Imagine that you are a songbird. Winter is coming and you need to fly south for the winter. But all of the insects and berries you would normally eat during the migration are missing. So you die of starvation. That is the picture being painted by this year’s mass die-off:
The mass die-off of thousands of songbirds in south-western US was caused by long-term starvation, made worse by unseasonably cold weather probably linked to the climate crisis, scientists have said. Flycatchers, swallows and warblers were among the migratory birds “falling out of the sky” in September, with carcasses found in New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Arizona and Nebraska. A USGS National Wildlife Health Center necropsy has found 80% of specimens showed typical signs of starvation.
Allison Salas, a graduate student at NMSU, said the volume of carcasses she had collected had given her chills. She said: “The fact that we’re finding hundreds of these birds dying, just kind of falling out of the sky is extremely alarming.”
It is the harbinger of the mass extinction events to come, as a ripple effect of one after another. Kill off too many insects and the birds have nothing to eat.
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