Satelkite

“Two more red kites have been confirmed by Scottish Government testing to have been illegally killed in north Scotland. … It is doubtful whether either of the corpses of these birds would have been found if the satellite tags had not been in place.” (http://www.rspb.org.uk/media/releases/406182-two-more-red-kites-found-illegally-killed-in-north-scotland)

If only there was a way to track where the birds were before their deaths.

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Die-phosate

“The trees appeared to have died suddenly. … Drill holes at the base of the trees [indicated] that a poison – most likely glyphosate – had been poured into these holes.” (http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blogs/woodland-trust/2015/07/trees-poisoned-in-lancashire-woodland/)

Monsanto’s glyphosate: now the poison of choice for arboricidal maniacs already intoxicated by drinking too much milk.

Rhyming Cygnet

“A poison used on cropland to kill rodents also killed at least a handful of more than 2,000 snow geese that fell dead from the sky in Idaho.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/05/16/us-usa-geese-idaho-idUKKBN0O100S20150516)

So, how much is a handful of goose?
The eco-detective follows the clues…
Snow fell from the sky like a blanket of fleece.
But how much is a handful of geese?
A poison on crops saves farmers on cats;
A dead goose in the hand’s worth a bushel of rats.

How Not To Lead

“Dapu’s lead problem made national headlines last June in an expose by state broadcaster CCTV, in which the head of the township was shown saying children might have raised their own lead levels by chewing on pencils.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/05/05/us-china-environment-idUKKBN0NQ2AA20150505)

HB, 2B etc. pencils will now be labelled Pb and will only write on roofs.

Catstailia

“The Australian government is currently working on a new poisoned bait, known as Curiosity, to help make a dent in the estimated 20m feral cats in Australia.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/17/rewilding-dingoes-help-reverse-decline-australias-native-wildlife)

Curiosity, as we all know, dented the cat.

Silhouette

“We hope that the reduction in reported illegal poisoning of birds of prey in 2012 will be maintained, and that we see a clear effect on the ground with birds of prey returning to our skies.” (http://www.rspb.org.uk/media/releases/354275-rspb-scotland-welcomes-government-report-into-wildlife-crime-in-scotland)

The effect on the ground is expected to be a bird-shaped shadow.