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Great Blue Heron entangled

Ardea herodias


This great blue heron was spotted with fishing line wrapped around it's lower leg and foot. The foot is pulled back at a 90 angle and the heron was limping badly. The bird would not let me approach and was able to fly off. Monofilament fishing line can be recycled. Over 40 Florida counties now have recycling bins in place.




Most fishing line that you can buy today is made of monofilament. It is a single-strand, strong, flexible plastic that is clear or tinted in a variety of colors. Most monofilament is non-biodegradable and can last many years depending on environmental conditions. Because it is thin and often clear, it is very difficult for fish, crustaceans, birds and animals to see, and they can easily brush up against it and become entangled in it. Once entangled, they may become injured, drown, get strangled or starve to death. The Monofilament Recovery & Recycling Program (MRRP) is a statewide effort to educate the public on the problems caused by monofilament line left in the environment, to encourage recycling through a network of line recycling bins and drop-off locations, and to conduct volunteer monofilament line cleanup events.

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Karen Hileman
Spotted by
Karen Hileman

Sebastian, Florida, USA

Spotted on May 25, 2011
Submitted on Aug 25, 2012

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