Habitat Preservation

Support for Habitat Preservation
Any and all efforts in recycling, water and energy conservation, habitat preservation and wise resource utilization are essential for all living things on this planet. Take charge of how you’re affecting the environment, become knowledgeable about how you can improve that, and commit to making the changes necessary. It’s a mindset – and only you are in control of that. Download our flyer on how YOU can help.


Get the Lead Out
Raptor populations are threatened by poisoning from lead in ammunition and fishing tackle. Most states have recognized the dangers of lead in ammunition and have enacted regulations regarding their use. A variety of lead-free bullets, including copper, tungsten and bismuth alloys, are readily available. The lead in fishing jigs and sinkers is responsible for poisoning raptors as well as other fish eating birds such as loons. Lead-free jigs and sinkers are available in most sporting goods stores and on the internet.


Rodent Poisons in Raptors
Raptors ingest rodent poisons by directly eating the poisoned bait or by eating poisoned rodents. If you have a rodent issue in your home or property, please carefully consider the method of control you employ. Since the adoption of 2nd generation rodenticides we have seen an uptick in birds showing symptoms of poisoning and there is now no easy way to treat the most common poisons. Visit Safe Rodent Control Rodenticides  for information on common pesticides and their effects. For long term rodent control visit the Rodent Control Strategies  for hints on maintaining a rodent-free home.


Recycling
Putting your trash in the proper places is a major factor for maintaining a healthy habitat. Ever wonder how long it takes for garbage to decompose in the environment? Check below to see the time required for very common types of garbage to decompose. You may be very surprised.

Garbage Decomposition Time
Paper Towel
Orange or Banana Peel
Newspaper
Apple Core
Waxed Milk Carton
Piece of Plywood
Cigarette Butt
Plastic Bag
Plastic Film Container
Tin Can
Styrofoam Plastic Cup
Aluminum Can
Disposable Diaper
2-4 weeks
2-5 weeks
6 weeks
2 months
3 months
1-3 years
1-5 years
10-20 years
20-30 years
50 years
50 years
80 years
450 years
Information Source: U.S. National Park Service; Mote Marine Lab, Sarasoata, Florida

Please help care for our environment for the birds and for all of us! Thank you!


Related Links
The related links section of this website provides access to various organizations dedicated to improving our environment, ecosystems, and resources. It’s not complete by any stretch of the imagination. Use them, seek out others, and then tell us about them. We’d be thrilled to expand our list and learn about your efforts in this area!