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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Halloween Decor Can Be Hazardous To birds (Another Tuesday's Truth for Segment 99)

In one of the entries on the Facebook Page for Mutts, a comic strip that I saw prompted me to add another segment to today's Tuesday's Truths series (I published one re ducks earlier this morning).

A copy of the Mutts strip which I am referring to can be seen atop this entry. With the strip this "commentary" is stated on the FB Page for Mutts: "As Halloween approaches, please keep your animal pal's safety in mind. Keep chocolate, candy, and other "people treats" out of reach. Remember that masks, wigs, and costumes can be frightening to animals. Use caution with holiday decor, as some items can be toxic or pose choking hazards. Be extra careful when lighting candles, especially when there are active pups or 'batty' kitties around. Any other tips you'd like to share?"

My response (where I included the picture below) is "Yes, since you asked! There ARE tips I'd like to share! In volume two of my book series (Words In Our Beak), the story teller, Cam, a female cardinal, explains to the reader that fake spiderwebs or fibrous decorations can be hazardous to birds. They can get trapped inside and unable to break the fiber. Cam also reminds folks that anything that dangles or flutters is a potential hazard. Moreover, "loop" decorations are also dangerous for birds, they can put their head inside and get caught! Halloween decor is only one part of Cam's story as she tells Words In Our Beak Volume Two readers about our urban avian community."


As readers of this blog surely know, Cam, is a female cardinal who visits my rooftop garden and inspired me to write the Words In Our Beak book series, where the stories are told from her perspective. The subject of how Halloween decor impacts birds is just one of many topics covered in volume two of her series.

Now, with 2018's Halloween being eight days from today, perhaps you should consider getting this particular book as a treat for those near and dear to you who appreciate birds (purchase info is at the end of this blog entry).

Moreover, if you haven't sent out your Halloween cards, my design for this year features an image of a Jack-O-Lantern being amused my trick-or-treating house finches! A picture of my card can be seen below.


It is available via FAA (Fine Art America) @ AND this card is perfect to serve as an invitation should you be hosting a Halloween soirée (FAA's price details can be seen below).


Hardcover versions of Volume One, Two and Three can now be found wherever books are sold.


Please click here to go to my blog post that provides details as to where you can get these books. Additionally, I have rendered some images from these books into other formats and they are available via Fine Art America (FAA). Some of my other photographs (Black & White CollectionKaleidoscopic Images and the famous Mandarin duck who visited NYC) can also be found on my FAA pages.

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