Seeing a balloon or a sky lantern float gently upward and drift away seems peaceful, even beautiful — until you realize what happens next. People release them with the best of intentions, often with deep feelings. But these same people would be horrified if they saw some of the effects of their actions.
Sadly, what at first seems harmless poses real dangers to birds, other wildlife, and humans. Check out the excellent article by Matt Markey, outdoor columnist for the Toledo Blade. Let’s find other ways to celebrate and to remember.