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FLORIDA KEYS: LEARNING ABOUT BIRD REHAB

FLORIDA KEYS WILD BIRD REHAB CENTER

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This was very eye opening and sobering experience. The Florida Keys natural environment is deteriorating because of human population, loss of habitat, and pollution. It is estimated that 80% of bird injuries have been caused by fish hooks and monofilament fishing line.

I spent two days watching and photographing injured pelicans, spoonbills, hawks, egrets, heron, and many more.

The pictured Roseate Spoonbill had his left foot bitten off by a dog. The staff replaces his cast everyday and add padding to his right so that it doesn't become over stressed.


SAFETY TIPS FOR BIRDS

• Fish hooks and monofilament line can mean disaster for our birds...ripped pouches, torn necks, broken wings, entangled bodies.

• Be responsible when using baited hooks. They DO tempt hungry birds.

• Dispose of all fish line and plastics in a safe receptacle. NEVER discard them in the water.

• If you accidentally hook a a bird, NEVER allow him to fly off without first removing any attached fish line. Entanglement and death (by starvation or by hanging) all too often results.

• Birds are built to swallow fish no bigger than those that they themselves can catch-- their digestive systems aren't designed to deal with large bones and carcasses. Oversized, razor-sharp bones puncture, protrude and, most often, kill. Keep this in mind when you clean fish and toss unwanted parts to the birds.


For More information write: Florida Keys Wild Bird Center 93600 Overseas Highway Travernier, FL 33070

Or check out www.fkwbc.org

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