We have a dedicated team of individuals that collectively have over 25 years experience rescuing over 2000 birds of various species. Based on our collective experiences we examine how birds of prey and other wildlife are injured. We then work on ways to eliminate reasonable human threats by educating the public and being menotrs to people of all ages on ways they can help save birds and their habitats. We are driven to help preserve our native birds and are dedicated to conservation education.
Based on our collective experiences we look at what happens to wildlife and work on ways to eliminate reasonable human threats. One of these that has hit us very hard the last few years is rodenticide or rat poison.
This is Mark, one of our volunteers who rescued an eagle that was called by her EagleWatch Volunteer “Celeste.”
Celeste was found drinking excessive amounts of water in a shallow pond in eye shot of her nest, where Mark was able to easily pick her up. Within hours she died. We had a necropsy done by FWC and found that she did indeed die of rat poison. Volunteers searched nearby shopping centers and found over 100 outside boxes full of rat poison.
How It Works
Poisoned rodents, the target species, are eaten by many non-targeted species such as owls, hawks and eagles. Mammals such as squirrels, opossums and raccoons also eat poisoned rodents and die. Birds of prey and other scavengers that feed on poisoned animals die too.
How You Can Help
- Remove – yard debris and trash that attract rodents.
- Eliminate – food sources such as pet food or bird seed.
- Exclude – seal all openings around your house.
- Natural Deterrents – use products that keep rodents away.
- Safe Products – use products with non-chemical mechanisms to kill rodents such as Have-A-Heart Traps.
Rats have plagued mankind for thousands of years. Birds of Prey, particularly owls are natures own rodent control. By sealing trash containers, eliminating food sources and denying access to a safe inside home, you can naturally control rodents without poisoning raptors, snakes, wading birds, predator mammals, pets and children.
DON’T USE or ADVOCATE THE USE OF CHEMICAL RAT POSION.
If you live in the Tampa Bay Area and want to learn more check our calendar for programs in your area. We partner with Moccasin Lake Nature Park and both Tampa and Clearwater Audubon Society to bring you an enriched educational experience. We can bring a program to you! Email us with your event and date and we will get back with you. Bringing live birds to any event is dependent on many factors. All factors are taken into consideration prior to the event. They will all be covered in detail with you upon inquiry and must be approved by our Board of Directors and the bird of prey management team.
Check back with us frequently for more ways that you can help the birds.
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