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Birdchick Podcast #94: Scott’s Wild Bird Food Fined For Selling Contaminated Birdseed

Whoa! Scott’s Wild Bird Food was fined $4.5 MILLION for 2 incidents that go back to 2008.  One is for selling bird seed contaminated with pesticides that their own staff ornithologist warned was toxic to birds and wildlife, the other was for selling lawn and garden products with falsified U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pesticide registration numbers.

This got my attention because the nature blogosphere was taking the National Wildlife Federation to task for partnering up with Scott’s as a sponsor. The NWF works to promote protecting the environment and protecting wildlife and you know, creating that whole Certified Backyard Habitat…partnering up with a major pesticide producer is a dangerous business.  As a result of public outcry, NWF announced they were ending their partnership with Scott’s.

In other news, are you ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count?  Mark your February 17 – 20 on your calendars!

Woman get’s kinglet caught in her hair.

Slow mo video of a goose flying upside down.

WildBird Magazine has a really great contest going.  All you have to do is make them chuckle with your most amusing birding adventure…

The murmuration video we were talking about.  Watch how the starlings use those crazy aerial moves to evade an aerial predator:


8 comments to Birdchick Podcast #94: Scott’s Wild Bird Food Fined For Selling Contaminated Birdseed

  • Brian

    I find your podcast to be nothing but fluff. ;) I kid of course. I look forward to them and always learn something.

    I once worked on the 13th floor downtown Mpls. One January day a Peregrin landed on the ledge outside my office. It sat there for a while before taking off, circling above a flock of Pigeons for a few seconds and then diving on them. Feathers flew and a few minutes later the Falcon deposited the carcass on the same ledge outside my office. The partially mangled Pigeon laid there for two months before Mr. Bird of Prey returned for it and carried it away. I had no idea Falcons cached food like that.

  • We’re fluffier than the butt of a least grebe!

    Brian, I WANT your office. They do cache food a little bit, that’s a good observation. When I did programs at The Raptor Center some of the ed falcons and owls tried to cache food. The male kestrels would stuff mice all over the place and then during breeding season they would whip one out as if to say, “See what a great hunter I am? I’d be an awesome mate!”

  • Tim H

    Just found some Scott’s safflower in my supplies. It’s now going in the garbage.

  • This video is so cool! It reminds me of the clouds of Mexican free-tailed bats that decorate the Houston skies at night. There is a colony under a bridge near my apartment. It’s an awe-inspiring sight.

  • Elaine

    Interesting podcast about Scotts. Now I would like your input regarding Scotts new birdseed “NutriThrive” – it contains supplements for wild birds. I just saw it at the store today and I’m puzzled.

  • Hey Elana, don’t those same bats also go to hummingbirds feeders too?

  • Kim

    I figured out the secret to a murmuration. Those birds have Borg technology :) They are working together as one mind.

    Love your podcast and I also agree with you that the crow wasn’t sledding.