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.