How To Prevent Birds From Colliding With Manmade Objects

Birds can collide with manmade objects and this can happen very often. The question that always intrigued the scientists is why? Since it was accepted by everyone that birds use their sight as the first of their senses when they fly, it was a mystery why they could not see the obstacles in their way. The most unpleasant thing is that collisions with pylons, turbines and power lines lead to 25% of the juvenile and 6% of the adults’ deaths of endangered species like Ciconia ciconia (or the White Stork).
People have tried to understand the reason behind these accidents and also sought to find a way to warn the birds of the danger. They failed on the most part because, until now, they also tried to make the obstacles more noticeable for human eyes and not for the birds.
Studying their way of flying, scientists have come to two relevant conclusions: one, that birds don’t always look forward when they fly, most of the times they look for prey or interesting places on the soil, so their binocular vision makes them practically blind for the obstacles ahead; and two, that birds usually can’t adjust too much the speed at which they’re flying, so at high speed and in poor weather conditions, they are not able to adjust to the changes they encounter in their path. It also seems that birds are more attuned to the direction they are flying and don’t use their sight to look into open space. It mostly seems that they are guided by their instinct to maintain the right course, and not by their eyes.
The best method to help the birds and prevent accidents, is to make them aware of the danger through alerting sounds and signals that should be placed at some distance from the obstacle to give them time to adjust their direction.

Bad handling of waste liquids can cost you more than you can handle

If you have a business that produces waste liquids, then it is best that you treat this issue with great care. In order to have everything safe, you should make sure you have a drum, tank, or IBC to store your liquid wastes, and that they are regularly inspected so no leaks take place and immediately repair any fissures you may find. Also, it is important that you check the storing, loading and unloading area, so they are clean and tidy.

The reason it is so important to be careful with your liquid wastes is that the Environmental Protection Agency has very strict regulations and ignoring them can be really costly. The penalties and fees you could receive for not taking proper care of the residues you produce are pretty high. The material risks, although great, should not be your only concern. Along with the destruction that a fire starting from unkempt liquid wastes can produce, you also need to consider the pollution of air, soil and water that incident will imply. You may have material loses of your own and you’ll also need to repair the ecological damage you’ve done with your careless behavior.
Beside all this you may find yourself in the unfortunate situation where one of your workers or clients has an accident because you managed your waste liquids poorly. It could only be a slippery surface and someone falling because of it, or a much worse scenario. Either way, paying for the hospital bills, the compensation settlement or moral prejudice, won’t be a very light burden for your financial balance.

Avoiding these situations can be very easy, as long as you create a special place to deposit your waste and employ someone to come and collect it regularly. There are several companies on the market that can give you professional help for getting the residues out of your hair and also clean any related mess that could possible appear.

Lichens can cure chronic wasting disease in wildlife

This is another example of the way Mother Nature always provides a cure for any disease it creates. Scientists and ecologists have been fighting for about half a century with some kind of disorder they discovered in moose, wild elk, white-tailed deer and mule deer, on the American continent. This disease is called “chronic wasting disease” or CWD and it consists of important weight loss and abnormal behavior. After a certain period of time the infected animal will die. This disease is produced by a “prion”, which is a fraction of a protein that has infectious properties and can destroy some parts of the brain. Being so small and resistant, it is very difficult to destroy and it seems that more and more cases of CWD spread through the simple contact of the infected animal with a healthy one, or through infected soil. Also, there are no medicines for this disease, as it does not respond to antibiotics or any anti infection drugs.

This is the main reason of joy for the scientists who discovered that, in the lab, some enzymes found in lichens can break down the prions. Another very important fact is that lichens are naturally found in the wild, so the balance of nature won’t be disturbed by them. The lichens are neither a plant, nor an animal, but a symbiotic organism, made from algae, fungi and bacteria. This complex structure is probably the secret of their healing effect. It still remains to be seen if what has been discovered in lab conditions is going to prove right in nature. The ecologists and scientists hope that if the affected wildlife will consume the healing lichens, then the symptoms of chronic wasting disease will disappear and the animals will thus be saved from a tragic death. Although CWD has not spread to humans, the quicker it is eradicated, the better.