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S.O.S. for Spoonbills

Spoonbill by Mark Vance/flickr.comSpoonbills depend on healthy wetlands for their survival. But many swamps, marshes, and other wetlands are in trouble. For years, they have been drained, cleared, filled in, and built over. Other problems include pollution and changes in water levels because of our changing climate. One result is fewer and fewer spoonbills and other wading birds.

Many people are working hard to protect the wetlands that remain. There are even things you and your family can do to help. Look at it this way: Anything you put down your drain or on the land can end up washing into waterways and wetlands. So follow these tips at home:

  • Use less water.
  • Use the garbage disposal less. (Compost more food waste.)
  • Be careful with hazardous materials. For example, never pour paint down the drain.
  • Avoid pesticides in your yard.
  • Clean up after your pet.
  • Be sure your car doesn’t have any leaks.

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