Lots of stories from around the world this week, but first…our contest for planting a tree is still happening – it’s easy! Plant a tree, take a picture, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and be entered to win a free feeder.
We know how sugar is bad for us, but have we ever thought about how bad it is for birds? I’ve been using crushed grapes instead of grape jelly in my oriole feeder to try and limit how much processed sugar my birds are exposed too. It also reduces the chance of them getting sticky jelly on their wings. Dr. Bird answers a question about Mallards nesting in trees (odd, I always thought they nested on the ground as well) and in the headlines, the American National Insurance building joins the Lights Out program after the horrible bird collision that killed 400 birds earlier this month. As much as we may dislike drones, they are still practical – in Ireland the police are using them to patrol and protect the nests of Peregrine Falcons. The birds are still endangered, and for some reason, people keep poisoning them. Newer, more severe laws will hopefully put a stop to this. Egypt is building more windfarms along the Suez Canal, but they are also installing radars as an early warning system for when huge flocks of birds migrate. The radar picks up the flocks and the windfarms can shut down within a few minutes. It’s certainly a step in the right direction!
Have a fantastic week everyone – see you soon!
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