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In 2013 an article was published that said that cats kill up to 3.7 billion birds a year. This Science article says that bird populations have declined by 3 billion over 50 years. In my mind something does not compute.
Humans have an impact on bird populations; so do feral cats. If we have to eliminate one or the other I would not choose the humans.
The really sad this is that birds ARE decreasing in population and there are things we can do about some of the causes but instead we want to rationalize and diminish the risk; like we’ve done with global warming.
Cats, I blame cats.
Then I strongly urge you to get better informed on this issue.
Take a look at what The World Animal Foundation has to say.
“Focusing on cats diverts attention from the far more dangerous impact of humans. Too many media stories sidestep these realities to focus on sensational issues like cats’ imagined impact on birds…
“Make no mistake—habitat loss is the most critical threat to birds. With this exponential human population growth comes massive use of natural resources and rampant development: industrial activity, logging, farming, suburbanization, mining, road building, and a host of other activities. The impact on species from habitat destruction, pollution, fragmentation, and modification is alarming…”
Learn more here: https://www.worldanimalfoundation.com/companions/cats/feral-cats/
Does the original Science article mention causes? Is it caused by human activity as someone above claimed. What about naturally occurring bird influenza? West Nile virus?
How much was this article commissioned for?
I noticed nothing here that says the original article lied to us or even misrepresented the issue – ? Did I miss something?
It seems to me that the loss of 29% of bird biomass IS an alarming event, no matter how that’s split up among different species. And in fact, the loss among species that best coexist with humans would be MORE alarming if it arises from something that might be harming human health as well.
thanks for the article. when i first read the mainstream take on the original research, i thought something was off. afterall, how could the bird population go down so drastically in less than 10 years of “silent spring” where all the birds were gone in the first place?
i knew there was more to the story. i will share this, but sadly, this will become the new polar bear on the iceberg and virtually no one will ever read this article explaining the real breakdown in the numbers…….
Thank you for the article. It’s always important to qualify the sensationalist headlines we often see.
However, I don’t think people will end up walking away from the coverage with the wrong idea. Their takeaway will simply be that human activity has wiped out lots of birds since 1970, and that will be true.
Virtually no one will be skeptical of the finer points, because virtually no one cares enough or has time to do the reading required to understand them. The key, true message that needed to get through did get through, and that is an accomplishment these days.
So, all the numbers were right, but those publication hungry scientists made is sound worse than it is! Damn those scientists, always looking for that fat grant or publication. Sorry, sir. The numbers are pretty alarming. And I’m not consoled by your theory they were simply chased away.
Oh hey, is that Kent Clizbe, former CIA spook, professional climate change denier, and proprietor of “Credibility Assurance Consulting”, here to share his incredibly credible thoughts about “the workings of real science”?
There is a significant bird die-off happening and someone said something, some scientists decided to finally put some effort into communicating with the rest of humanity, out of deep and well-founded concern. And maybe it helped. That’s what I’ll remember in 20 years. But I’m sure folks like Kent Clizbe will still be out there selling their fool’s words by the pound.
Will this story eventually end up as”I’ll take things that didn’t happen for $500, Alex”?
I know many people here in the Pacific NW who have observed that ‘Ever since the new smart meters were installed on houses in our neighborhood, the birds have pretty much disappeared’. Making the connection between 4G and especially 5G electromagnetic radiation (or EMF) and the bird’s avoidance of areas where those EMF signals are concentrated is not really that difficult. In April of this year, Brussels, Belgium outlawed 5G networks in order to protect the health of its citizens. The abundance of EMF everywhere, is literally killing the birds, or at the least – chasing them away.
Excellent exposure of alarmist activist seizure of the workings of real science.
Please do continue with your great work.