PRACTICE THE THREE R's: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE.
HELP US SAVE WILD LIVES.
Use environmentally safe cleaning products: Baking Soda, Vinegar, Lemon Juice,
your home or business. It is not necessary to use all the chemical products that
are on the market today. Some contain
agents that can cause allergy, asthma and other
physical problems. These chemicals remain in our environment and expose
Use cloth diapers when at home and disposables only when
away from home. Disposables
are not biodegradable and will still be in the landfill long after
the child who wore them is gone.
Instead of using paper towels, buy inexpensive dish towels
and toss them in the washer as you use them. Another
way to save trees is to buy only recycled
paper. And instead of paper napkins, you can buy washcloths and treat them
the same way you
do your recyclable towels
Use natural fiber sheets and clothes. Manufactured
fabrics are made out of plastic, a petrol-chemical (oil) that is toxic
to our bodies. Be sure to wash them and any other
newly-purchased fabric to remove
the chemicals applied, called "Finish". This chemical keeps the fabric freshly
and wrinkle-free during shipping and selling. At times, the chemical used is formaldehyde, a
We found it interesting that at a Funeral Director's Convention back in the
late 80s, it was stated that: "It
is no longer necessary to embalm the human body. We
are exposed to so many preservatives that the body no longer decays
DO NOT use poisons for pests -- non-targeted species (the good ones)
also poisoned. STW has treated many Birds of Prey who have eaten Strychnine-poisoned squirrels. Old-fashioned
rat traps are still the best. Don't use glue boards -- birds often
become stuck to them and are helpless (we have
seen plenty of this, too).
Cut up string, yarn and 6-pack plastic rings. Animals can
entangled and die a horrible death at the dump, beach, park, and in waterways.
Take a little
extra time when shopping to look for and buy recycled
and environmentally friendly products. Refuse to buy Styrofoam
products or aerosol cans.
Purchase reusable pump sprayers & refills in wax-coated paper cartons.
Use "Lemon Joy" to rid your pets of fleas instead of
toxic flea collars and sprays. Animals absorb
the poison from them into their blood stream and
are poisoned, too.
Don't use poison
sprays to rid your home of fleas,
roaches or other pesky insects. Instead, use Borax. For fleas, vacuum your carpet and
throw away the bag. Then sprinkle Borax powder on the carpet and furniture, and work the
Borax in with a broom or brush.
Also sprinkle it around floorboards and pet sleeping
areas. Don't vacuum for 1 week. Repeat every two months. You
can also purchase lizards
from pet stores that eat roaches. They only come out at night and are completely
(except to roaches, spiders and ants).
WILDLIFE & THE GREAT OPEN ROAD
Deer, raccoons and other animals are nocturnal and often forage for food along the roadways at night. This often
puts them in danger of being hit. If there is no oncoming traffic, set your headlights on high to increase roadside visibility.
night, watch for red or gold reflective orbs alongside the roadways -- they may be animal eyes. Be aware that if one animal
is sighted, others may be near. This is especially important during the summer months, when baby animals are following their
Be very cautions in undeveloped urban areas. For animals, this is all the safe habitat they have left in which
to hide, forage for food and live.
Pay attention to the orange and black "Wildlife Crossing" signs -- these
are known "Wildlife Corridors".
If you know of an unmarked wildlife crossing area, please contact the Department
of Transportation and take responsibility to have a sign placed.
If you see an animal along the road ahead, slow your
vehicle, flash your headlights and tap the horn. Be aware that a frightened animal may panic, turn in circles, run towards
your car or in the opposite direction than expected.
When you see an animal dead on or alongside the road, slow down
and look around carefully. Other animals feed on roadside carrion, or it could be a mother with young near.
If you wish
to help save wild lives, carry a box, old towels and blanket with you in the trunk of your car. This emergency kit will help
you rescue injured animals to take to the nearest rehabilitator or vet.
If an animal is hit unavoidably, stop to see
if the animal is still alive. If so, and it can be done safely, place the animal in a box and call the Game and Fish Commission
for a rehabilitator's phone number. When traveling away from home, most veterinarians work with or know rehabbers, so
look for a Animal Clinic.
There is a new product on the market that attaches to your vehicle bumper. We don't know
how effective it is or the statistics on it, but anything to save wild lives is worth trying. This device emits a high-pitched
whistle only heard by animals when the vehicle is moving, to warn them away. It is usually sold in sporting goods stores.