
Please, all I ask is never use poison to kill the mice.
Poison kills owls, like me.
All I wanted was a mouse for dinner.
I died today….

“Stop the use of poison for rats or mice. Live traps are the best to use. Catch and release.
Please.
Save a precious life today, because all life is precious.”

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It is a heart breaking story isn’t it?
I think everyone who lives in a modern town or city or a modern farm has come accross a mouse or rat problem at some point in their life.
A cat is no good, because it is a non native predator (only native to parts of greece and the middle east) and being far too destructive towards nature as one of the most skilled hunters (it will kill anything-bird chicks in nests are preferred) and endangers the health of its keeper/s, other cats, sea mammals, all other wildlife, dogs and other people who can come in contact in some way or another with her feces. (Because a cat is the only animal which transfers the Occyst of the Taxoplasmosis Gondii parasite -of which we have just begun to grasp the dimensions of infected humans and sea life (which has begun to die due the parasite which gets washed into the ground water with the rain where it reaches the oceans.And free roaming and feral cats on beaches do the rest.) So a cat is a no, no- plus the majority of cats is utterly useless to hunt rats, not to mention that the wildlife price we pay is too high, as mentioned above and which can be researcherd.

Life cage traps for rats, such as sold by a company called ‘Trap man’ are very effective (I have used them myself at a location once and caught a rat every single day for a period of several month.I have to mention that the same area was not only infested with rats but also infested with 17 free roaming cats who’d rather opened the garbage bags or went after birds. )
My neighbor then killed them for me and recycled them in the woods as food for the foxes and badgers. (The trap was always dripping wet and clean when he brought it back. ..)
And for mice who came in the house or settled their home with the rats  in the shed and in the garage I used a good old snap trap and left them in a corner in the garden where foxes or badgers picked them up over night.

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Positioning of bird feeders

Make sure that a feeder is far away from cat crouching areas. Some birds like to forage for the food that has fallen on the ground.

It can help a lot to.improve the safety of yhe birds by cutting the foliage of bushes and scrubs around the the ground where cats can hide in or behind. Make it a rule to cut them.in the way that ‘if I can see a cat clearly clearly so can a birds’.

http://birding.about.com/od/birdfeeders/a/Bird-Feeder-Placement.htm

But birds colliding with windows  is another problem that causes bird death.

Here are some more ideas from.the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:

‎Position feeders to reduce the likelihood of window collisions, which take the lives of up to 1 billion birds in the U.S. each year. Learn more from our friends at Cornell Lab of Ornithology:

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/page.aspx?pid=1182

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Which Bird Which plant (by Yardmap)

This is a great link to find out what certain birds eat and therfore to plant certain plants in your garden or to support them with Insect hotels. ..Here are some ideas for insect hotels:

http://karinsnatureblog.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/how-to-make-a-bee-hotel/

Which bird which plant:

http://content.yardmap.org/learn/which-birds-which-plants/

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Why spiders are useful for birds

Spiders are important for biodiversity…They act as pest control, disease prevention and as food supply for others.Sadly many people are afraid of them as they have too many legs, can run quickly or come down from the ceiling on a silk threat etc…

Please do not kill them but catch them.with a glass and by closing it with  a paper, envelope or a postcard and release them outside if you don’t like them indoors. Some  spiders live through the winter so make sure to put them inside your shed or the loft until spring time as otherwise their fragile bodies can freeze outdoors- hence they seek shelter in the warmth of your home.

Read more about how birds use spiders as a pest control for their nests..

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/citsci/slideshow/2014/10/along-came-a-spider/

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