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« Post / Reply #30 on: October 16, 2012, 07:12:30 AM »

Awww    Thanks, Pam!
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« Post / Reply #31 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.
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« Post / Reply #32 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/

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.
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« Post / Reply #33 on: December 29, 2012, 07:46:39 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

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.
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« Post / Reply #34 on: January 06, 2013, 08:27:39 PM »

Alternative to rat poison?

http://www.freep.com/videonetwork/2067179348001?odyssey=mod|tvideo|article
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« Post / Reply #35 on: January 17, 2013, 02:35:22 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

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


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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.

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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

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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.”

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Learn more Support RATS (http://www.raptorsarethesolution.org/) and the Hungry Owl Project (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.
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« Post / Reply #36 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


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« Post / Reply #37 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/
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« Post / Reply #38 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
(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.

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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.

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« Post / Reply #39 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.
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« Post / Reply #40 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.

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« Post / Reply #41 on: August 09, 2014, 09:05:15 AM »


Thank you, excellent post gze.
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« Post / Reply #42 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

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