Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bird's nest - recycling rawks!

Here are some photos that I've been meaning to use for a long time. WW was trimming the bamboo when she came across this
bird's nest in bamboo with plastic
the twigs growing out of the interstice obviously make good support for a nest, and being inside the clump of bamboo is surely also good protection for the bird and her chicks (who were no longer there when WW cut the bamboo, in case you were wondering).
bird's nest in bamboo with plastic
What's interesting, though sad also in a way, is that the bird used bits of plastic as part of the nest. I suppose it's useful - strong, pliable and waterproof.
bird's nest in bamboo with plastic
bird's nest in bamboo with plastic
Plastic is a really useful material, but I only wish it was used more wisely... instead of, for example, chucking it into the ocean:
"The largest of these garbage swills is known as the Pacific Gyre, or The Great Garbage Patch.

It is roughly the size of Texas, containing approximately 3.5 million tons of trash. Shoes, toys, bags, pacifiers, wrappers, toothbrushes, and bottles too numerous to count are only part of what can be found in this accidental dump floating midway between Hawaii and San Francisco." (The Great Garbage Patch)

Here's someone who decided to make a boat out of plastic bottles to bring awareness to this ridiculous waste of resources

Recycle, reuse, reduce! You know it makes sense!
[Edit 20/10/2009: "Message from the Gyre" - a powerful messge, not for the squeamish!]


Urban Green said...

This is a nice post, Julian. And plastic for a nest....I didn't know that birds would be keen on it too...Sigh!

Aynur said...

I never heard of the Great Garbage Patch. That's gross :(

Thanks for the pictures of the nest.

julian said...

*Urban Green* - thanks :) One can only hope it doesn't leach nasty chemicals or something :/

*Aynur* - yes it is :((

Green thumb said...

Its equally surprising and disturbing to see that birds have used plastic in their nest. The menace of plastics is growing day by day and we as bloggers should take initiative to make people more aware of the consequences which lie ahead. Your post is a nice step in this direction. 'Recycle, reduce and reuse' should be our motto!!

julian said...

*Green thumb* - true I agree. It takes a little effort at first, but once it becomes a habit it's not so difficult.

James David said...

Its a sad thing to know that birds are using plastic as their nest material instead of twigs & dry leaves. Thanks for sharing this. Its truly sobering to note how much damage done without thinking.

julian said...

James - ya it's weird, but completely understandable too. The birds will use whatever is in their environment.

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