WMC Conservation Newsletter Summer 2018- World Conservation

Marine Life vs. Plastic

The photographer freed this stork from a plastic bag
at a landfill in Spain. By JOHN CANCALOSI

“The really sad thing about this is that they’re eating plastic thinking it’s food,” says a marine biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration named Mathew Savoca, of seabirds and marine animals. For example, flesh-footed shearwaters are seabirds that nest near Australia and New Zealand. Researchers have found that they “Consume more plastic as a proportion of their body mass than any other marine animal.” As a result, these animals expend precious energy searching for food, often only to return with more plastic for their young. According to Savoca, “Single-use plastics are the worst. Period. Bar none,” such as straws, water bottles, and plastic bags. To date, nearly 700 species of marine animals have been reported to have eaten or become entangled in plastic. To read the original article and others about the environmental effects of plastic, check out the June 2018 issue of National Geographic magazine.

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Kate Keets VM2021

WMC Conservation Chair

WMC Conservation Newsletter Summer 2018- Illinois Conservation

Bird Justice – Migratory birds and the laws that protect them

In April of this year, five men were indicted by a federal grand jury for alleged baiting and luring of migratory birds on guided hunting trips through their company Show Me Your Snows. The men were charged with two felonies: violation of the Lacey act and allowing the unlawful sale of wildlife, as well as misdemeanors for baiting wildlife and using an electronic calling device to lure geese or ducks to be killed. Read the full article here.

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 is a U.S. federal law to protect birds that migrate between the U.S. and Canada. Later amendments included Mexico, Japan, and Russia. The Act makes it unlawful, without a waiver, to pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill or sell birds listed within the act as migratory birds, live or dead, as well as any parts of the birds such as feathers, eggs, and nests. Some notable exceptions are the eagle feather law, which regulates the taking, possession and transport of bald and golden eagles and their parts for scientific, educational, and depredation control purposes, or for religious purposes of American Indian tribes.

Migratory Birds in Flight


The Lacey Act of 1900 is a conservation law that prohibits the trade of wildlife, fish and plants that have been taken, possessed, transported, or sold illegally. The law makes allowances for the Secretary of the Interior to aid in restoring game and birds in parts of the U.S. where they have become extinct or rare, as well as regulating the introduction of animals to places where they have not existed previously. Today, the Lacey act is primarily used to prevent the importation or spread of potentially dangerous non- native species.

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Kate Keets VM2021

WMC Conservation Chair

It Takes A Village!

While the weather may not agree, the wild animals of Illinois seem to have decided that springtime is here! Our clinic is once again filling with orphaned infant and juvenile animals in need of care. At the same time, our student volunteers are coming to the end of the school year and have been studying for their last rounds of exams. So how do you split the care of these orphans between those already crunched for time? Hard work and organization!

Some orphans, like this litter of 8 baby Virginia opossums, need to be fed 5 times a day at 7 a.m., noon, 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

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