Saving the Raptors: What are Raptors and Why Save Them?
What are raptors? Raptors are birds of prey. In other words, birds that survive by consuming other animals. Generally they catch the critter, fly off with it and then eat it but sometimes they just take advantage of animal that has met his demise already.
There are raptors that live all across the world with a good number of them in the United States. Among them are the American Bald Eagle, Buzzards, Owls and Vultures, just to name a few. The Osprey (Sea Hawks), Hawks and Falcons are raptors as well.
Raptors tend to get a bad rap around the country. They are sometimes placed on the “naughty” list because they are birds of prey and do catch and kill their meals. But raptors aren’t all bad. They do a number of justices to the area in which they patrol such as keeping overpopulation to a minimum.
Because they are not always well received and therefore are not the most popular of birds, raptors are in grave danger these days. Many have made it to the Endangered Species list which is ultimately not a good thing because it means they are in big trouble.
Not only are birds of prey hunted (illegally), they are also endangered by modern technology. The dawning of aircrafts has caused countless deaths of raptors. Several years ago it was estimated that over 83,000 birds of prey died due to aircrafts. They can be hit, sucked in or knocked off-course due to the turbulence.
Pollution, toxins in the water and other factors are a concern too. The world of birds, especially raptors, is a shrinking one. Fortunately, some groups have stepped in to help.
Why save the raptors? Raptors are a part of history when it comes to birds in America. In fact, the symbol of the United States is the Bald Eagle. That’s just one of the many reasons to save the birds. Another reason is that the decrease of these birds indicate problems within our own environment. When raptors are dying, it’s never a good sign. If an area is too polluted and they are killing over, you can bet people that inhabit the area will be as well. Besides, just look at those faces. Owls, Falcons, Bald Eagles and many other raptors are depicted in many paintings and are the basis for many a stuffed animal. We just can’t help but love the creatures.
Not only are groups and individuals taking action by funding ways to save the raptor, technology efforts are helping too. Drones have been created and implemented that actually scare the raptors and cause them to flee the area. These drones are remote-controlled and are mostly in the form of Eagles and Falcons. They are attributed with saving many lives of birds of prey animals.
If you would like to get involved in helping to save the raptors, you can find a world of information online on how to do so. There are countless groups, many group-funding efforts, and a myriad of ways that you can truly make a difference. You can be part of the solution by getting involved today.