Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Bad, bad seed

Birdcouple has been bad about blogging lately and we pledge to do better. Basically, when Lisa and I are not working, we are ... birding. Warren is rolling along in his Maryland big year, with 121 species identified and a pelagic trip awaiting us on Saturday.

In case you missed it, there's been some really disturbing news on the bird feeding front:  As you can read here, Scott's Miracle-Gro recently agreed to pay $4.5 million in fines in a case that included its distribution of millions of units of bird seed that contained pesticides that are toxic to birds. Most disturbingly, the company was warned of the problem with the chemicals - meant to stop insects from eating the seed in storage - by its own employees. Part of the funds, $500k, will go to groups to pay for bird conservation and protection.

According to this article, the American Bird Conservancy - great group! - last year announced the results of a study of bird seed samples, in light of the Scott's case and similar ones. The samples tested were found to have no toxic chemicals or only trace amounts.

Phew. Let's keep it that way.

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