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Thursday, September 19, 2019

The number of birds in the United States and Canada has fallen by 29 percent since 1970, scientists reported on Thursday. There are 2.9 billion fewer birds taking wing now than there were 50 years ago. The analysis, published in the journal Science, is the most exhaustive and ambitious attempt yet to learn what is happening to avian populations. The results have shocked researchers and conservation organizations. ... "We were stunned by the result -- it's just staggering," said Kenneth V. Rosenberg, a conservation scientist at Cornell University and the American Bird Conservancy, and the lead author of the new study.

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Killed by wind turbines?

#1 | Posted by sawdust at 2019-09-19 05:26 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#1

Worthwhile trade-off.

#2 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-09-19 05:38 PM | Reply

Eating poisoned bugs and worms

#3 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2019-09-19 05:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

killed by under-regulated corporations so you can get fat on cheap corn syrup

#4 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2019-09-19 06:02 PM | Reply

We're poisoning the water, soil, food supply, fisheries, and air.

We're killing animals, fish, birds, bees, and living soil.

Meanwhile, all democrats want to focus on is climate change.

#5 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-09-19 06:26 PM | Reply

#5 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

Oh, you don't believe Trump when he says America's air and water are the cleanest ever?

It's Democrats who are trying to protect those things. Your side believes the environment was given to corporations by God himself to do with what they please.

Focusing on climate change is a huge part of the solution. Cutting down on pollution - get it?

#6 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2019-09-19 06:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Your side believes...

#6 | POSTED BY DEREK_WILDSTAR "

Binary people are so unimaginative. Do y'all have onlytwo meals, either chicken, rice, and broccoli or ham, potatoes, and green beans? Is it unimaginable to y'all that someone might want green beans with their chicken meal instead of broccoli?

Why do you think it impossible that someone can hold a compbination values that each side claim as their own?

You monochrome voters are so boorish and unimaginative.

#7 | Posted by goatman at 2019-09-19 07:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

They are getting Windmill cancer and then committing suicide by running into the blades.

#8 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2019-09-19 07:04 PM | Reply

It's Democrats who are trying to protect those things.

Oh bull.

"Your side ..."
#6 | POSTED BY DEREK_WILDSTAR

My side? I post more pollution and earth poisoning articles on this site than any other poster. I've railed against Monsanto, Big Ag, Big Pharma, and every other major earth polluter since I arrived here.

What I don't support is fake initiatives agreed upon at black tie galas by rich, privileged do-nothings who have no intentions of decreasing their own contribution to the problem.

#9 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-09-19 07:33 PM | Reply

--Focusing on climate change is a huge part of the solution. Cutting down on pollution - get it?

You have no evidence this is due to global warming rather than, habitat loss due to population growth and development.

#10 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-09-19 07:52 PM | Reply

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Meanwhile, all democrats want to focus on is climate change.

#5 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

While the Repubs not only focus on none of it, but actively peruse policies to increase said poisoning.

Why no mention of that, Mr "Progressive"?

#11 | Posted by jpw at 2019-09-19 07:56 PM | Reply

We're poisoning the water, soil, food supply, fisheries, and air.

Not exactly, strangely WaterFowl is actually greater in numbers.

The cause is generally attributed to population growth, and as a consequence agricultural expansion into natural habitats.

Focusing on climate change is a huge part of the solution. Cutting down on pollution - get it?

Actually it would be cutting down on population growth in NorthAmerica, but hey keep the borders open and immigration going fullsteam ahead.

#12 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-09-19 08:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

One bright spot the researchers found was that wetland birds have made recoveries, driven largely by increases among waterfowl such as ducks, geese and swans. "It's because of the strong constituency of recreational waterfowl hunters who raised their voice, put money where their mouths are and saw to it that conservation programs and policies were put in place," Rosenberg says. "Billions of dollars [were] invested into wetlands [and] into wildlife refuges. The North American Wetlands Conservation Act was enacted in the late 1980s. All of these things were responsible for the turnaround." The study also found that raptors such as bald eagles have rebounded after legislation extended protections for these birds and banned the pesticide DDT"thanks in part to Silent Spring.

Sillett says that birders and bird enthusiasts could learn from hunters' conservation efforts. "The rest of us who enjoy birds that are not game species, we've got to think of ways that we can contribute to their conservation," such as taxing hiking or bird-watching equipment to support conservation programs, he says. "I think we all need to throw in a bit and think about how we can come up with a broader model of conserving our wildlife that's patterned after the waterfowl program."
www.scientificamerican.com

Hunters .... go figure ... better than any government could do.

#13 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-09-19 08:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The birds in my backyard go through about $100 worth of feed per month.

I think they hand out leaflets or something. 15 minutes after filling the feeders, the place looks like a convention.

It could be CB radios.

#14 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-09-19 09:11 PM | Reply

"The birds in my backyard go through about $100 worth of feed per month.
I think they hand out leaflets or something. 15 minutes after filling the feeders, the place looks like a convention.
It could be CB radios.

#14 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM "

It's a trick they learned from their mariner cousins, the seagulls. You may see one or two on a secluded stretch of beach, but throw a snack in the air and suddenly the sky is full of them. It's mystifying. It's like a sub-space portal senses carbon based goodies and opens up allowing them to swarm in

#15 | Posted by goatman at 2019-09-19 09:23 PM | Reply

They are getting Windmill cancer and then committing suicide by running into the blades.

#8 | Posted by LauraMohr

Here's the proof!

#16 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-09-19 09:44 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Birds, butterflies and bees are all disappearing from our skies at alarming rates.

#17 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-09-19 10:04 PM | Reply

#14 | Posted by SheepleSchism

We have many very tall trees on our property and lots of bird activity.

The weirdest thing I've witnessed was during l2017's total lunar eclipse. It went from bird chatter to dead silence *like that*.

#18 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-09-19 11:04 PM | Reply

I can watch birds all day. We feed the squirrels too. My wife put out this waterer that hangs upside down and works like a gravity cat waterer. The squirrel figured out how to tilt it and get the water to flow....hilarious watching him.

#19 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-09-19 11:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

- total lunar eclipse. It went from bird chatter to dead silence *like that*.

That's wild.

#20 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-09-19 11:36 PM | Reply

I can watch birds all day. We feed the squirrels too. My wife put out this waterer that hangs upside down and works like a gravity cat waterer. The squirrel figured out how to tilt it and get the water to flow....hilarious watching him.
Posted by SheepleSchism

With lots of available food, squirrels on our property fend for themselves well. It's been fun watching generations who live in a big oak tree on one side of our house. The tree canopy goes clear across the backyard, so they can avoid the dogs completely.

Shortly after we caught our littlest guy one bitterly cold night when he was running the streets just to stay warm (no one was looking for him), he started barking incessantly at the squirrels as they crossed the canopy. To solve that, I put on a 'no bark collar' that beeps louder and louder the longer they bark.

The next day my wife and I spotted him, head pointed vertically at the canopy, barking in a whisper. It was hilarious!!

On another note, how's that new guitar working out for you?

#21 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-09-19 11:41 PM | Reply

I've been watching the hummingbirds at the feeder since May. The sightings have been dwindling down to 1 or 2 a day, then none today. I will miss them until they return again next spring.

#22 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-09-19 11:44 PM | Reply

I have a Yorkie that is squirrel crazy. His favorite activity is chasing them up the tree then barking and sniffing the trunk while they chatter safely from the first branch. It's hilarious to watch a wise squirrel run up just above his jumping height, turn around, and taunt him. hahhaha.

On another note, how's that new guitar working out for you?
I love the Tele. It's a very versatile instrument....a real keeper. I'm shopping Gretch Falcons right now, but have to wait until after I move to Oregon in 2 weeks.

#23 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-09-19 11:51 PM | Reply

This is fake news!
The roof of my car is proof.

#24 | Posted by bored at 2019-09-19 11:52 PM | Reply

I also like the Yamaha SA2200 and Ibanez John Scofield...335 clones. I'll probably get one of this and the Falcon. maybe the Setzer Black Phoenix with TV Jones.

#25 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-09-19 11:54 PM | Reply

- The roof of my car is proof.

I have a tree over my driveway...I concur.

#26 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-09-19 11:55 PM | Reply

#23 | Posted by SheepleSchism

Sounds like you're gonna have some fun. Enjoy!

#27 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-09-19 11:58 PM | Reply

Eating poisoned bugs and worms

#3 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2019-09-19 05:55 PM | Reply | Flag:

You have hit it.

Sawderp regurgitated baloney.

#28 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-09-20 06:59 AM | Reply

"The weirdest thing I've witnessed was during l2017's total lunar eclipse. It went from bird chatter to dead silence *like that*.

#18 | POSTED BY AMERICANUNITY"

You mean solar eclipse.

Lunar eclipses can only happen (be seen) at night and birds are roosting then.

#29 | Posted by goatman at 2019-09-20 07:56 AM | Reply

Killed by wind turbines?
#1 | Posted by sawdust

That and climate change.

#30 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-09-20 10:42 AM | Reply

"Your side ..."
#6 | POSTED BY DEREK_WILDSTAR
My side? I post more pollution and earth poisoning articles on this site than any other poster. I've railed against Monsanto, Big Ag, Big Pharma, and every other major earth polluter since I arrived here.
What I don't support is fake initiatives agreed upon at black tie galas by rich, privileged do-nothings who have no intentions of decreasing their own contribution to the problem.
#9 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

And yet support a President that slashes the EPA to shreds and opens national parks and protected lands to drilling and mining.

You're a joke. Not a funny one. Just a sad one.

#31 | Posted by Sycophant at 2019-09-20 12:20 PM | Reply

"I've railed against Monsanto, Big Ag, Big Pharma, and every other major earth polluter since I arrived here."

Rebel Without A Party.

#32 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-09-20 12:24 PM | Reply

"And yet support a President that...
#31 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT"

...has replaced the "you hate America" cry of the left to those who disagee with them.

Time to look for a new meme, guys.

#33 | Posted by goatman at 2019-09-20 12:26 PM | Reply

"Birds Are Vanishing from North America"

Too many feral cats.

#34 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2019-09-20 12:30 PM | Reply

There is a such thing as climate Change.
There is NO such thing as MAN MADE climate change.

#35 | Posted by boaz at 2019-09-20 02:00 PM | Reply

Boaz, that's just dumb.

CO2 is a greenhouse gas.
If you can't tell the difference between being outside and being in a greenhouse...
Congratulations, you built that!

#36 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-09-20 02:22 PM | Reply

There is a such thing as climate Change.
There is NO such thing as MAN MADE climate change.

#35 | POSTED BY BOAZ

Really? Because every government agency outside of the Oval Office disagrees with you including the Pentagon. China and Russia disagree with you. 99.5% of climate scientists disagree with you. In fact, I can't find a single peer reviewed paper that agrees with you in the last 10 years.

The only question is to what degree man is changing the climate: a little or a lot.

But hey, that half years of kindergarten taught you better huh?

#37 | Posted by Sycophant at 2019-09-20 04:05 PM | Reply

Dear Ndugu and/or gender-equal precursors of the child,

The dramatically increased carbon footprint of incorporating little Ndugu into a modern Western lifestyle would involve the expenditure of way too many fossil fuels and other fossil-fuel-based resources to even consider little Ndugu, even if he were to become a nuclear physicist, or a kang, or some shieet. Sorry, but you have to go back.

-Globohomo EU/UN/ETC

#38 | Posted by berserkone at 2019-09-21 02:38 AM | Reply

Also, you have to eat bugs. And corpses.
Tschuess! ~Mutti Merkel and EUrocrats

#39 | Posted by berserkone at 2019-09-21 02:40 AM | Reply

The only question is to what degree man is changing the climate: a little or a lot.

Actually, no it's not. Man has no effect on the climate. Maybe the environment with plastic and such. But not the climate.

#40 | Posted by boaz at 2019-09-22 01:41 PM | Reply

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