Date: 3/30/21 4:43 pm From: catherine paris <cparis12010...> Subject: Water features for birds toxins Please read and inform your towns also!
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Back in 1985 I had the great fortune to work with one of the pioneers of bio ecological solutions. His specialty was restoring and protecting water supplies.
John Todd of Ocean Arks International eventually won EPA's man of the year for producing drinking water from septage and effluent waste/by product from the city of S. Burlington and the Magic Hat Brewery in VT. He used ONLY a greenhouse and plants. The pesticides, cosmetics, antibiotics, disease organisms were removed emulating mother nature. Please check out his canal clean up in China, industrial waste site in MD and the Corkscrew Swamp Audubon's installation. He operates only as a nonprofit and his designs are now in use throughout the world.
My point is that you absolutely must not trust company's that assure you things are safe or have clever names like greensafe or bioclean. Safe for humans, wildlife, fish, pets DOES NOT mean safe for birds. In fact, one popular product to rid algae from waterfalls specifically lists toxic to birds. (go directly to company website - not middleman ads) and dig through the paper work. Some companies boast a list of things like organic certificates etc. Find the actual paper with ALL the specifics. You will be saddened to find most of the peroxide based algaecides (registered products mostly) have under Environmental Hazard: This product is toxic to birds, ...bees...amphibians in mating seasons etc.
Please use due diligence. I know you all care. And yes, you can have clean clear water without hurting your very important bird gardens.
Catherine Paris <cparis12010...> Ozark County
The Missouri Birding Society's Wild Bird Discussion Forum