We walked closer to see if the dogs had injured the bird or if it was able to escape them unscathed. As we came closer, we could see that a blue heron was motionless in the bushes. The majestic bird was completely tangled in fishing line.
We then unwrapped the line from the heron’s wing, body and leg, and I gently placed it in the water. It was clearly exhausted from trying to get free; who knows how long it had been struggling. Above you can see the Blue Heron's legs still wrapped with the fishing line. We had already released some of the line that had bound it to a small tree which was still wrapped around leg and body.
Lessons learned: So much fishing line and plastic is thrown away or discarded improperly, so that nature can become entangled and suffer and ultimately die. Our waterways and our oceans are so polluted with garbage and plastic. We are poisoning our planet and killing our wildlife.
On our last trip to Maui, Hawaii, we took a walk off the groomed beaches and this is what found was being washed in. Our oceans are filled with plastic residue, which is washing up onto our shores. The animals are ingesting the plastic as well as the petroleum toxins associated with those products and chemicals. Dire predictions suggest that by 2046 there will be no more edible fish in the oceans and what will be there will be so toxic.
When you see (or read about) one bird suffering and trying to free itself, think about the millions of birds we slaughter in the U.S. every year and the suffering that they go through. The difference we cannot think about is one is food, and one is a majestic blue heron. Each bird wants to live and survive and not become food for us. Try to bring to people the awareness about our footprint on the earth and what we are doing to cause such damage. We need to stop animal agriculture as it is one of the most polluting aspect of climate change and causes more CO2, methane and feces disposal problems. It is time to have our palates dictate an end to climate change by eating organic and more plants and plant- based products.