A chipping sparrow stuck to fly tape was brought to Medicine River Wildlife Centre on July 12. (Photo from Facebook)

A chipping sparrow stuck to fly tape was brought to Medicine River Wildlife Centre on July 12. (Photo from Facebook)

Fly tape a hazard for birds, says central Alberta wildlife centre

Medicine River Wildlife Centre helps release chipping sparrow

Medicine River Wildlife Centre wants to remind Central Albertans that sticky fly tape can catch more than just insects.

Unfortunately, birds are at risk of getting stuck to the tape, and can be unable to break free.

A chipping sparrow was brought to the centre on July 12 and staff had to carefully work to release the bird.

“Many in this situation are not as lucky as the feather damage can be significant, and the stress of struggling can be fatal,” the centre said about their patient.

“We are thankful to the finder as she acted quickly, learned a lot, and is removing all sticky fly tape from areas accessible by birds.”

For more information about potential hazards visit https://www.medicineriverwildlifecentre.ca/wildlife-conflict/hazards



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