|Turtle, grown up|
We’ve seen birds caught in discarded fishing line (sometimes with hooks present), creatures “collared” by discarded, plastic 6-pack binders, even animals ensnared in broken Styrofoam or plastic cups. Pictured is a sea turtle who probably was trapped in this metal ring when he was a juvenile. Birds have eaten 'packing peanuts', old chewing gum, lead pellets from shotguns and so on, leading to their death. I know I’m “preaching to the choir”, but let’s all be alert for these seemingly innocuous and lethal traps.
Cleaning up trash is more than a "make it pretty" effort, and is everyone's responsibility. It makes very little difference who put the trash there in the first place.
Mining “Tar Sands” is a very real danger to birds