DO NO HARM
This screech owl was found in a chimney and was covered with soot. We kept him a few days made sure he was waterproof and sent him back home. Always cap your chimney.
BASIC THINGS EVERYONE CAN DO TO PREVENT HARMING WILDLIFE...
Think globally, act locally.
You read and care about saving the rain forests in another part of the world, and yet we continue to pollute our own back yards and think nothing of it. If each and everyone of us would just take responsibility for our own actions, our own yards would be a much better place to live in.
1--Always make sure infant wildlife really needs you to intervene. Wild parents are not with the young all the time. Watch and observe before you take the young bird, or mammal away from its home territory.
2--Keep your cats and dogs with you, don't let them just run. Feral cats roaming kill some 39 million birds a year alone in Wisconsin. This figure is taken from, " Cats and Wildlife A Conservation Dilemma" Click here for complete document.
3--Educate your children to respect wild things. Children need to understand that wild birds are not pets and should not be taken from the nests and played with. They should also be taught not to take nests, eggs, or feathers from a bird. It is illegal to posses any of these items.
4--To avoid animals from nesting in your chimneys and vents put caps over them. Some of the animals that will use these places are raccoons, barred owls, kestrels, ducks, or any other cavity nester.
5--Make sure you don't litter. Some of things we throw away can harm wildlife and even cause death. They may include the plastic rings around six packs of pop, fishing line, sinkers, kite string, and even rubber bands like on this sandhill crane. The rubber stopped him/her from eating and drinking.
6--When you change your motor oil, make sure you dispose of the waste oil in a proper container. Left unattended a bird might get oiled from it. This is also true of anti-freeze, it tastes good and will kill the bird that gets into it.
7--When cutting down a tree, check first to see if some wild bird is nesting in it. Some nests are easy to see on the branches, but some will be in the holes in that tree. Dead trees provide many food sources and nesting opportunities for wild birds.
8--When driving through a wetland, or any rural area be more aware of wild animals. Animals do not realize the danger of an oncoming vehicle. Take the time to push a slow moving turtle off to the shoulder, rather than run it over. It too has a family to care for in the wild.
9--Lawns don't do wildlife any good. There are no places to hide their young or themselves. Plant native plants and let your yard become a haven for wild birds and mammals. Think before you put chemicals on you lawn, if they are not good for children and dogs, that same rule would apply to wild things also. The signs don't help, like stay off for so many hours, birds and mammals can't read.
10-Large windows can be marked so that birds realize that they cannot fly through them. Tie some streamers, or bird silhouettes on the glass surface, or even allow the glass to get a bit dirty. Reducing the reflection should cut down on birds who collide and often kill themselves in doing so.
11-Do not attempt to raise infant wildlife. It is illegal and wild things do not make good pets. For them being in captivity is very stressful. Young animals, birds or mammals, need to be raised with their own kind in order to survive in their world. They need to develop those survival skills and fear of humans to make it in the wild. In the wild world there are no shades of grey, only black and white, either you make it or you don't....there are no in-betweens.
12- Don't throw your old tires and lawnmowers into wetland waters, they do not go away. The gas and oil in a lawnmower will make the water unsafe for the wild things that come to drink. Be responsible and treat our land and water well, so our children have the same good quality in their lifetime.
13-When buying a gun for your children, remember to teach them how to use them and what not to shoot at. BB GUNS, BLOW GUNS, OR CO2 GUNS should never be used on living creatures for target practice. Birds have feelings just as we do.
14-Always remember to minimize your impact on our wild neighbors. The earth belongs to all of us....RESPECT ALL LIFE.
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