SAVING OUR BIRDS


How are birds dying from lack of human awareness?

What this Section Covers



Glass     |     Lead     |     Rat Poison



GLASS
Millions and millions of birds die annually from flying into glass windows and deck glass.
If at all possible, if you are building or renovating or know someone who is please think about installing bird proof glass which has lines through it. Fabulous information can be found here:

https://abcbirds.org/get-involved/bird-smart-glass/
https://www.flap.org/bird-safe-buildings/

These lines cannot be seen by the human eye, but they are definitely seen by the birds.   Decals may also be used which are less expensive but perhaps not as appealing to the human eye or building structure.  More sources of information can be found here:

https://www.collidescape.org/
https://www.conveniencegroup.com/featherfriendly/feather-friendly

What we have used actually, is strings of amber (orange) beads hooked onto the window by self-adhesive plastic suction cups. They look fabulous to the eye and can be taken down in the Winter time. We have placed the strings 5cm apart. Very effective – no more bird strikes!!! :)

These sites referenced above also explain in depth how we are all impacting our bird population based on where we choose to place our structures and the building materials selected.


LEAD
Something I was not aware of was the amount of damage being done by people using lead bullets [I wish I did not have to write this word], lead sinkers, hooks etc.  This debris which is left in our waterways from fishermen and in carcasses left by humans is being ingested by our birds, specifically the eagles and the owls.  It is said on the Owlrehab.org website that,
"It only takes a fragment the size of rice to poison or kill an eagle"
So much damage being done which could be easily avoided.

Please read more here:
https://www.owlrehab.org/dangers/lead-poison/
https://www.owlrehab.org/lead-poisoned-eagles-in-care/

And some other websites educating people about hunting without lead:
http://www.huntingwithnonlead.org/
http://www.leadfreehunting.com/
http://bosstin.com/


RAT POISON
All poison kills more than the targeted species.  It also leaches into our water systems and destroys other wildlife.  It is toxic for all of us and we should all be looking after the planet and its creatures. 
It also does not work!
If you have a problem, there is always a non- toxic solution which does not mean hurting another being.

https://www.raptorsarethesolution.org/
http://www.barnowlsbc.ca/raptor-rodenticide-project.html l
http://saferodentcontrol.org/site/