Richie and Rosie, a pair of ospreys in California’s Bay Area, have captivated viewers worldwide through a webcam near their nest.
Recently, as they diligently cared for their three unhatched eggs, Richie decided to surprise Rosie in an unexpected way.
Instead of bringing her a customary fish, Richie returned to the nest with a stuffed orange monkey toy.
Cindy Margulis, the executive director of Golden Gate Audubon, found the gesture amusing and expressed delight at the surprise provided by wildlife.
“The monkey made us laugh. It’s still making us laugh, days later,” Margulis remarked. “One of the joys of watching wildlife is the surprises they provide for us.”
However, she also highlighted the importance of reducing litter to protect wildlife from potential hazards.
The grinning orange monkey serves as a charming reminder to be mindful of our impact on nature.
“In the case of the toy monkey, it’s amusing. But most times, it’s not so amusing,” Margulis shared. “[I’ve seen] lots of plastic items, and items that represent an entanglement hazard for ospreys or a suffocation hazard even for their eggs. Most of the man-made objects ospreys collect aren’t very funny at all.”
7 Ways To Keep Birds Safe From Man-Made Objects
To keep birds safe from man-made items, taking proactive steps to reduce potential hazards is essential.
Following these practices can help create a safer environment for birds and minimize the risks posed by man-made items.
Here are some guidelines to help protect birds:
1. Properly Dispose Of Trash
Dispose of waste and litter in designated bins to prevent birds from encountering harmful objects. Secure trash can lids to deter birds from rummaging through them.
2. Avoid Releasing Balloons
Released balloons can become entangled in trees and power lines or be mistaken as food by birds, causing injury or death. Choose environmentally friendly alternatives for celebrations.
3. Use Bird-Friendly Products
Opt for bird-safe materials in outdoor structures, such as bird-friendly glass, to prevent collisions and avoid using pesticides and chemicals that may harm birds.
4. Secure Fishing Lines & Hooks
Properly discard fishing lines and hooks in designated receptacles to prevent birds from getting entangled or injured. Cut fishing lines into small pieces before disposal.
5. Be Mindful Of Bird Feeders & Baths
Regularly clean bird feeders and baths to prevent the spread of diseases. Place feeders and baths away from windows to avoid collisions.
6. Minimize Outdoor Hazards
Cover reflective surfaces like windows with decals or bird-friendly films to prevent bird strikes. Use netting to protect fruit trees or gardens from birds without causing harm.
7. Support Conservation Organizations
Contribute to or volunteer with organizations that focus on bird conservation efforts as they work to create bird-friendly habitats and raise awareness about protecting birds.