Millions of seabirds cruise the oceans foraging for fish, and nest along coastlines or on islands. Not many of us ever get to see them because they are out on the open water or in locations difficult to get to; they are out of sight, out of mind. Even scientists don’t know much about where they go, so it’s hard to imagine the impacts of plastics on these magnificent flyers. However, when these species come into contact with land, especially to raise young, they can become victims of the plastic that has washed up on shores, with discarded fishing nets and lines entangling them or their chicks. They may also ingest plastic bags and other plastic items floating in the water which they mistake for food. It has been estimated that 90% of seabirds eat plastic! So, the next time you go to the water, be sure not to leave any netting, line, or other plastic waste around that birds might pick up. Read more…


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