[Tweeters] Birds Rescued After Being Caught Up in Fishing Line

Diane Weinstein diane_weinstein at msn.com
Tue Jan 1 12:13:57 PST 2019

In addition to a post yesterday on Western Washington Birders about a Rhinoceros Auklet being rescued after being tangled up in fishing line at the Edmonds fishing pier, there is an article in today's (Jan. 1st) Seattle Times about a very kind and brave young man who rescued a gull caught up in fishing line at Green Lake.

A similar incident with an American Coot strangling on fishing line at Yellow Lake was the driving force behind the start of the state wide Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program.

Monofilament fishing line is an indiscriminate killer of birds and other wildlife and it takes over 600 years for it to break down in the environment. Since starting this program, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has recovered 142,345 feet of monofilament fishing line.

If you see discarded fishing line, please pick it up and dispose of it properly.


Tourist braves chilly Green Lake to rescue seagull tangled in fishing line | The Seattle Times<https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/tourist-braves-chilly-green-lake-to-rescue-seagull-tangled-in-fishing-line/>
The bird was tangled in a fishing line attached to a nearby tree, so he sprang into action.

Diane Weinstein
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