Monday, March 30, 2009

Where Have All the Songbirds Gone?

Is this worse than the disappearance of honey bees? Or because of it? The same idea?

Insect-eating birds are disappearing all over North America, and scientists are trying to figure out what's up. Some ideas: a lack of nesting areas, a lack of food, destruction of wetlands, etc. Unfortunately, biologists are still not sure what exactly is going on to create such a drastic decrease in the populations of these birds.

“Is it a food problem?” asks biologist Pamela Hunt, chair of the Nightjar Working Group. “We don’t know. Something is going on because all these aerial insectivores are suffering.”

It's not good when biologists are worried and have no idea what's the cause.

I'm especially worried because I hate bugs, so what's going to happen to us if all the bug-eating birds are gone? We're going to get eaten by bugs, that's what.

Save the birds. Save the world.