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Birds and Pesticides. Peregrine Falcon. Luke Choate 31193. Pesticides have been wildly used and accepted since World War II Many of the pesticides harm unintentional victims, one of these victims is the bird population. Problems:.

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Birds and pesticides

Birds and Pesticides

Peregrine Falcon

Luke Choate

31193


Birds and pesticides

  • Pesticides have been wildly used and accepted since World War II

  • Many of the pesticides harm unintentional victims, one of these victims is the bird population


Problems

Problems:

  • Pesticides don’t always kill their victim, sometimes they inhibit the breeding of the species it comes in contact with

  • Many pesticides, kill birds directly such as DDT, which poisons the nervous system

  • A recent study has shown an increase in the amount of unhatched eggs among common cavity-nesting birds

  • Although DDT is banned in the U.S. there are still many toxic chemicals used which cannot be studied because the producers are legally protecting their “Trade Secret” by not allowing their product to be studied


Just a few animal species affected by pesticides

Just a few animal species affected by Pesticides

  • Peregrine Falcon

  • Ospreys

  • Swainson’s Hawk

  • Lesser long-nosed bat

  • Pacific pocket mouse

  • San Bernardino kangaroo rat

  • Buena Vista Lake shrew

  • California red-legged frog

  • California tiger salamander

  • Chiricahua leopard frog

  • Mountain yellow-legged frog

  • Southwestern arroyo toad

  • Yosemite toad

  • Alameda whipsnake

  • Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard

  • Desert tortoise

  • New Mexico ridge-nosed rattlesnake

  • Western burrowing owl

  • Cactus ferruginous pygmy owl

  • Mexican spotted owl

  • Southwestern willow flycatcher

  • Delta smelt

  • Southern California steelhead

  • Gila trout

  • Desert pupfish

  • Loach minnow

  • Spikedace

  • Green sturgeon

  • Unarmored three spine stickleback

  • Hine’s emerald dragonfly

  • Sacramento Mountains checkerspot butterfly

  • Riverside fairy shrimp

  • Holmgren milk-vetch

  • Shivwits milk-vetch

Sorry if it’s hard to read, but it isn’t my fault. Blame the pesticides.


Solutions

Solutions

  • There are many things you can do to avoid the use of pesticides:

    • Use Bio-pesticides which are derived from natural materials instead of being made in a lab

    • Keep your lawn healthy, it’s a natural way to reduce pests

    • Use plants native to your area in your garden

    • Know which insects are the “Pests” in your yard, some are actually beneficial

    • Attract more birds to your yard with bird baths and nest boxes, they’re a pest killer too!

    • Try to buy more organic food and support those farmers in the fight against pesticides

    • Prevent mosquitoes from breeding in your backyard, they’re one of the major reasons for the use of pesticides


Birds and pesticides

  • Much of my information was gathered from:

    • http://www.birds.cornell.edu/publications/birdscope/Summer2001/pesticides.html

    • http://nationalzoo.si.edu/ConservationAndScience/MigratoryBirds/Fact_Sheets/default.cfm?fxsht=8


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