Cat Among The Birds


This quick post is based on a recent Conservation Magazine article on the use of rainbow collars on outdoor or free-roaming cats to help reduce predation on birds and reptiles. The product, a multi-colored collar with reflective strips, was created to specifically help protect North American song bird populations and takes advantage of their strong ability to detect color. Reptiles also possess a strong ability to detect color so they may unintentionally benefit. Something to consider, a 2013 study published in Nature stated that “free-ranging domestic cats kill 1.3–4.0 billion birds and 6.3–22.3 billion mammals annually”.

About the Illustration:

Watercolor and colored pencil, I wanted to keep the image simple.

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