Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Happy Earth Day 2008!

On this year’s Earth Day, let us make a commitment to stop blaming cats for the disappearance of songbirds and start saving our rainforests to preserve their habitat.

According to Professor John Terbough of Duke University, “blaming cats for songbird decline is a facile and simplistic solution to a complex problem.” Research reveals that little can be done to restore songbirds to rural and suburban areas and suggests that conservation efforts should be directed towards consolidating and expanding large tracts of forest, in order to maximize habitat for nesting.

Yes, cats kill birds, so do foxes, snakes, raccoons, owls, the list goes on. Cats are predators and predators hunt; that’s what they do. Humans kill birds too; we hit them with our vehicles and planes, they fly into our windows and buildings, and our land development reduces their habitat and nesting areas.

Tropical deforestation is occurring at the rate of 142,000 to 200,000 square kilometers each year; that’s an area roughly the size of Florida! At this rate, the world’s remaining tropical forests will be depleted by 2030 and many species of songbirds will disappear along with them.

The long debate of bird versus cat has run its course, and in today’s day and age, with focus on the environment and ways to protect our planet, we need to stop the blaming and start the conserving!

Please do your part to minimize your footprint on Earth...GO GREEN! To find out some simple steps towards being green please visit http://www.lifegoggles.com/100-ways-to-save-the-planet/.

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