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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Have you noticed more birds in the road?

Slow – Children at Play
Sometimes we think the world revolves around us because we’re so busy rushing here and there, and we can be very impatient with things that get in our way. Sometimes birds think the world revolves around them. They forage for food, guard territories, and raise large families in the spring. They don’t have time to be bothered with their surroundings.

As a result you may have noticed more birds in the road trying to outrun cars. Harried parent birds and newly fledged babies don’t know automatically what cars are or how fast they move. Please drive very carefully.

Each year 60 million to 80 million bird deaths are attributed to cars. Right now you have to watch for wildlife that crosses (or stands still in) the road. Don’t just assume that they’ll get out of the way in time. Statistics show that half the birds born this summer won't survive a year.

•98 million to 980 million fatal collisions with buildings and windows
•130 million to more than one billion fatal collisions with high-tension lines
•60 million to 80 million deaths caused by automobiles
•4 million to 50 million fatal encounters with communications towers
•72 million birds each year are killed by toxic chemicals, including pesticides
•Domestic cats are estimated to kill hundreds of millions of birds each year
•15 million birds a year in N. America are killed in managed annual hunts
•20,000 to 37,000 fatal collisions with wind turbines

It seems crazy that that a robin thinks he can outrun my car, but I slow down to give him a chance. In return I hope he controls the pesky bug population in my area.
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