In the post right before this one I explained that last week a Laysan Duck had been seen swimming with a plastic ring around its neck in Monument Seep on Eastern Island. I am sorry to have to tell you that the duck was found dead this morning. The picture on the left shows the ring...but notice that the right-hand close-up shows the band is actually cut open. Therefore, before you throw a plastic ring away in your trash, please cut it COMPLETELY in half, meaning: into 2 pieces. We've learned from this duck's death that even a ring which has been cut open can still kill wildlife!
But let me tell you some good news: ever since some of us Laysan Ducks were moved from Laysan Atoll to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in 2004 and again in '05, most of us have been doing very, very well. Each sunrise brings the promise of positive changes for wildlife.