Thursday, July 18, 2013

Guest Post


Local naturalist and photographer Jen Howard also has a column in our local newspaper and when I read this topic which is close to my heart, I wanted to share her words.

      "As a naturalist/photographer I go to many places to view, monitor and watch over our wildlife friends and their/our habitat.  One of the worst things I always encounter along waterways is fishing line left behind.  Not only can it kill wildlife that gets caught in it but we too can get injured. Fishing line is invisible and doesn’t break, or break down.  It is not environmentally friendly at all and is deadly.  Fishermen need to know to take their line with them when they change it and not leave it behind. They need to retrieve fishing line from the water if it gets caught and breaks (if they can).
I was part of the rescue of a loon that was slowly dying.  It could not eat, dive and barely swim when we were able to capture it.  That loon was lucky but many are not. The line and lead sinkers still used by many today are both lethal.  They can kill if ingested by loons, swans and all diving waterfowl.  
We fish all year long,  so let’s make sure we clean up and leave no human traces. It’s not only for wildlife, but also for the pride of our waterways, wherever you may be.  Below is a photo of a baby grackle caught in over 20 feet of fishing line.  It was horrible but we got it loose and it was released back to its mom who was frantic."
Fledgling grackle photo by Jen Howard
You can see more of Jen's photography here at Nature Works Photography.  Please share Jen's message on your blog, Face Book or by word of mouth.

18 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting. We all love wild life and nature and it should be protected.

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  2. Lovely post, Judith. Thank you for linking Jen's photography. I love wild life and beautiful nature. I hope they should be protected.
    Tomoko

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  3. That is a great message that many don't think of. I'll be sure to share it on Facebook. Thanks for posting this.

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  4. A very worthy message. Thanks for sharing this. I'm glad for those who help the animals in distress.
    Blessings and hugs, Beth

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  5. I always pick up discarded fishing line when I see it and dispose of it. All our family pick up bottles and other evidence of human endeavour off beaches and waterways.

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  6. I like the guest post. She is so right. Sincere sportsmen care for the wildlife and take good care to leave their habitat pristine. Here is a strong reminder to be more prudent when we interact with nature.

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  7. Excellent points! It's always good advice to pick up after ourselves and especially so when it's a matter of life and death.

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  8. Such a great message Judith. So many of us really don't think about things like that.. I want to share this too.. My boy fish all the time.. so I'm going to tell them thank you for sharing. Have a great weekend with love Janice

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  9. Wonderful and worthwhile post. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  10. This is a great message to get out to everyone who fishes! Thank you for sharing.

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  11. I guess some people just don't think about the horrid consequences of some decisions.

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  13. What an informative post! No one in my family fishes, so it's not something I would have thought about.
    We all need to live responsibly for the well-being of those who come behind us.

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  14. A good reminder, we are so careless or thoughtless sometimes. Your butterfly photos are just amazing!

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  15. Why can't people be responsible and police their area...I am amazed at how people treat the earth like a trash can...thanks for posting this.

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  16. It is wonderful that you are passing on this information. I'm sure that your readers will help remind fishing relatives and friends of this vital message.

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