Learn, Participate, Conserve
Aside from keeping people informed about what is going on with our many iOS apps, we provide nature and conservation education using this website and blog. There are too many important issues facing our natural world to begin to cover in this one blog or even in thousands over many years, but there is one issue in particular we should focus on and never become complacent about, and that is educating the public about the effect outdoor cats have on our native bird and mammal populations. This isn't an anti kitty post, it's simply education about the devastating effects outdoor cats have on bird and mammal populations.
True story. Recently, I was called to a neighbor's house to help her daughter clean up the carnage left behind by their cat. The scene was indescribable. The photo shouldn't be posted, and my apologies if it offends anyone. This is an attempt to reach and appeal to the outdoor cat owners and urge them, at the very least, to refrain from adopting another outdoor cat once your current one is gone. Our songbird population is reduced by billions (that's with a B) annually because of unnecessary predation by cats. Mammal mortality also numbers in the billions because of cats. If the graphic image below (which shows the remains of a cardinal's body in front of the bed and the entrails in the top corner of the bed) isn't enough to encourage you to keep cats indoors, then remember that outdoor cats have significantly shorter lifespans than indoor cats. They can also bring fleas and ticks into the house which, as we know, is not healthy for other household pets or humans. So please keep wild birds and mammals in mind when you adopt, and keep cats warm and safe inside your home and critters alive and well outside in the natural world where they belong.