Missing Spring Songs


Now that spring is here – and might even feel like it soon – it’s time to let the songbirds sing – that means don’t let them get eaten. According to scientists, as many as 3.7 billion birds of every kind are eaten by stray or out-the-door house cats every year in the U.S. That’s a lot of spring songs we’ll never hear. Cat lovers, please keep your cats indoors. I’d like less of what they leave behind on my lawn, too. Unless you live on a farm where cats have real work to do, city cats love longer, healthier, safer and do less harm when you keep them home.

Contributed by: Luke A. Boyd & O. Luke Adair Katz

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Walt Pickut
Walt Pickut’s writing career began with publishing medical research in1971 while working at the Jersey City Medical Center and the NYU Hospital and School of Medicine. Walt holds board registries in respiratory care and sleep technology as well as bachelor's degrees in biology and communication, and a master's degrees in physiology from Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey, with additional graduate work in mass communication completed at SUNY Amherst. He currently teaches Presentational Speaking in the Houghton College PACE program at JCC and holds memberships in the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He lives in Jamestown with his wife Nancy, an MSW social worker, and has three children: Dr. Cait Lamberton in Pittsburgh, Bill Pickut, a marketing executive in Chicago, and Rev. Matt Pickut in Plymouth, IN.