Join the North Cascades Audubon Society for a virtual presentation about the plight of birds and plastic pollution. Registration is free, but required. Participants will receive an email confirmation with the Zoom registration info once they sign up.
Life in the wild is a constant hunt for sustenance. But currently, what may seem like a nourishing morsel to a bird may actually be a deadly piece of plastic. Among other problems with plastic detritus, it absorbs toxic pollutants and when mistaken as food can poison birds and clog intestines. Discarded fishing gear entangles and debilitates birds and a multitude of other sea creatures. Plastics pollution is a growing cause of death to a number of wildlife species. As we learn more about how plastic refuse endangers our oceans and its critters, we can be inspired to adjust our behavior to stop this problem. This presentation defines the plight of our birds and offers action steps we can each take to end plastics pollution.
Chris Brewer is an Audubon Board member with a lifelong career in teaching and an ecology degree. She is currently working on environmental issues and is teaching Science and Psychology at Fairhaven College. Jaco ten Hove retired in 2017, after 30 years as a Unitarian Universalist minister in the Seattle area, to live in Bellingham Cohousing. With a longstanding interest in waste reduction, he quickly certified as a WSU Master Composter and Recycler and is avidly working towards solutions in waste management. Among other things, he manages two Cohousing waste corrals and parts of their compost zone, efforts that have saved $1000 a year by reducing landfill waste.
The North Cascades Audubon Society meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month, September through May. Monthly membership meetings are open to the public and feature guest speakers on topics related to natural history, environmental issues, natural resource management, birds and other wildlife, scientific research, and conservation. Programs are co-presented by the Whatcom Museum and currently held virtually to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
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