There are many ways you can help preserve the precious environment we share with so many creatures.
 •  Nests are often well hidden. Check for nests before trimming trees, bushes, and shrubs so as not to disturb them.
  Limit use of insecticides and pesticides. They contaminate the environment entering the water and food supply of animals. Contaminated water run-off entering ponds can harm wildlife, especially birds. The fish consume the chemicals. A waterbird then eats the fish and becomes poisoned. Hawks and owls can eat contaminated rodents that have been poisoned.
  Pick up plastic bags. Animals may smell food in these bags, get tangled up and suffocate.
  Cut the circles out of the plastic rings used to carry soft drinks and other beverages. Animals can get their heads and body caught in these and as they get older their body grows into the ring.The result is starvation and/or strangulation.
  Fishing line. We have seen horrible injuries with fishing line involved. Birds can swallow hooks; fishing line becomes entangled in their legs, head, neck, and even their bodies. Pick up fishing line and dispose of properly. 
  Birds can nest in the most inconvenient spots around your home. Avoid disturbances and be patient. They will fledge, or leave the nest, around 3 – 5 weeks.
  We see many injuries involving a bird hitting a window. They don’t recognize that the glass is a solid object. There are several solutions such as hang streamers or a wind sock to deter the collision. Place silhouettes on the window. Attached stained glass ornaments to the window. You can even hang several CD’s that help break up the reflection.


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