Every Monday I feature a reader's question to highlight different birding issues, tips and information. This week, Claire from Oregon asks...
We have a lot of nesting birds near our cabin on a river, and I've noticed one of them adding a small tangle of fishing line to its nest. Isn't this dangerous for the bird to do?
Birds use a wide variety of nesting materials, including unique items, to construct their nest. Unfortunately, fishing line threatens birds, and line used in nests could tangle around brooding adults or growing hatchlings. In severe cases, the line could cause injuries, strangulation, deformed growth and even death. The best way you can help is to keep a sharp eye on the riverbanks and collect any discarded fishing line to properly recycle or dispose of it, and spread the word to your neighbors and local fishermen to help keep wildlife safe.
Many waterfowl, such as the Canada goose pictured, become tangled in fishing line - if you see a tangled bird, contact the appropriate bird rescue organization so the bird can receive the proper treatment and medical care.
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Canada Goose Tangled in Fishing Line
Photo © WildRescue