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Where Balloons Go

Posted on Dec 8, 2014

This is where balloons end up once they are let go. I cannot tell you how many times I have come across large bunches of balloons while outdoors in even remote and otherwise pristine locations. We even end up spotting them during hawk watching every year! While most folks rather innocently do not think about the end game once they let go of that string we should be aware of the consequences of our actions and how potentially deadly they are to birds and all wildlife. Released lighted lanterns may be pretty but where are they going to end up? Not floating off into space. I am always surprised they do not start more fires. Please keep in mind that even though we no longer see them as they ascend into the atmosphere they will come crashing down once again to pollute our planet.

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Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator