One Way To Get Rid Of Those Campaign Signs

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comes an excellent suggestion for what to do with all those moot campaign signs: Give them to a San Antonio bird shelter.

Last Chance Forever is actively seeking signs the thick, plastic-y signs made of Corex or Coroplast.

"We'd love to have those old signs for dozens of uses at our rehabilitation center. The bigger the signs, the better," says the organization, which calls itself a "Bird of Prey Refuge."

What do they do with them?

At LCF, we use this versatile material in many ways. Small signs are used to modify standard transport kennels so that the large metal mesh that can catch and damage feathers won't create a hazard for birds in transit.

Larger signs make easy-to-clean floor mats for perching birds. Rather than using newspaper once, a sheet of coroplast can be cleaned and reused for a year or more until it becomes brittle.

The largest signs become wall liners and shade screens in the birds' chambers. Keeping chambers clean is extremely important. Raptors are powerful, but they are also very susceptible to airborne pollutants and certain fungi like aspergillus, particularly when confined and convalescing. In particular, aspergillosis, an aspergilla infection, can quickly kill or cripple the lungs of a bird.

More info is available at raptor@ddc.net.

If any Houston organizations have similar needs or wants, let us know.

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