Piping Plovers

So it’s pretty much common knowledge that piping plovers are some of the cutest little shits in the entire world. Seriously, just look at them. Unfortunately, they are also in serious danger. There are only 8,000 left. The danger is us, of course.

From The Audubon Society:

Proposed changes to the wildlife protections for Cape Hatteras National Seashore would drastically reduce protection zones for Piping Plovers, American Oystercatchers, Least Terns and other nesting birds. If enacted, it would be a sad triumph of pressure politics over sound science and could jeopardize the birds’ future.

The current plan, in place since 2012, protects only the most critical habitats for nesting shorebirds and sea turtles for a brief period each year. And at the same time offers year-round recreational opportunities for people to enjoy the wild and unspoiled Hatteras coast.

Under the plan, both birds and people have thrived.

But a small and vocal group of off-road vehicle enthusiasts have mounted a concerted and well-funded attack in Washington. They vehemently oppose restrictions on their privilege to drive on the beach, no matter the consequences for wildlife.

Apparently, recreational activities are more important than the livelihood of an entire species. But you can help.

Donate to the Audubon Society’s effort to protect this vital environment here.
If donating to them isn’t your thing (we get it!), donate to a wildlife rehabber that helps out injured and orphaned chickies. Find a list by state here.
Learn more about these little turd birds here & here.

Protect our bird friends. They are important too.

Avian Friends

I feel sick and horrified when I see any photo or description of an animal being hurt. Any animal.

But when I see birds in danger or hurting I become indescribably angry. I think it’s because people treat them as pretty objects so often. That they think for some reason, birds aren’t as worth protecting as mammals. I’ve known many birds on an extremely personal and deep level. They are such amazing beings who deserve to be treated as individuals and not as property to be owned.

All animals should be treated with respect and every single one of them deserve to live their lives without suffering. But birds, I need to protect birds.

If you are a bird lover like me, please check out the following bird rescues and sanctuaries. Do you have a favorite parrot, or farm bird rescue?

Happy Hen House

Chicken Rescue & Sanctuary

Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary

Feathered Angels Waterfowl Sanctuary 

Idaho Domestic Bird Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc

Lily Sanctuary Parrot Rescue

Polly Want A Rescue

Foster Parrots

Florida Parrot Rescue