Here's a possible cause of the aflockalypse: The company that makes Scotts Miracle-Gro fertilizer for your lawn could also be killing your songbirds.
Scotts pled guilty to charges that they illegally put insecticides into its "Morning Song" and "Country Pride" brands of bird seed. In 2008, Scotts distributed 73 million packages of bird seed coated with the insecticide Storcide II that was intended to keep insects from destroying the seed when it was broadcast onto your lawn or put into a feeder.
In fact, they stated this right on the package, which reads: "Toxic to birds, toxic to wildlife" and "Exposed treated seed may be hazardous to birds." But few of us read the fine print on bird seed packages and so almost no one noticed, until an executive at Scotts alerted the company to the problem.
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