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Title: Don't use poisons
Post by: beans on August 25, 2010, 07:32:06 PM
This is a simple, but very effective, way to help out wildlife.

Don't use snail bait, pesticides, or rodenticides.  The reasons for not using them are posted in our Forum, here:  Wildcare (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=444.msg24807#msg24807)

Just Say No

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Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: emc on August 25, 2010, 08:08:07 PM
It would be good if we can post some other ways to handle pests in our yards.
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: beans on August 25, 2010, 11:55:59 PM
To keep slugs and snails off my dwarf citrus, I loosely wrap some copper tape around the trunk.  They will not cross the tape.

You can purchase it here:  Gardener's Supply (http://www.gardeners.com/Copper-Slug-Tape/38-994,default,pd.html?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=Google&utm_term=copper_slug_tape&SC=XNET8019&gclid=CNSB56fH1qMCFQdGagodWmFztg)
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: beans on August 26, 2010, 12:04:05 AM
Some years ago I abandoned those yellow sticky traps for aphid, fungus gnat, and whitefly.  Butterflies and bees can get caught.  And the saddest thing of all is to see a tiny bird stuck to the trap. 
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: gzebear on August 26, 2010, 11:42:40 AM
I'm so glad to see this topic started. So many people have developed little secrets for non-poisonous pest control. Great place to share them.

Most of us probably know about slugs and their passion for beer. Works like a charm - just put out a saucer of beer in the garden and the slugs will party hearty on something besides your plants.

I also found a great way to control fruit flies in my kitchen. I put a peach pit or some other piece of yummy-to-a-fruitfly scrap in a paper cup, cover it with a piece of plastic wrap or clear plastic bag, securing it with an elastic, then poking a few small holes in the plastic with a toothpick. The fruit flies go for it and can get in but can't get out. Hence, no fruit flies hovering around my fruit bowl. When I have them all inside, I invite them to my wildlife feeding station (compost bin) and wish them well. They'll stay gone for several days. Then more appear for a taste of fresh peach pit.

My motto: "Poison anything and you poison everything." That's it. No exceptions.



Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: passerine on August 26, 2010, 12:30:33 PM
I'm so glad to see this topic started. So many people have developed little secrets for non-poisonous pest control. Great place to share them.

<<snip>>

My motto: "Poison anything and you poison everything." That's it. No exceptions.

So true.
 At a local feed store i get bags of crushed oyster shells, sprinkle them around my plants. Slugs won't go over them as they're sharp  a lot on different crawlies won't go over them either.

Cayenne pepper along door sills will help keep ants out, it also works good to sprinkle on your garbage if the dog likes to get into.
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: Faerie Gardener on August 26, 2010, 12:57:53 PM
GREAT topic!  I have also used cinnamon along a doorframe to keep ants out.

A good garden spray for weeds is diluted white vinegar: one part water to one part vinegar.  Some of the really resistant ones might need full-strength or even concentrated white vinegar, but I find that I can control even these by spraying them again in a week or so.
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: gzebear on August 26, 2010, 04:41:13 PM
I have for maybe thirty years sprinkled cream of tartar across the threshold of my back door every spring to keep the earwigs and ants out. I guess they don't like to cross over it. Seems to work because if I forget, they soon remind me!
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: beans on August 27, 2010, 04:34:28 PM
What good suggestions these are!  

Here's more on the sticky traps, posted in the Lindsay Wildlife Museum thread in our Forum:  Don't Use Sticky Traps! (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=138.msg24997#msg24997)

warning:  I have included a picture of bird feathers stuck to a sticky trap.   :sad  The picture and article are from a Lindsay email update I received this afternoon.
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: emc on August 27, 2010, 06:40:59 PM
We have never used that kind of sticky trap for insects.  However, we had some mice in our garage a few years ago and tried the sticky traps that are made for that purpose.  They worked well, but we also got 2 lizards. :sad
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: emc on August 31, 2010, 10:46:12 AM
I have some spider mites on a fuchsia and plumeria.  I have never gotten the fuchsia free of them, and have tried numerous things over the years.  The plumeria tree starts out each spring with spider mites, after some ladybugs are brought in, the new leaves come in fine.  Perhaps I am not waiting long enough this year, but after the ladybugs, there still seems to have spider mites.
I looked up natural treatments for spider mites.  One of them, I'm trying. Lemon juice sprayed on the leaves, especially the underside.  The recipe is  2 parts lemon juice to 3 parts water.
While I'm trying it, I'm also trying it for white flies.
Here's hoping it works well on both.
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: passerine on August 31, 2010, 12:35:44 PM
Sounds like an overall fix for door frames & other crevices insects enter through. From our combined suggestions mix together: cinnamon, cayenne & cream of tartar we can maybe outsmart them that way. :eclol

Emc putting a drop of dish soap per quart of spray with your lemon or vinegar water might help. If you repeat every 10 to 14 days for three times you get all their cycles. After the ladybugs leave that is, cause their the best solution.

Soaking mint in oil, then soak up in cotton balls, put by places mice may enter might help deter mice. Or a combination of mint & cayenne.
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: Rajame on August 31, 2010, 01:31:40 PM
I suggest looking into the uses of Dr Bonner's Castile Soap (peppermint). This soap can be used in hundreds of purposes. It is an insecticide and cleans cement, disintegrates blood and can be used to brush your teeth. It is olive oil base. I love it!

PS. It takes out colors on fabrics went put on for long periods of time.
 :heart
http://www.target.com/Dr-Bronners-Pure-Castile-Soap/dp/B00120VWJ0 (http://www.target.com/Dr-Bronners-Pure-Castile-Soap/dp/B00120VWJ0)
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: beans on August 31, 2010, 01:56:31 PM
I like the lavender soap, too!
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: emc on March 22, 2012, 11:08:46 AM

Towards the end of this video, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CIIkMDWKA0&feature=youtube_gdata_player) there is a claim of biological pesticide for rats being used in Israel. So I have been trying to find out what they are using. From my research so far, it looks like a combination of Barn Owls for night control and Kestrels for day control. 
Wonder if adding barn owls to the current day time raptors,and nest boxes for the owls would be an answer for New York and other large cities with the problem. 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/grrlscientist/2012/feb/09/1

http://www.jpost.com/ArtsAndCulture/Arts/Article.aspx?id=240450


I also found a research paper dated  Feb 2012 re: Spinosad , but a lot of it was over my head, so don't know if this is a possibility. 
http://www.academicjournals.org/ajpp/PDF/pdf2012/29%20Feb/Aboul-Enein%20et%20al.pdf
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: basenjimom on March 22, 2012, 01:01:56 PM
 :eccry  Squirrel poison in Chicago killing small dogs  :mgritted    http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/squirrel-poison-warning-edgewater-rogers-park-dog-pet-owners-warning-20120322 
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: passerine on March 22, 2012, 03:18:55 PM
It'll kill everything, dogs, cats, birds, insects eating the carcasses. :ecsad This world would be so better if they banned rodenticides, pesticides, herbicides, when will people get it.
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: gzebear on March 28, 2012, 07:03:59 AM
Invention is the father of necessity - who on earth invented squirrel poison?? I have something for him ...
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: MaggiesMom on September 11, 2012, 11:08:01 AM
You all know that Pale Male, the RTH in Central Park, has lost some close family members to rat poison - and two of this year's fledglings had to be taken into rehab and treated for poisoning.  One of our chatters - name escapes me right now - started a petition on Change.org to encourage the American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art to stop using rat poison.  The Central Park Conservancy already has stopped.

Those of us who signed the petition just received this email from Change.org.  They are organizing a day of action tomorrow. Anyone who can phone, please do!

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First, I want to thank each and every-one of you for supporting and signing this petition!

I want to let you know that the Central Park Conservancy is not using poison at this time.

That is the good news.

However, the bad news is, since this petition was launched, we unfortunately now have strong reasons to believe that Pale Male’s third baby “Opera Star” and Pale Male’s mate, Zena, have been poisoned and died.

As you know, these latest poisoning come on top of the awful discovery that Pale Male's and Zena's first two offspring were so ill, they had to be rescued from the vicinity of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. While in rehab, they tested positive for super toxic rat poisons. Despite the serious harm the rodenticide has caused, The American Museum of Natural History and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, still refuse to stop using it.

We are now issuing a call to action:
Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 12, 2012, please make a call to both these institutions and let them know that you are very concerned about their use of rat poison and urge them to use alternative methods. There are solar garbage cans, rodent proof cans, and other sanitation control methods that would resolve the problem.

Just one phone call can help save all the Hawks in Central Park. Please make these two calls on Wednesday. If each of us pitch in, our voices will be heard.

If all you receive is a voice mail, please leave a message.(They keep disconnecting their numbers, but the main ones still work).
Thank you for your concern and willingness to help stop these needless deaths.
Save the Hawks...Stop the Poison!
stopthepoison@aolcom

The American Museum of Natural History:
Ask for: Museum Director Ellen V. Futter, email: futter@amnh.org
Phone: 212-769-5100, 212-769-5102-finance, membership(212) 769-5606
Also-Karen Quigley, Office of the President
email: kquigley@amnh.org

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Phone: 212-535-7710 press * then “0” ask for "Emily Rafferty" ( President), leave message with anyone.


And here's where to view the original petition:

http://www.change.org/petitions/new-york-state-department-of-environmental-conservation-stop-the-murder-of-our-red-tail-hawks-in-nyc?utm_source=supporter_message&utm_medium=email (http://www.change.org/petitions/new-york-state-department-of-environmental-conservation-stop-the-murder-of-our-red-tail-hawks-in-nyc?utm_source=supporter_message&utm_medium=email) 
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: MaggiesMom on September 13, 2012, 11:54:04 AM
Update from Change.org on success of yesterday's phone action to stop the use of rat poison:

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The Met has responded stating that they have stopped using poison and the boxes that we see are either empty or test boxes.
We have agreed to stop the call in for the Met at this time.
We requested a meeting with them and they sounded agreeable. Keep your fingers crossed!

As for the Museum of NH...no response...thank you for calls today.
We will keep you aware of the events.

Many thanks! Save the Hawks!
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: PamNY on September 13, 2012, 07:25:28 PM
News about the Met is great. Still no word from AMNH.

I'm very impressed with the group that is working on this issue in NYC.
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: beans on September 17, 2012, 12:02:36 PM
Please see this post under Lindsay Wildlife Museum:

Gray Fox Released (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=138.msg118314#msg118314)

Note that the link to the Necropsy for the New York Redtails is here:

http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/81470.html (http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/81470.html)


Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: PamNY on October 04, 2012, 08:27:22 PM
News coverage:

http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20120921/upper-west-side/pale-males-mate-zena-presumed-dead (http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20120921/upper-west-side/pale-males-mate-zena-presumed-dead)

http://www.columbiaspectator.com/2012/10/04/poison-meant-rats-might-be-killing-hawks (http://www.columbiaspectator.com/2012/10/04/poison-meant-rats-might-be-killing-hawks)

Both the Met and the Museum of Natural History are communicating with Stop the Poison. The Met responded to the call-in campaign; AMNH responded after their lack of response was described in the DNAinfo story.
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: gzebear on October 05, 2012, 01:56:24 AM
thanks Pam ... good coverage. Glad to hear that AMNH responded finally. I loved this line in the first article:

"[Institutions] are not going to develop anything safer until their feet are put to the fire."

Thank you for helping put fire to some feet. Of all the hideous inventions of humans, poison is one of the worst.
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: PamNY on October 10, 2012, 04:43:33 PM
Good blog post about rat poison in Washington Square Park.

http://washingtonsquareparkblog.com/2012/10/10/instead-of-washington-square-parks-maintenance-issues-being-addressed-ineffective-and-hawk-killing-rodenticide-placed-in-park-by-city/ (http://washingtonsquareparkblog.com/2012/10/10/instead-of-washington-square-parks-maintenance-issues-being-addressed-ineffective-and-hawk-killing-rodenticide-placed-in-park-by-city/)

This park is the home of the hawks who are featured in the NYT/NYU webcam.
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: PamNY on October 10, 2012, 08:25:14 PM
Good news -- for the moment, anyway. According to RogerPaw, poison bait has been removed from WSP.

http://rogerpaw.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-rat-bait-boxes-have-been-removed.html (http://rogerpaw.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-rat-bait-boxes-have-been-removed.html)

Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: beans on October 10, 2012, 08:38:36 PM
Well, that's good.  These poisons don't eradicate the rats.  May kill a few of them, but rats will always be around.  Where there are cities, there are rats. 
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: emc on October 11, 2012, 10:49:23 AM
Fantastic news Pam! The Hawks are there best ally in their fight against the rats anyway. Shouldn't kill their ally.
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: PamNY on October 15, 2012, 08:33:01 PM
The two juvenile hawks who were affected by rat poison were returned to Central Park over the weekend. They had been taken to rehab in July.

Naturally, everyone has wondered how the father would react after the babies had been gone for such a long time.

I just got an email from a very reliable hawk-watching friend. The father hawk, Pale Male, caught a bird and brought it to one of the babies this afternoon.
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: beans on October 15, 2012, 08:48:03 PM
Thanks, Pam!!!
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: Faerie Gardener on October 16, 2012, 07:12:30 AM
Awww    Thanks, Pam!
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: passerine on October 18, 2012, 08:34:34 AM
The two juvenile hawks who were affected by rat poison were returned to Central Park over the weekend. They had been taken to rehab in July.

Naturally, everyone has wondered how the father would react after the babies had been gone for such a long time.

I just got an email from a very reliable hawk-watching friend. The father hawk, Pale Male, caught a bird and brought it to one of the babies this afternoon.

That is pretty darn good that Dad knew to bring them fish after after quite a long time of not seeing them. Goes to show chicks can be rehabbed & returned to nests as we have seen on a few cams now.
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: PamNY on October 23, 2012, 08:34:37 AM
Raptors are the Solution has scheduled a call-in day for Peets Coffee. They are protesting sale of Peet's to Reckitt Benckiser, the company that makes d-Con rat poison.

Details are here:

http://www.raptorsarethesolution.org/ (http://www.raptorsarethesolution.org/)

They also have links to petitions asking Good Housekeeping to remove their seal of approval from d-Con and asking the EPA to move forward with restrictions on sale of some rat poisons to consumers.
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: beans on December 29, 2012, 06:46:39 PM
California Coalition wants rat poisons outlawed

Poisoned rats and mice are spreading toxic chemicals into the ecosystem despite widespread pressure from federal regulators, wildlife officials and environmentalists to remove the most harmful rodenticides from store shelves.

A coalition of environmental and public health groups urged state regulators this month to reject 2013 registration renewals for the dangerous pesticides known as brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difethialone and difenacoum.

The lethal compounds, which are known as second-generation anticoagulants, interfere with blood clotting, resulting in uncontrollable bleeding and a slow, agonizing death, according to the demand letter signed by the Center for Biological Diversity, Californians for Pesticide Reform, Earthjustice and the American Bird Conservancy.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Toxic-rats-mice-spur-rodenticide-battle-4153464.php#ixzz2GUwmNRj4 (http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Toxic-rats-mice-spur-rodenticide-battle-4153464.php#ixzz2GUwmNRj4)

When we all work together, we can make positive changes to our environment.  I wasn’t going to post anything until state regulators rejected the 2013 poison renewals.  But heck, it’s in the paper, so I thought I would let you know what’s going on in California.  Like many others, I’ve worked on this and hope the state regulators will put an end to these poisons.
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: beans on January 06, 2013, 07:27:39 PM
Alternative to rat poison?

http://www.freep.com/videonetwork/2067179348001?odyssey=mod (http://www.freep.com/videonetwork/2067179348001?odyssey=mod)|tvideo|article
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: NancyM on January 17, 2013, 01:35:22 PM
A new article from Audubon on the issue of rodenticides; a good, long article from which I am posting only a few snippets.

http://www.audubonmagazine.org/articles/conservation/poisons-used-kill-rodents-have-safer-alternatives (http://www.audubonmagazine.org/articles/conservation/poisons-used-kill-rodents-have-safer-alternatives)

Poisons Used to Kill Rodents Have Safer Alternatives

A second generation of ultra-potent rodenticides creates a first-class crisis for people, pets, and wildlife.
By Ted Williams
Published: January-February 2013


<snip>

Both first- and second-generation rodenticides prevent blood from clotting by inhibiting vitamin K, though the second-generation products build to higher concentrations in rodents and are therefore more lethal to anything that eats them.

...
Because they are weapons of mass destruction, second-generation rodenticides are the preferred tool wildlife managers use to restore native ecosystems to rat-infested islands. But the EPA has declared them too dangerous for public use and ordered them off the general market. They’re still widely available, however, because stores have huge stocks and because a recent court decision has allowed three of the largest manufacturers to defy the order

....
In New York rodenticides were found in 49 percent of 12 species of necropsied raptors. For great horned owls the figure was 81 percent. <snip>
But at least in California and New York, nontarget rodenticide poisoning is a public issue. New York City is much enamored of a 22-year-old red-tailed hawk named Pale Male (“How the Nest Was Won”). In February 2012 Pale Male’s mate, Lima, was found dead shortly before she would have laid eggs. The inside of her mouth was pale, as were her heart, lungs, liver, spleen, kidneys, and brain. The necropsy turned up fatal doses of three rodenticides, including brodifacoum, in her liver. Pale Male then took another mate, his sixth—Zena. In 2012 the pair fledged three chicks, one of which is thought to have been killed by rodenticides and two of which were gravely sickened by rodenticides but treated with vitamin K and released. The city, of course, has lost many less famous birds.

New York City Audubon entreats the public never to use the two second-generation rodenticides most toxic to birds (brodifacoum and difethialone) and not to use others except as a last resort and never during nesting season, when adults can feed poisoned rodents to their young and each other. But some bird lovers are scolding the organization for not demanding a complete ban. Director Glenn Phillips offers this defense: “Our city has a huge rat problem. We can’t ban all use of rodenticides; it’s never going to happen. If we were to advocate that, we couldn’t get the support of a single city agency. If you want to tilt at windmills, you can try. If you want to actually make things better for birds, you have to do what you can to reduce rodenticides, even if you can’t eliminate them.”

<snip>


Learn more Support RATS (http://www.raptorsarethesolution.org/ (http://www.raptorsarethesolution.org/)) and the Hungry Owl Project (http://hungryowl.org/ (http://hungryowl.org/)).   Log on to their websites to find out what you can do to limit secondary rodenticide poisoning in your area.

Take Action Don’t buy baits containing second-generation rodenticides. And if you see them on store shelves, urge managers to remove them. If they resist, give them a photocopy of this article.

Be heard Tell the EPA to cancel general-use registration of second-generation rodenticides. Email: Wasem.Russell@epamail.epa.gov. And cite Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0718.
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: MaggiesMom on March 12, 2013, 08:26:22 PM
New York City MTA - subways - has decided that traps are not dealing with their rat problem - which has gotten significantly worse since Superstorm Sandy.  So they have resorted to contraception.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/12/nyregion/as-rats-escape-death-mta-turns-to-sterilization.html?_r=0
 (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/12/nyregion/as-rats-escape-death-mta-turns-to-sterilization.html?_r=0)

See what you think!
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: PamNY on October 08, 2013, 03:08:39 PM
Rat poison is in use in Washington Square Park in NYC. This park is the home of the NYU hawk cam family.

Washington Square Park allows extensive feeding of pigeons and squirrels, which has to be a large part of the problem (and which is against park rules, but rarely enforced).

There is a petition asking the park to use other methods of rodent control.

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/wsphawks/ (http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/wsphawks/)
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: NancyM on July 31, 2014, 06:41:24 PM
from the New York Times:

Groups Press New York State to Ban Poisons That Kill Wildlife

by JAMES BARRON
JULY 27, 2014

source:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/28/nyregion/groups-press-state-to-ban-poisons-that-kill-wildlife.html?_r=3 (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/28/nyregion/groups-press-state-to-ban-poisons-that-kill-wildlife.html?_r=3)
(A version of this article appears in print on July 28, 2014, on page A13 of the New York edition with the headline: Groups Press State to Ban Poisons That Kill Wildlife. )

For years, wildlife and conservation groups have raised alarms that a class of poisons used to kill rats in New York has been indiscriminately killing wildlife in places like Central Park.

Now, relying on fresh evidence from post-mortem examinations conducted by the State Department of Environmental Conservation, six such groups are pressing for a statewide ban on those types of poisons. They say that too many other animals — birds and foxes, as well as dogs and cats — have died after eating rats that had eaten the poison.

<snip>


He said their analysis showed that between 1989 and 2013, the pesticides caused or contributed to the deaths of a long list of birds and animals, including at least 50 red-tailed hawks, 47 squirrels, 36 great horned owls, 19 crows, 12 screech owls, 7 Cooper’s hawks, 7 deer, 6 foxes, 3 golden eagles and 2 coyotes. He cautioned that the numbers probably understated the problem, because they counted only animals that were found and tested.

<snip>
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: birdvoyer on July 31, 2014, 07:08:42 PM
Thanks Nancy for bringing the report here.  I guess it just confirms what many have long suspected.  Hopefully, this can be part of the wake up call for legislation for movement towards change.
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: gzebear on August 09, 2014, 07:43:57 AM
I still say intentional poisoning is the most hideous invention of mankind. Its effects are so far-reaching. It doesn't go away, it just keeps reaching out to poison far more than one intends. Poison the 'weeds' and who do you poison? Poison the ants, then where does it go? Poison the rodents and who else will you kill? Poison your lawn and where will the rain take it?

 At what cost does one need to have "a nice lawn"? I see little pesticide application signs all over this lovely town where I live. In the tree above, the insectivores are still singing ... for how long will they sing? What of the robin with her worm, taken from the toxic 'nice' lawn? The owl in the night watches a slow-moving rat ...  

Today there are 2650 members of Our Nature Zone. I wish that every one, plus the many guests who visit these pages, would do one small (or giant!) thing to reduce the toxins in our environment, because that too ripples out.

Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: boonibarb on August 09, 2014, 09:05:15 AM

Thank you, excellent post gze.
Title: Re: Don't use poisons
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 31, 2017, 02:33:44 AM
Monarch Butterflies Need Our Help!

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/8/27/1692995/-Monarch-Mystery-summer-populations-high-winter-pops-low-Where-do-they-go (https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/8/27/1692995/-Monarch-Mystery-summer-populations-high-winter-pops-low-Where-do-they-go)

[Note:  Please disregard that this article was found on a political web site.]