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World Wildlife Day 2017

World Wildlife Day 2017

Great movements in human history often start because of the need to stand up to cruelty, unfairness, and governmental overreach. Have you noticed that good usually wins?

In the realm of nature, we have our movements, as well, that start for similar reasons: People with good hearts see others with not-so-good hearts mistreating birds, mammals, sea life, and habitats, and often using these creatures and exploited areas for their own selfish gain.

They didn’t stay silent, but got busy and started fights. Not violent fights, but good fights that have built momentum and are still going.

In 1896, for example, Harriet Hemenway and Mina Hall started the first Audubon Society chapter in Massachusetts because they were upset by the killing of birds for the millinery (hat making) industry. They held a series of teas in an effort to convince other women to stop buying hats decorated with the feathers of these birds. This movement gained momentum, and within two years, other Audubon chapters had sprung up. Harriet and Mina were good people who started a movement and spread the word that wildlife is not a commodity and should be protected. To this day, the Audubon Society still speaks on behalf of birds. (A recent example of Audubon’s activism is their recent fight against the cormorant slaughter on Oregon’s Sand Island.)

In 1918, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act was signed into law to prevent the willy-nilly, free-for-all use of wild birds, their feathers, their nests, and their eggs. (Click on the link to see what this law covers in its entirety.) Good people did that, setting into motion legislation that has protected birds for almost 100 years.

On December 20, 2013, the United Nations proclaimed March 3 to be World Wildlife Day as a way to draw attention, raise awareness, and hopefully encourage people to take action against habitat change and destruction, and the over-exploitation or illicit trafficking of fauna (wildlife) and flora (plants and trees), which is threatening, and even causing, the extinction of many species.

World Wildlife Day’s theme for 2017 is “Listen to the Young Voices,” and there are plenty of these voices to listen to: Did you know that over ¼ of the current world population is between the ages of 10-24? Many of these young people are very environmentally-focused and can teach us a thing or two. Likewise, we also have the opportunity — right now — to encourage the young people we know personally to respect wildlife and become its voices and protectors, not just on World Wildlife Day, but all through their growing-up years.

Sounds like a great movement to me. Click here to learn more about this year’s World Wildlife Day. http://www.wildlifeday.org/


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After being under the weather for a few weeks, I suddenly found myself very behind — not just on this blog, but on other projects, as well. It seemed like a great solution, therefore, to do an encore presentation this week of an earlier post. Since it’s currently nesting season, this one from last spring seemed like a perfect choice. If you have birds making nests where you’d rather they wouldn’t, you’ll want to read on. (Also, if you’re missing our Bird of the Week feature, it will be returning next week.) – Sally

Black-capped chickadee in nest

The question was raised recently on our Facebook page about what to do with bird nests built in inconvenient (for us) places.

A reader discovered that a Black-capped Chickadee couple was building a nest underneath a rhubarb plant in her raised garden bed and, while she didn’t mind sharing the area with them, didn’t think they would be happy about her being so close to where they were raising their young. She wanted to know what she should do.

I wasn’t able, unfortunately, to get back to her right away and felt just horrible about leaving her hanging. (My first reply was erased when my computer crashed before I could post it, and for the rest of that week I was taking care of my son, who’d just had surgery. Such is life….) I was finally able to research the matter and wrote back to her. Thankfully, she had also done some research and found that she would, indeed, be coexisting with the little bird family after all. We’d both discovered the same thing, that the nest needed to stay, according to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. There are now four tiny eggs in the nest and our reader has the sweet and enviable opportunity to observe an active chickadee nest. I hope she shares pictures with us, if she’s able to take some!

If you’ve also been wondering what to do with an in-the-way bird’s nest, please be aware that, according to the above-mentioned Act, it is illegal to move an active nest (one holding eggs or hatched young), and doing so could saddle the mover with a hefty fine of up to $15,000. The Act also provides for protection of adult birds, which you can learn more about here (same link as above) and here. It’s heavy reading, so be sure to fill your coffee cup before you dig in.

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 covers many birds found in the Pacific Northwest. I noticed with great interest that the European Starling and the House Sparrow, both European transplants and considered pests by many, are not protected species on the list. View the list for yourself here.

If you’ve noticed a bird nest in a not-so-great location, please leave it if at all possible. Most young will fledge (leave the nest) within a few weeks, and you’ll be able to remove it then. Do you have a nest story? Tell us about it in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

View birds and their nests from a safe distance with great deals from Eagle Optics!


Learn more about your backyard birds in Birds of the Pacific Northwest: How to Identify 25 of the Most Popular Backyard Birds. Get it for your Kindle (which you can also read on your PC, Mac, smartphone, or tablet with this free reading app), Nook, on Smashwords, or in the iTunes bookstore.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and now Instagram!

Black-capped chickadee in nest

The question was raised recently on our Facebook page about what to do with bird nests built in inconvenient (for us) places.

A reader discovered that a black-capped chickadee couple was building a nest underneath a rhubarb plant in her raised garden bed and, while she didn’t mind sharing the area with them, didn’t think they would be happy about her being so close to where they were raising their young. She wanted to know what she should do.

I wasn’t able, unfortunately, to get back to her right away and felt just horrible about leaving her hanging. (My first reply was erased when my computer crashed before I could post it, and for the rest of that week I was taking care of my son, who’d just had surgery. Such is life….) I was finally able to research the matter and wrote back to her. Thankfully, she had also done some research and found that she would, indeed, be coexisting with the little bird family after all. We’d both discovered the same thing, that the nest needed to stay, according to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. There are now four tiny eggs in the nest and our reader has the sweet and enviable opportunity to observe an active chickadee nest. I hope she shares pictures with us, if she’s able to take some!

If you’ve also been wondering what to do with an in-the-way bird’s nest, please be aware that, according to the above-mentioned Act, it is illegal to move an active nest (one holding eggs or hatched young), and doing so could saddle the mover with a hefty fine of up to $15,000. The Act also provides for protection of adult birds, which you can learn more about here (same link as above) and here. It’s heavy reading, so be sure to fill your coffee cup before you dig in.

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 covers many birds found in the Pacific Northwest. I noticed with great interest that the European starling and the house sparrow, both European transplants and considered pests by many, are not protected species on the list. View the list for yourself here.

If you’ve noticed a bird nest in a not-so-great location, please leave it if at all possible. Most young will fledge (leave the nest) within a few weeks, and you’ll be able to remove it then. Do you have a nest story? Tell us about it in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

View birds and their nests from a safe distance with hot deals from Eagle Optics!

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Learn more about your backyard birds in Birds of the Pacific Northwest: How to Identify 25 of the Most Popular Backyard Birds. Get it for your Kindle (which you can also read on your PC, Mac, smartphone, or tablet), Nook, on Smashwords, or in the iTunes bookstore.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

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