26 Apr '12, 11am

Mine Markers Threaten Birds Out West

Mine Markers Threaten Birds Out West

More on the bird conservation front : Nevada Department of Wildlife Birds find it difficult to scrabble out of uncapped PVC mine markers because the material is so smooth. Canaries are no longer the only birds that should be wary of mines. Each year, millions of birds are likely to get trapped in hollow PVC pipes used as stakes to mark boundaries for mining claims, mostly in the West. The birds, many of them cavity nesters or migrants looking for a safe place to rest, dart into the pipes but often cannot scrabble their way out because the plastic walls are too slick. Trapped, the birds slowly die from dehydration or starvation, with up to 32 bird bodies sometimes filling a single pipe, the conservancy says. As a result, the American Bird Conservancy is encouraging collaborations among people and organizations like bird watchers, hikers and youth groups to remove the millio...

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