Rap­tors are help­ing with ro­dent con­trol

Zoom talk looks at man­ag­ing ro­dent is­sues with­out us­ing poi­sons

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Join the Red­wood Re­gion Audubon So­ci­ety on­line Fri­day at 7 p.m. for a Zoom pre­sen­ta­tion ti­tled “The Eco­log­i­cal Role of Rap­tors and the Im­pacts of Rat Poi­son” with speaker Jaime Car­lino.

Ro­den­ti­cide use is per­va­sive world­wide and the costs to ro­dent-con­sum­ing wildlife species such as rap­tors, as well as pets and chil­dren, are high, said Car­lino.

Rap­tors Are The So­lu­tion is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion work­ing with a coali­tion of NGOs, agencies, sci­en­tists, mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and in­di­vid­u­als to elim­i­nate toxic ro­den­ti­cides from the food web. RATS and its re­gional chap­ters en­cour­age peo­ple to be proac­tive in man­ag­ing ro­dent is­sues with­out the use of poi­sons. As a re­gional chap­ter of RATS, the HUMRATS’ (Hum­boldt Rap­tors are the So­lu­tion) mis­sion is to ed­u­cate Hum­boldt County res­i­dents about the harm­ful ef­fects of wide­spread use of toxic ro­den­ti­cides, and the crit­i­cal role played by ro­dent-con­sum­ing wildlife species such as rap­tors.

Car­lino will give a brief over­view of ro­den­ti­cides, their ef­fects on a va­ri­ety of non-tar­get species, de­scribe what RATS and HUM-RATS are do­ing to ad­dress this is­sue, and pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on how to man­age ro­dent is­sues with­out us­ing poi­sons.

Car­lino is a long­time bird lover who stud­ies wildlife man­age­ment at Hum­boldt State Uni­ver­sity. She in­ves­ti­gated barn owl nest box se­lec­tion in Cal­i­for­nia’s Cen­tral Val­ley agri­cul­tural ecosys­tems for her un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree. Her master’s de­gree work will fo­cus on barn owls in Napa Val­ley’s agri­cul­tural ecosys­tems.

Car­lino hatched HUMRATS in 2019 be­cause she rec­og­nized the im­por­tance of poi­son-free ecosys­tems to the di­verse ar­ray of wildlife that oc­curs in Hum­boldt County.

If you’d like to re­ceive up­dates from HUM-RATS, search “Hum­boldt Rap­tors Are The So­lu­tion” on Face­book and “humrats” on In­sta­gram. Visit http://rras.org/ home.aspx to ob­tain the link for this Zoom pre­sen­ta­tion.

PHOTO BY JOE GALKOWSKI

Pic­tured is a great horned owl with prey.

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