BirdLife: The Magazine Apr-Jun 2018 - Page 21

The island of South Georgia in the Atlantic Ocean is over 800 miles from the nearest land, but plastic is still being found there. Throughout the Pacific Ocean, albatross chicks are being brought up in nests made of plastic. And a recent BirdLife expedition to the remote Mid-Atlantic Ridge discovered seabirds with stomachs stuffed full of this manmade polymer. Plastic litter gets washed down drains, or blown off landfill sites – the only solution is to use less of it. 11 Say no to one-use plastics One moment in nature can spark a lifelong passion. Ask many bird lovers how they got started, and they’ll be able to single out a special encounter – no matter how small – that really opened their eyes to birds. In today’s world, children are becoming increasingly separated from nature, and the health and happiness it provides. Be the one to change this trend. Inspire the young people in your life to become tomorrow’s conservationists, who will carry our love for birds into the next generation. 12 Take your child birding To find out more about Year of the Bird, and to read exclusive articles from BirdLife, Audubon, Nat Geo and Cornell, please visit apr-jun 2018 • birdlife 21