The scientists involved in the study warn that like a canary in a coalmine, birds reveal environmental health. This steep loss of bird populations, including some of the most common birds like sparrows and finches, shows that human impacts on the continent's environment mean it can no longer support the wildlife systems it once did.
Michael Gallacher/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Eric Andrew-Gee Published September 14, 2016 dated May 17, 2018
It is being reported the world has lost 50% of animal life in the last 40 years. How can this be sustainable?
The biggest reason is HABITAT.
Loss of habitat and altering of habitat. Some of it is due to increasingly freaky weather patterns. Birds depend on basically stable climate which means insects for their young at the right time.
Less insects, whether because of cold fronts and polar vortex shifting due to warming at the poles, means it’s harder for parents to feed the young.
Another factor could be pesticides building up in the environment, such as neo-nicotinoids accumulating in waterways, which interrupts the larval stage of many flying insects.
So all those swallows, swifts, flycatchers, and so on don’t have the flying bugs to feed their young. Less black flies? Yes, we might say “groovy!” but the birds are not laughing.
Then there is development, the cutting down of forests for agriculture, larger farms and loss of hedgerows and tangles, and the breaking up of large tracts of grassland.
I could go on, but you get the picture. When the birds have nowhere to live, nowhere to nest, well, it’s not rocket science to figure out that soon there won’t be any more birds where those things are happening.
And where are they not happening? Buildings, roads, factories, wars, dumps, mines, oil fields, oil spills, huge mono-culture farms, you name it, none of it is good for birds.
If the birds can't stay alive guess who will be next?
“We had an inkling that the administration wouldn’t go forward with the ban, so we needed to take action as a state,” said Oregon state Sen. Michael Dembrow, D-Portland, who sponsored one of the two bills.
But when the Oregon Legislature adjourned last month, both bills were still languishing in committee, having failed to reach the governor for her signature into law. More excuses from the Crash Test Dummies formally known as the Oregon State Legislature...
After the bill failed to pass, Dembrow said, he was counting on the EPA ban to come through. “I was very disappointed to see the news about the EPA, because that was kind of our last hope for getting something done quickly about chlorpyrifos.”
Yea like more dead brids, bats and bees.
The question is, "What are you going to do about the Gridlock in the Oregon State Legislature?" Are you going to get in the Bus with the rest of the Crash Test Dummies or vote them out of office???
By Sara Cassinelli, Website Content Specialist Friday, October 4, 2019 - 10:20 AM MDT
Did you know Idaho has 14 different species of bats? Bats play an essential role in our environment and are one of the most endangered land mammals in the United States. Learn how you can help bats and what to do if you see one outside or around your home in our October 2019 edition of Wildlife Express.
Be sure to mark your calendar for Bat Week, October 24-31. Visit batweek.org/ for more information. •Bats - October 2019 – [PDF, 6.2 MB] •Bat Activities – [PDF, 1.8 MB]
Our State Senator Arnie Roblan believes the solution to pollution is dilution. The solution to pollution is voting people like Sen Roblan out of office. He has pocketed over one million in campaign donations (influence money.) Next election.....anybody but Arnie Roblan.