[Tweeters] Helping Wildlife

Diane W diane_weinstein at msn.com
Fri Feb 19 10:20:02 PST 2016

I knew that styrofoam packing pellets were bad for the environment, but did not know they were also harmful to birds and other wildlife.

I have tried to compost the starch packing pellets without much success even after a year. I just pack up the starch and styrofoam packing pellets and take them back to the UPS store.

Thanks for the tip on using popcorn.

Diane Weinstein

From: Devorah the Ornithologist
Sent: Friday, February 19, 2016 3:38 AM
To: Timothy R Barksdale
Cc: tweeters message
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Helping Wildlife

FYI: popcorn makes a really good, edible & biodegradable, packing material. (the packing pellets made of starch are also a reasonable alternative to styrofoam packing pellets.)

On Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 5:10 PM, Timothy R Barksdale <timothy.barksdale at gmail.com> wrote:

Dear Tweeters,

Agree with Diane. And when I think about it, I do pick up other peoples fishing line up here and in places that I visit. I don't hunt or fish so I do not personally add to that problem. There are many others which each of us contribute to without meaning to.

But my major pet-peeve and consequent discipline is to write each company or person to cease and desist the use of styrofoam in any capacity. I also take back pellets to UPS. I don't wan't them.

These merciless pills of poison and waste don't break down for thousands of years and the form of the pellets for decades upon decades, I suspect after one bird dies by ingesting a group or a pellet, then starving to death, his body decays leaving the pellet intact for the next victim. Imagine one styrofoam pellet gumming up the digestive tract or crop of individual birds over 10,000 years.

Next time you get a UPS package with the damned styrofoam - raise hell!

Best in conservation of birds,

Timothy R Barksdale
Birdman Productions
P.O. Box 1124
65 Mountain View Dr.
Choteau, MT 59422

timothy -dot- barksdale -at- gmail -dot- com

On Feb 16, 2016, at 1:00 PM, tweeters-request at mailman1.u.washington.edu wrote:


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Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2016 13:18:51 -0800
From: "Diane W" <diane_weinstein at msn.com>
Subject: [Tweeters] Commentary: We all play a role in helping injured
To: "Tweeters" <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
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Dear Tweeters,

The following commentary appeared in My Edmonds News about a grebe that was entangled in fishing line off of the Edmonds pier.

The good news is that Edmonds will soon be implementing a Monofilament Fishing Line Recovery and Recycling Program with the remodel of the pier.

In addition, the following cities, counties and agencies have agreed to implement the program in designated areas:

Bellevue, Bothell, Bremerton, Chelan County - PUD, Clark County, Des Moines, Duvall, Edmonds, Everett, Federal Way, Kenmore, Kent, Jefferson County, King County, Kirkland, Lacey, Marysville, Mason County, Mercer Island, Monroe, Moses Lake, Mount Vernon, Newcastle, PenMet Parks, Port Angeles, Port of Everett, Port of Port Angeles, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, SeaTac, Seattle, Snohomish County, Vancouver, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Washington State Parks and Whatcom County.

We can all help wildlife by picking up and properly disposing of fishing line when we see it. It is a hazard to people, pets, and wildlife.

Diane Weinstein

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