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BeProvided Conservation Radio

BeProvided Conservation Radio takes you from the Santa Cruz Mountains to Africa with expert interviews in wildlife biology, conservation, environmental education, nature writing, nature art/photography, eco tourism and much much more.  Learn how you can help close to home and worldwide to protect our natural world.

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Introduction and Outro done by friend of the podcast, Dale Willman, award winning journalist! Thank you Dale for this wonderful contribution!

Oct 15, 2019

Assemblyman Richard Bloom next RATS bus poster

Hello everyone welcome back to BeProvided Conservation Radio, this is your host, Marcia Sivek. In today’s episode I speak via telephone with Lisa Owens Viani, cofounder of Raptors are the Solution or in short RATS. We discuss the topic of rodenticides or rat poison that seems to me, to be the DDT of our times and it is very important to learn more about this topic because our wildlife is being greatly affected, such as raptors (owls, hawks, eagles) and animals such as bobcats, mountain lions and even our own beloved pet cats and dogs. Research has even shown that rodenticides are finding their way into slugs, snakes and even sea otters.


This is a heavy subject because it seems like such a big feat to take on but Lisa has done so and started a movement. This is what keeps her going.


Also in todays episode we will discuss an important assembly bill AB 1788 created by assemblyman Richard Bloom from Santa Monica. Just after this episode was completed, Lisa contacted me that there will be a sign-on letter and petition going to Governor Newsom to take action on this AB 1788 To find out more about this petition coming up, please sign up for RATS e newsletter at or visit Raptors are the Solution Facebook page if you would like to learn more and take action. 


Now onto today’s show!