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FOAM Lecture: Rat Poison is Wildlife Poison

January 15 @ 7:30 pm

Because the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center remains closed to visitors, monthly lectures sponsored by Friends of the Arcata Marsh are being delivered via Zoom. The next lecture, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, is titled “Rat Poison Is Wildlife Poison” and will be presented by Humboldt State University by master’s candidate Jaime Carlino.

Rodenticide use is pervasive worldwide and its costs to rodent-consuming wildlife species, as well as pets and children, are high, said Carlino, who is studying barn owls in Napa vineyards.

She is a founder of the local chapter of RATS (Raptors Are The Solution), a nonprofit organization working with NGOs, agencies, scientists, municipalities and individuals to eliminate toxic rodenticides from the food web and educate the public about the harmful effects of widespread use of these poisons and the ecological role of rodent-consuming wildlife species such as raptors.

A great-horned owl has a gopher in its mouth. (Photo by Joe Galkowski)

Hatching HUM-RATS in 2019 was inspired by Carlino’s passion for raptors and her desire to effect positive change for wildlife in and beyond Humboldt County. She will start her FOAM program with a brief overview of rodenticides and their effects on a variety of non-target species, then describe what RATS and HUM-RATS are doing to address this issue, and provide information about how to manage rodent issues without using poisons.

A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. This talk will be recorded and posted online for future viewing. Those wishing to receive an email notification announcing when any FOAM-sponsored Zoom presentations are posted should send a request to sueleskiw1@gmail.com. (FOAM members, volunteers, and attendees of past lectures will automatically receive such notification.)

The Zoom Meeting ID for this program is 208 672 0150. Join the Zoom meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2086720150 or by phone at 1-669-900-9128. (No password is required.)


January 15
7:30 pm