The Center often receives calls about displaced wildlife due to tree cutting.
Please consider the magnitude of over-development on wildlife. Ideally no tree cutting, land development or excavation should proceed in the spring, summer or early fall,
Please keep your companion animals indoors or on leashes - especially in the spring, summer and early fall
Each year billions of fledgling and adult songbirds, young mammals such as rabbits and squirrels are maimed or killed by cats and dogs. Cats alone, which are not natural predators of native wildlife, are killing .billions if songbirds and small mammals every year. Keeping your companion cat and/or dog indoors will not only save wildlife but it is safer for your companion(s). For more information about how to keep your companion animals happy and healthy indoors please visit the Humane Society of the U.S. at www,hsus.org
Please plant native plants, trees and ground cover to attract birds, bees and butterflies to your yard,
By planting native plants you can help native wildlife and beneficial insects by providing natural food and shelter for throughout the year, Native plants require less watering (if at all), are hardier than non-native plants and help sustain already fragile species such as bumble bees and Monarch butterflies while on their migratory journey south. For more information please visit the Native Plant Center at www,nativeplantcenter.org
Please Abstain From Using Pesticides
Every year the Center receives animals, especially birds, that are exhibiting extreme neurological symptoms from ingesting lawn or garden pesticides, The mortality rate of birds which feed on insects on lawns, which have been sprayed with pesticides, is high. Species most vulnerable include robins, starlings and flickers. Not only are wild animals adversely affected by yard chemicals but studies have shown companion animals are at a much higher risk of developing cancer if they live in a home where pesticides are applied.
Planting native plants, trees and ground cover instead of grass is a great way to develop a healthy backyard ecosystem without the use of pesticides. For more information visit: www.beyondpesticides.org
Please Discard Monofilament (fishing line) Line Appropriately
Every year the Center admits numerous birds who become entangled in fishing line and/or ingest a hook. Please discard your fishing line appropriately by cutting it in 1/2 inch pieces and throwing it in the garbage or burning it. If you are not an angler and see fishing line along a path or at the edge of a body of water please discard it, Fishing line exists for 600 years in the environment if it is not properly removed. For further information regarding monofilament recycling programs go to: mrrp.myfwc.com and www.fishfloridatag.org to learn more about this very serious and undereported problem and to see what you can do to start a monofilament recycling program in your area.
Every year billions of birds throughout the world are killed from striking window glass. This "silent" killer of birds, which mostly goes unnoticed by the general public, is taking a enormous toll on our migratory birds. Please demand and encourage architects to design and use glass that is angled so that the outside reflection is of the ground not the blue sky and trees. A bird only sees a clear reflection of the sky and trees through a straight glass window and unwittingly flies into it. Studies have shown that decals typically do not work but CDs hung on a string outside a problematic window, such as sliding glass doors, are helpful. Unfortunately birds usually die from window strikes. Even if a bird is found on the ground after a window strike injuries such as a fractured shoulder can be difficult to repair. For more information please go to: www.allaboutbirds.org