Pick Up Litter

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Discarded plastic six-pack harnesses, used to hold cans of soda and beer, are a great hazard to birds and other wildlife. The harnesses are especially dangerous in water where they are practically invisible. Birds fishing or feeding in the water can easily entangle their bills and necks in the strong plastic rings. This usually leads to strangulation or starvation. Pick up any plastic six-pack holder you find and cut or pull apart the rings and recycle it. If possible, avoid buying products wrapped in these holders; most beverages are available with other packaging.

Fishing line (monofilament), kite string, and like material is also a danger to wildlife. Birds can become entangled in the line and be injured or killed. Pick up spent fishing line and string, cut it into small pieces and dispose of it properly. Monofilament fishing line is a recyclable product.

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