10 Ways People Can Protect Birds This SpringBirds migrating. Photo: © FWS
(Washington, D.C., March 31, 2010) "As warmer temperatures begin to arrive and we spend more time outdoors, we hear the many, familiar sounds of spring, including the songs of our returning migrant birds. At this time of year, American Bird Conservancy (ABC) often gets asked how people can help birds. Toward that end, ABC has identified the top ten things people can do to aid or protect declining birds in their homes and yards."
More at: http://www.abcbirds.org/newsandreports/stories/100331.html
Tell Animal Planet Not to Air Cruel and Illegal Pigeon Races
"The photo on the cover of PETA's recent Annual Review shows how loving and devoted pigeons are.
In fact, they could teach the "Moral Majority" a thing or two: They mate for life, and both parents share in the care and nurturing of their young. It's not their fault that they were stolen from the cliffs where they lived peacefully and plunked down in the U.S. They are symbols of peace, after all.
Pigeons are among the most maligned urban wildlife, and it's hard to understand why anyone can find fault with these beautiful, fascinating birds. People trap them, poison them, and even force them into endurance races so that the humans involved can win prizes and purses-as Mike Tyson will showcase in an upcoming TV program on Animal Planet called Taking on Tyson.
Pigeons who are penned up for racing-on rooftops or in backyards coops, as viewers will witness in Taking on Tyson-are deliberately put at risk. Taken hundreds of miles from their pens, the birds often struggle to survive in all weather extremes and often fall prey to both wild predators, such as raptors, and cruel humans who shoot or trap them.
I once found a racing pigeon who had crossed the English Channel in a fierce storm, exhausted, no longer able to fly, and almost frozen on the ground. He made it to land from his release point, but others can only have perished, never to see their mates again. And for what? For wagers, that's what, and for trophies. Bets are usually placed on the outcome, which not only violates many state gambling laws but also can mean a grim fate for "losers."
Since pride and profit are often the compelling factors in pigeon racing, owners have little use for pigeons who can't or don't win. "Wring his neck" is what people so often hear when they report a starving or injured banded pigeon. So much for love and respect."
More at: http://animals.change.org/blog/view/standing_with_pigeons_against_mike_tyson
"Please enjoy this one minute YouTube video and forward the link to your friends. Can you identify all of these spectacular birds? See the YouTube page for the full species list.
The video was made to promote http://www.conservationbirding.org/
American Bird Conservancy's new website that enables birders to find birding routes and lodges that support habitat protection."
I finally let both foster cats out of the grooming room to see their reaction to Sparky.