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Please Stop Feeding Bread to Waterfowl

Feeding bread to wild ducks is incredibly harmful. Bread has almost no nutrients that are useful for the duck, so they become malnourished and more susceptible to disease. Compounding the problem is that excessive bread left in the water will rot, which leads to high levels of E. coli and even botulism outbreaks. Wild ducks need to stay wild, and artificially feeding them causes them to lose their natural instincts for acquiring food.

If you want to feed captive waterfowl, consider chopped vegetables, whole grains, or fruit instead.

Read more: NY Dept of Environmental Conservation

Photo credit: Cengland0

(via: I fucking love science)

Spring brings happy times at the pond. Just remember that you can still interact with animals, but please educate yourself on the dos and don’ts!

Conditioning Plarn by MoiraCrochets

plarn:

This article offers two ways to “condition” your plarn to transform it from flat strips of cut plastic bags to smooth, tubular plarn. I have not yet used this technique. I will try it soon and, of course, post pictures. I may already be slightly conditioning my plarn by rolling it through my fingers before I knit with it!

I’ve been spinning my “plarn” (haha, love that word btw) by hand, it’s exhausting and super time consuming. I have always wanted a drop spindle, but now I want a Navajo spindle.

bonecleaning:

Mostly cleaned but still ‘meaty’ bones.. they’ll need to macerate for a while to soften the connective tissue.
This is several months worth of collection - these deer most likely died last summer or fall. Top photo shows the condition we recovered them in.
One thing i find in the woods more often then bones = Garbage
I find beer cans, shotgun shells and gatorade bottles full of piss. This is usually where you might find deer bones in a large, black garbage bag that the hunter has thrown into the woods. Why not simply leave the bones out to be eaten by wildlife and reintegrated back into the soil?
I try to clean up any location i find. I hope you do too. This includes broken bottles, fishing lures, beer cans, spent shell casings, food garbage and often the rubber gloves and bags used when cleaning deer.
Some hunters are far more thoughtful and it shows - i am always glad when i find hunter dumps with little to no garbage - signs that they took all the meat and used the hide  - but still left bones out for scavengers…

The place I usually walk my dog is an empty county owned plot, there is a ridiculous amount of garbage. Every now and then I go out with a garbage bag. It’s usually full by the halfway mark.
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bonecleaning:

Mostly cleaned but still ‘meaty’ bones.. they’ll need to macerate for a while to soften the connective tissue.
This is several months worth of collection - these deer most likely died last summer or fall. Top photo shows the condition we recovered them in.
One thing i find in the woods more often then bones = Garbage
I find beer cans, shotgun shells and gatorade bottles full of piss. This is usually where you might find deer bones in a large, black garbage bag that the hunter has thrown into the woods. Why not simply leave the bones out to be eaten by wildlife and reintegrated back into the soil?
I try to clean up any location i find. I hope you do too. This includes broken bottles, fishing lures, beer cans, spent shell casings, food garbage and often the rubber gloves and bags used when cleaning deer.
Some hunters are far more thoughtful and it shows - i am always glad when i find hunter dumps with little to no garbage - signs that they took all the meat and used the hide  - but still left bones out for scavengers…

The place I usually walk my dog is an empty county owned plot, there is a ridiculous amount of garbage. Every now and then I go out with a garbage bag. It’s usually full by the halfway mark.
Zoom Info

bonecleaning:

Mostly cleaned but still ‘meaty’ bones.. they’ll need to macerate for a while to soften the connective tissue.

This is several months worth of collection - these deer most likely died last summer or fall. Top photo shows the condition we recovered them in.

One thing i find in the woods more often then bones = Garbage

I find beer cans, shotgun shells and gatorade bottles full of piss. This is usually where you might find deer bones in a large, black garbage bag that the hunter has thrown into the woods. Why not simply leave the bones out to be eaten by wildlife and reintegrated back into the soil?

I try to clean up any location i find. I hope you do too. This includes broken bottles, fishing lures, beer cans, spent shell casings, food garbage and often the rubber gloves and bags used when cleaning deer.

Some hunters are far more thoughtful and it shows - i am always glad when i find hunter dumps with little to no garbage - signs that they took all the meat and used the hide  - but still left bones out for scavengers…

The place I usually walk my dog is an empty county owned plot, there is a ridiculous amount of garbage. Every now and then I go out with a garbage bag. It’s usually full by the halfway mark.

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