Climate change and "The Birds"

From the “you can’t make this stuff up” department. Climate change is now blamed for what is called “Gary Larson events” in homage to the famed creator of the comic strip “The Far Side”

“We saw birds dying of what at best could be called Gary Larson events,” said Mark Mallory of the Canadian Wildlife Service in Iqaluit. “You see a bird for apparently no good reason fly into the cliff and die. You’ve got to be kidding.”

Of course, only MSNBC could be relied upon to report such scary science news. Here’s the link:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36202287/ns/technology_and_science-science/

Now I understand how the bird tragedy shown below happened.

We just didn’t look closely enough for a the cause of why the birds went crazy back then.

Look for a sequel soon. Ed Begley Jr. is being considered for the lead male actor role.

Advertisements

136 thoughts on “Climate change and "The Birds"

  1. The real cause of this is SAD (Seasonal Affect Disorder). After a long dark cold winter, many birds get so depressed, they become suicidal. “Goodbye cruel world!” SPLAT

  2. Interesting. Now GE is able to report this from the _future_ no less. I realize we are all on different time zones around the world. Had no idea Cape Vera was already in ‘early May’!!! What planet, solar system or galaxy is now reporting AGW to the green presses?

  3. I forgot to mention the suicidal birds that fly into the blades of a wind mill!
    What a nonsense!

  4. Never watch MSNBC, never trust anything from MSNBC, never waste your time with the dinosaur media. Their only purpose is to advance Liberalism and carry out Obama’s orders.

  5. This is right up there with questioning why salmon continue to follow the same sea-lion and bear infested routes on their way to spawn. You’d think that they (birds & salmon ) would have figured it out in the last few thousand millenia. But I guess they just have short memories and poor parenting skills. 🙂

  6. Yeah, and I have heard of the birds committing suicide by flying directly into wind turbines in California, too. I suppose that is due to “climate change” as that is what prompted the installation of so many windmills.

  7. I understand that they’ve used computers for statiscs of this research.
    This is what is going to happen when you forget to install third generation of TBSF ver. 2.1.1. The data is somewhat ????? “homogenised”
    Oh BTW, the TBSF stands for Total Bull Sh$$t Filter

  8. Causes of death:
    Collisions in heavy fog.
    Slammed into cliffs by strong winds.
    Bleeding from bites of mosquito swarms.
    Landslides.
    Foot stuck in crack.
    Driven into ocean by strong winds.
    “Curiously a high proportion of the adult birds we see die tend to be dying [due] to factors related to climate and weather,”
    What do you expect, it’s a harsh climate up there. And weather is not climate, mmmkay.

  9. “Curiously a high proportion of the adult birds we see die tend to be dying [due] to factors related to climate and weather,” Mallory said. Some birds were killed by erosion of their cliff nests, crushed by melting ice, crushed by avalanches, or slammed into the ocean by really strong winds.
    If temperatures warm and intense storms in the Arctic increase, along with other climate factors, “we might see mortality in these birds from these things increase from what they are now.” But Mallory adds that he and his team are not sounding an alarm bell that climate change is going to kill off all of the seabirds.

    No, but MSNBC is. Ring that bell, guys!!!!! Maybe your pathetic and unwatched cable channel won’t go bankrupt.

  10. Enjoyed your explanation. I thought that the birds were killing themselves because they thought Al Gore was coming to the arctic to speak about Global Warming. But I like yours better.

  11. “If temperatures warm and intense storms in the Arctic increase, along with other climate factors, “we might see mortality in these birds from these things increase from what they are now.” But Mallory adds that he and his team are not sounding an alarm bell that climate change is going to kill off all of the seabirds.”
    Unbelievable. And they call themselves scientists?

  12. I have kamakazee birds who hit my picture window about twice a year as well as a few CO2 lovers who want to nest in my chimey.

  13. Putin made a comment about Kyrgyzstan’s ex-leader that he had stepped on the same rake as the former president. Leif shows us a cartoon about stepping on a rake. Pictures from May appear in April. In WA State a winter snow storm shuts the Interstate. In the east they have a heat wave. Birds die. Have we just gone through a radioactive cloud or something? Let’s blame George Bush and global warming.

  14. Are these Suicidal birds, Sunni or Shiite. And I’m not talking about those chicken shiite birds ?

  15. “”” Leif Svalgaard (16:25:00) :
    Many years ago I was in the commercial Computer Programming Tools business. Here was my Gary Larson moment discovering tools:
    http://www.leif.org/research/The%20Discovery%20of%20Tools.png “””
    you are going to have the “farside police” come and destroy your lab.
    There is NO LEGAL usage of far side cartoon panels available to anybody for any reason at any price.

  16. The Arctic Snipe is already extinct.
    Last summer Joe Romm was explaining and blaming global warming on a large number of deaths of either walrusses or seal or some other huge mammal. This was of course before any one landed and took a close look. It was shown later to be over population and the stampede caused many to be trampeled to death. Trampling is not exactly weather sensitive.

  17. They’re flying into the cliffs because they’re mistaking them for windmills. It’s a thrill kind of thing.

  18. It is not uncommon to see all sorts of birds flying into buildings with a splat where there is no ice anywhere around. Except for crows, I have never seen or heard of a crow flying into a building.

  19. ‘You see a bird for apparently no good reason fly into the cliff and die’
    Oh come on, they must have had a reason.

  20. It’s well understood that birds’ navigation systems and brainwaves are directly effected by geomagnetics and it’s fluctuations…
    So how are they linking a bird flying into a cliffside with climate change ? Since when is climate change and geomagnetics one and the same ??

  21. One data point proves nothing. Birds die and the climate is harsh, where is the link to global warming ? I must have missed it !
    How many such deaths are normal ?
    Is the rate declining or increasing ?
    Why jump to CO2 as an explanation when there are so many available ? Are they just doing their bit for the AGW propaganda machine?

  22. more fun in the following, with Naomi Oreskes, William Freudenburg, Riley Dunlap plus amusing comments from abc’s own Robyn Williams:
    3 April: ABC Radio Australia: The Science Show: Climate change scepticism – its sources and strategies
    This week The Science Show presents excerpts from a symposium at the recent American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in San Diego which looks at the sources and strategies of scepticism to climate change science….
    Stephen Schneider: …Where’s the fourth estate? How about trying to balance? Scientists are pretty incompetent at doing that because all the incentives, unless you’re at my age or you’re crazy and don’t care what your colleagues think, you just go out there and tell it, very few scientists will do that because the incentives are so strong against it, especially young people pre-tenure…
    I’ve got to be real blunt; how many old men who have nothing to do with climate science are out there saying it ain’t so and getting coverage in the newspaper when they would have no prayer based on anything they’re still capable of doing? There are a lot of reasons why this goes on. Why are they being covered? Who cares what a petroleum geologist thinks about climate? They’re as competent to discuss climate as I am horizontal drilling. They are not experts, they don’t belong in that debate. ..
    Why do you think the media, in my opinion, have grabbed on these three IPCC errors so far? This disinformation engine is investing all that money and all they could do is find three? I’m more arrogant. I think if I took my best students and you gave me a month I think we could probably find ten, maybe even 20. But there’s about (I haven’t counted them) 1,000 conclusions roughly in a report, 1,000 pages, one a page, something in that order. ..
    http://www.abc.net.au/rn/scienceshow/stories/2010/2859986.htm
    the the scientists on WUWT:
    8 April: ABC TV Australia: Catalyst: LIDAR (with transcript)
    Greenhouse gas emissions are heating up the lower atmosphere, but 50 kilometres above Antarctica the mesosphere is cooling. Mark Horstman visits a small hut on the edge of Antarctica to find out why
    Andrew Klekociuk: LIDAR stands for light detection and ranging. It’s a technique very similar to radar except we’re using light pulses from a laser, rather than radio waves, to probe the atmosphere, sending out these pulses and listening for the echoes that are coming back.
    http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/2867591.htm

  23. So these birds are seen flying into a cliff for no apparent reason.
    That’s where the story should end.
    Birds have been flying into things for no apparent reason for how long?
    Here’s a ‘can’t miss’ idea: Ask the birds why they flew into the cliff.

  24. I can’t resist:
    There was a wee cooper lived in Fife
    Nickety nackety noo, noo. noo
    And he has tae’n a gentle wife
    Risselty-rosselty, hey, pomposity
    Nickety nackety noo, noo, noo.
    She wouldna card and she wouldna spin
    Nickety nackety noo, noo. noo
    For shamin’ o’her gentle kin
    Risselty-rosselty, hey, pomposity
    Nickety nackety noo, noo, noo.
    She wouldna bake and she wouldna brew
    Nickety nackety noo, noo. noo
    For spoilin’ of her gentle hue
    Risselty-rosselty, hey, pomposity
    Nickety nackety noo, noo, noo.
    She called him a dirty Hieland whelp
    Nickety nackety noo, noo. noo
    If you want yer dinner go get it yourself
    Risselty-rosselty, hey, pomposity
    Nickety nackety noo, noo, noo.
    The cooper’s awa tae his wool-pack
    Nickety nackety noo, noo. noo
    And lain a sheepskin across her back
    Risselty-rosselty, hey, pomposity
    Nickety nackety noo, noo, noo.
    I’ll no thrash you, for your gentle kin
    Nickety nackety noo, noo. noo
    But I will thrash my ain sheep-skin
    Risselty-rosselty, hey, pomposity
    Nickety nackety noo, noo, noo.
    He’s laid the sheepskin across her back
    Nickety nackety noo, noo. noo
    And with a good stick he went whickety-whack
    Risselty-rosselty, hey, pomposity
    Nickety nackety noo, noo, noo.
    Oh I will card and I will spin
    Nickety nackety noo, noo. noo
    And think nae mair of my gentle kin!
    Risselty-rosselty, hey, pomposity
    Nickety nackety noo, noo, noo.
    She drew the table and spread the board
    Nickety nackety noo, noo. noo
    And “My dear husband” was every word
    Risselty-rosselty, hey, pomposity
    Nickety nackety noo, noo, noo.
    All you who have gotten a gentle wife
    Nickety nackety noo, noo. noo
    Just send ye for the cooper of Fife!
    Risselty-rosselty, hey, pomposity
    Nickety nackety noo, noo, noo.

  25. Well I’m convinced. There has never before been freeze/thaw cycles that split rocks on cliffs and created avalanches until AGW came along.
    I’m sure if you looked at the write-up for the funding proposals these scientists put together, you’d find the magic words that open all the funding vaults – anthropogenic global warming! So, of course, their reports have to make the link no matter how ridiculous and silly.

  26. And these birdbrains got how much government grant money to come up with these conclusions? I’d be interested in there control group and how the differential between and “climate and weather” was judged?
    Don’t these people understand that this kind of crap is what is driving the rise in skepticism? How can you advance (or report on) a study like this without being a target for ridicule?

  27. I’ve noticed them running into the windows of the urban heat islands. As if they were’nt there!!!

  28. I would think that the major killers of arctic birds are unusual accidents and weather related events. I mean, what else is going to eventually end their lives, smoking and drug addiction?

  29. RE: Steve in SC (17:47:18) :
    “… Except for crows, I have never seen or heard of a crow flying into a building…”
    I’ve seen a crow, on a fence, shot with a pellet gun that hit him square in the chest. The crow staggered for a second, ruffled its feathers and the pellet fell to the ground. Crows are tough.
    Chickens and .306’s are a different story…

  30. …well, I guess nobody was buying into the drowning/starving polar bear scenario anymore, so that had to come up with another gimmick to raise funds from the Friends of the Earth types!
    Absolutely ridiculous…as far as I’m concerned, this story lost any credibility it might have had when, off the top, they compared these events to “Gary Larson” events. Did that mean a fat kid with glasses was putting the birds into a jar, or what…??

  31. George E. Smith (17:16:55) :
    There is NO LEGAL usage of far side cartoon panels available to anybody for any reason at any price.
    I actually do have permission [1991, from Chronicle Features, San Francisco, CA] to use this particular cartoon in connection with my Programming Tool, called ETK back then.

  32. I think mad denier genetic engineers/climate destroyers spliced lemming genes into the birds resulting in mass suicide.

  33. They are probably killing themselves because the Red, red, Koyapigaktoruk is eating all their worms.
    If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m referring to the meme that Robins are suddenly all over Eskimo villages but that they have no word for them because they are there because of unprecedented warming.
    Opps, March 1953, in the journal Arctic, Laurence Irving “THE NAMING OF BIRDS BY NUNAMIUT ESKIMO”-Robin=Koyapigaktoruk.
    1913, Victor Stefansson “My Life with the Eskimo”, “Kre-ku-ak’tu-yok” (Mackenzie Eskimo) and “Shab’wak” (Alaskan Eskimo).
    Like so many other bird brained claims, this will prove to be a bunch of nonsense.

  34. Before the advent of the internal combustion engine all birds used to die peacefully of natural causes surrounded by their relatives.
    This reminds me of some documentary I saw on cable, which claimed that whales would all die because they were unfamilar with the landscape (for lack of a better word) of the melting ice at the south pole and therefore would get lost underneath it as if Whales can’t adapt to variable landscape of ice. I’m sure the ice patterns must have varied quite a bit over the millenia.

  35. Perhaps the scene from Mel Brooks’ “High Anxiety” is more appropriate that the Hitchcock movie.

  36. Leif Svalgaard (18:36:29) :
    George E. Smith (17:16:55) :
    There is NO LEGAL usage of far side cartoon panels available to anybody for any reason at any price.
    I actually do have permission [1991, from Chronicle Features, San Francisco, CA] to use this particular cartoon in connection with my Programming Tool, called ETK back then.
    —–
    YOU TELL ‘IM, LEIF! I mean, really…if anyone on this blog is going to do something by-the-letter perfectly, I’d expect it to be Dr. Svalgaard!!

  37. There are a number of comments here about the Altemont Pass Wind Farms in Livermore and Windmill Bird Strikes. I believe Smallwood’s environment reports on this topic are another Climategate in the making albeit much smaller.
    For example, there appears to be attribution of 10x higher burrowing owl deaths during Jan. Except in Jan, the windmills barely turn if at all. How do I know that, I see the windmills from my house, the power generation curves say they don’t (<3% of the power is generated at this time), and the physics of cold racing from the pacific ocean to fill the warm air rising over the central valley is not as applicable during the winter time.
    Birds die, Birds die in greater numbers during the winter time. N. California does not have lots of Birds running into non-spinning windmills.
    Smallwood even has Bird Strikes rising dramatically, even though there are less operational windmills since the last study a trend that has been going on for a long time. And yet each report keeps increasing the rate of the strikes.

  38. Like scenes out of Gary Larson’s “Far Side” comic strip, scientists have discovered a tragicomedy playing out in deaths of Arctic seabirds.
    Some crash into each other in heavy fog. Others perish when heavy winds slam them into cliffs. Still others simply bleed to death after being attacked by mosquito swarms.

    Mosquitoes? Al Gore told me you only get mosquitoes when it warm. It must be sooooo warm there!

    In another slapstick, albeit sad, event, a thick-billed murre was found dead after getting its foot stuck in a crack in the cliff face on Coats Island.

    Now we have cracks in rocks caused by Climate Change!

    “An entire cliff face fell away, and we estimate 800 birds were killed in this one event,” Mallory told LiveScience, adding that his colleague said it looked as if the rock had liquefied and the birds were just caught in the rubble.

    Liquified rocks caused by Climate Change! It must be soooo hot there!

    The researchers suspect as the ice goes through freezing and melting, and the consequential expanding and contracting, it puts pressure on the rocks and causes these rock falls.

    Freezing and melting caused by Climate Change! Every year!

    “These birds are phenomenal flyers, but you take away their visibility to a meter or two and maybe that causes problems. In talking to my Inuit guides, they told me that they had seen this a lot, and thought that the birds flew into each other in low visibility.”

    Statistics 101, anybody? The chances of lots of birds ‘hitting each-other’ in the air? Anyone? It obviously increases with Climate Change!

    Possibly the most grisly deaths occurred when mosquitoes, which increase in numbers when temperatures warm, attacked the birds’ feet.

    Ah! It’s because it’s sooooooo warm there are mosquitoes! Even when it’s below freezing it’s warm!

    Mallory’s team didn’t go into new the study looking for climate-change-related deaths, but that’s what they found.

    *cough* of course not *cough*
    Looking for a grant instead, perhaps? S’funny how so many researchers looking for a grant seem to tumble into ‘Climate Change related’ wildlife mortality. I assume nothing ever died in the Arctic before we started driving SUV’s and sending loony researchers and ‘explorers’ to the Arctic, eh? All caused by less than a degree of warming, so I imagine everything died in the MWP.

  39. The only thing NOT caused by climate change is an elevation of an AGWers’ IQ. There’s apparenly an inverse relationsip.
    ’nuff said!

  40. Re: The Birds
    I’ve actually visited Bodega Bay and the site of where the school is (which is a few miles inland).
    The school is now dominated by several very large trees and is a museum (if I recall correctly). The restaurant is now extensively rebuilt to accommodate visitors and looks nothing like the film.
    The film is still a classic, though.

  41. timetochooseagain (18:52:33) :
    They are probably killing themselves because the Red, red, Koyapigaktoruk is eating all their worms
    Koyapigaktoruk? any relation to the “Manabearpigatourk”?-sorry, I had
    to do that….
    My favorite Larson is the two Pilots looking out and saying:” Gee look at that
    Mountain goat way up here in the clouds!”….

  42. Layne:
    “Next thing you know they’ll blame climate change for killing the dinosaurs.”
    They already have….. 🙂
    Note: if true, it got COLDER!!!!!

  43. Dr Svalgaard – I could care less about copyright rules at the moment. I snorted up my mouthful of water when I saw it! Thanks for that lighthearted moment 🙂

  44. As a very late reply to ‘Steve in SC’ where he stated that he’s never seen a crow fly into anything; this is because crows are considered to be very smart birds. There’s lots of opinions about intelligence in animals but some sites I’ve seen put crows in the top 10 among animals for smarts. I believe they’ve learned they can drop things (seeds, shells?) on roadways for vehicles to run over them and crush them, thereby presenting an easy meal.

  45. “Mallory’s team didn’t go into new the study looking for climate-change-related deaths, but that’s what they found.”

    Yeah, right!! More funding please. This sort of event has probably always occured and it has just occured to these researchers that if they could tie in the birds deaths to the normal change in climate from season to season they could apply for further cash to feed their families and pay their mortgages.
    I claim warmer oceans causes whales to beach themselves I need to do some further research to examine the exact process. Can I get some funding :o)
    ——

    The Guardian – 11 June 2008
    “Dolphin deaths: Expert suggests ‘mass suicide'”
    “The dolphins had swallowed and inhaled big chunks of mud from the estuary. Their lungs and stomachs were full of it. That is very bizarre indeed.””

  46. These birds are registered Democrats. 2 left wings will not fly. The aerodynamics just do not work.
    They also have given up on hopenchange.

  47. Good one Lief. I can feel a German Summary whelling up in side of me. ‘Stuka Eein AGW Kamikazi Schnitzel phart. CRU-ScmnukkDorkSpielmeister bit Cliff un final. Nyet un Suicide bitten bird un depressed’.

  48. Crows at the Bainbridge Island ferry dock, (across Puget Sound from Seattle), pull mussels off the pilings at low tide and fly up about twenty feet and drop them on the pavement to crack the shells so they can pick out the meat. They are way too smart to let cars run over them and squish the meat into an in-edible mush of shell, meat, and road grit. And ravens make crows look like CAGW believers. Read Bernd Heinrich’s books.

  49. “Never watch MSNBC, never trust anything from MSNBC, never waste your time with the dinosaur media. Their only purpose is to advance Liberalism and carry out Obama’s orders.”
    Gotcha, stay away from FOX News, as they only exist to indoctrinate you in the ways of the Obama Youth.

  50. I couldn’t tell just what specific species they observed flying into the cliffs from the article. They mentioned murres being killed by other factors though, and this bird is known to have landing and take off problems (though they can fly very fast) and frequently smack into cliff faces when trying to land at their nesting spots:
    http://www.hww.ca/hww2.asp?id=57

  51. This is from the pseudo-science manual of novel phenomena.
    Observing any previously unobserved phenomenon constitutes a novel phenomenon without precedent.
    (If you’re going to repeat that at a party, make sure it’s before your second drink. :-))

  52. I wonder if they bothered to look and see if there were any Rough-legged hawks in the area. The Rough-legged Hawk breeds in Arctic tundra both in the Old and the New World. I do not know the area or the birds but a flying predator is the first possible explanation I would come up with.
    If you are fleeing from a predator you may not bother to watch where you are going. I just had an 7 year old pony bounce off an 8 wire high tensile fence when he was “chased” by a flying plastic bag tossed from a car. The fence has 2 inch wide tape at the middle to make it visible and he has been in the paddock for two months. (No he was not hurt, that is why I use eight wires instead of the usual three or four)

  53. With journalists lacking any basic level of curiosity about things that for some strange reason I learned as a child at school, (eg; weathering of rocks including freeze thaw cycles) we are destined to have still more and more uncritical rubbish splashed across the media.
    The only giant leap made by this “Scientist” is from the results to a AGW CC conclusion.
    I feel more like the owner of a Norwegian Blue Parrot as each day passes.
    Is it any wonder more skeptics are coming out of the closet.

  54. Birds run into cliffs because they are really, really stupid, not because of AGW. They also occasionally run into trees and telephone poles for the same reason. Kill the trees, save the birds.
    If you want to look for a link to AGW, look for bats running into cliffs or other obstacles. Unlike birds, bats are very intelligent (they can fly with their eyes closed, what more can one say?).
    On a similar note, which do you suppose kills more birds… cold snaps in early spring or AGW?

  55. “The researchers note that despite the strange endings, the percentage of dead birds was relatively low — just a few thousands out of millions of birds in the area.”
    This statement shows how dire the situation is… for the scientists’ future prospects of grant money. Perhaps some rework of their paper/study geared towards successful animal adaptation and selection processes in the arctic would help.
    While void of science the article was at least entertaining in an unintended sort of way… especially if you strategically segment it, such as “strange Arctic birds” or “You see a bird for apparently no good reason”.
    Climate happens.

  56. I don’t know if this merits being added to this archive
    http://www.numberwatch.co.uk/warmlist.htm
    They already have all these
    bird loss accelerating, bird strikes, bird visitors drop, birds confused, birds decline (Wales), birds driven north, birds face longer migrations, birds return early, birds shrink(Aus), birds shrink (USA), bittern boom ends, blackbirds stop singing, blackbirds threatened,
    The current total, including links that have gone dead, of tragedies or potential tragedies attributable to CAGW is 756, but it is obviously by no means exhaustive.

  57. In1973 I spent 6 weeks at a U of Queensland research station on Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef. It was nesting season for the pelagic birds. Every evening at dusk there was a crash as a Wedgetailed Shearwater would smack into the side of barracks hut next to my bunk. I would go out to find the bird sitting dazed on the ground. I guess the hut had been built in the flight path of the landing pattern among the trees. It went on until the young had fledged and they all had gone their merry way. Does the term “Bird Brain” ring a bell?

  58. One has also to think that it is natural a way of culling the species, if there are not enough predators and diseases. If all newborns survived to adulthood and old age, after a few generations there would be no air left to breath, let alone to fly.

  59. Leif Svalgaard (16:25:00) :
    Fun cartoon. Made me think that Josh could do a “Mann discovers tools” in a similar vein involving a hockey stick.

  60. Liberal media running back movies taken by naturalist-racists of lemmings jumping off cliffs then running the tape backwards.
    Reply: You do know that the films of lemmings mass suicide were faked right? ~ ctm

  61. So birds aew killed by erosion and avalanches on nesting cliffs. Perhaps they should have asked a geologist how those cliffs form in the first place. It is by erosion and avalanches.
    Incidentally birds don’t nest on cliff ledges because they think it is fun. It is because it is much safer than on flat ground since terrestrial predators can’t get to them.

  62. Mike J (17:02:55) :
    “If temperatures warm and intense storms in the Arctic increase, along with other climate factors, “we might see mortality in these birds from these things increase from what they are now.” But Mallory adds that he and his team are not sounding an alarm bell that climate change is going to kill off all of the seabirds.”
    Unbelievable. And they call themselves scientists?
    ————–
    They call themselves ‘Conservation Biologists’ which is a new ‘mission-oriented’ pseudoscience that begins with the premise that everything is doomed or heading for imminent extinction and is as utterly bogus as the worst of IPCC climate ‘science.’
    The EPA is loaded with them and so is the Canadian Wildlife Service. So is the mothership, the IUCN. The whole ‘endangered species’ research-industrial complex is based on this junk science. Not surprisingly, they’re big on models now.
    Hopefully when we get past this first priority, the global climate crisis fraud, we can look harder at this branch of the ‘save the world’ industry. They are linked. How do you think they came up with the very convenient ‘scientific’ predictions of polar bear ‘extinction’ to fit the big scare campaign and give the AGW gang their best poster child?

  63. timetochooseagain (18:52:33) :
    Right you are. The foundation of Conservation Biology is the revision of history, specifically the state of historic wildlife populations and distribution. That way they can create false comparisons and the perception of a perpetual crisis. So telling lies about ‘unprecedented’ robins in the Arctic is just standard operating procedure for them.

  64. Well, at least I now understand lemmings. It is pretty obvious really – they are psychic and have seen the AGW-endured ending of our world and just cannot face the awful reality of it all.

  65. The researchers suspect as the ice goes through freezing and melting, and the consequential expanding and contracting, it puts pressure on the rocks and causes these rock falls.
    There are many old quarries near where I live. This winter I have noticed some new (still clean) fallen rocks, after all the freezing weather. However, I have not made a dramatic new discovery. I learnt at school (age 11) that water expands when it freezes. These guys should get out more before they start ‘suspecting’.

  66. Carrick says: ‘If you want to look for a link to AGW, look for bats running into cliffs or other obstacles.’
    Of course, moonbats do this all the time!

  67. We Aussies know the real story behind these mysterious bird collisions:

    This classic ad followed on the heals of the original (for a bit of context):

    Enjoy.

  68. OMG!!!1111
    Anthony and mods. You have to check out this in relation to this post. Apparently it’s a real movie and it is HIGHlarious. Birdemic.
    Cheers
    [a bit over the top ~ ctm]

  69. That explains everything! Climate change must be why kamikazes and suicide bombers do their dirty work.

  70. Maybe these birds are lemmings? What about beaching whales, could they also be possible victims of CAGW ? Hmmm, so many questions, so few answers.

  71. We had legendary bird in the fens, which self destructed by flying backwards
    and dissapearing up its own orifice, the birds mentioned must a similar genre.

  72. Viewless (20:01:42) :

    Increase you intelect by 23.7% …kill your TV.

    couldn’t agree more. Threw ours out (actually never had one of our own) twenty years ago and never looked back. Our kids actually read. Sometimes all day!

  73. George Turner (18:31:44) :
    I would think that the major killers of arctic birds are unusual accidents and weather related events. I mean, what else is going to eventually end their lives, smoking and drug addiction?

    Suicide by CWS “biologists”.

  74. Bulldust…good links, kacked on the 2nd one..1
    mod, no fair, now I have to go ind birdemic..

  75. D. King (17:48:13) :
    ‘You see a bird for apparently no good reason fly into the cliff and die’
    Oh come on, they must have had a reason.

    But the computer simulations don’t provide a reason, therefore Man must have caused it.

  76. I expect that these event occur just before or after noon, when the sun casts small dark shadows below small outcrops in the cliff. These dark, somewhat triangular shadows would appear as a ‘hole’, a place to land, in the otherwise brightly lit cliff face. The bird thinks it has a good, sheltered landing or nesting site and attempts to go into the ‘hole’.
    So, lets see some video of these events.
    AWG: If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

  77. So I guess that just because humans and their camera weren’t around for 10’s of MILLIONS of years before now that such bird deaths simply did not happen. The proof is that they happily survived cycles of ice ages and polar melting for all that time until we came along. So it’s obviously our fault but … is it the CO2 or the cameras that are causing it? (Or maybe it was the color of hats they were wearing or some cruel bird joke that the birds overheard? )

  78. Beth Cooper (03:01:50) :

    Maybe these birds are lemmings? What about beaching whales, could they also be possible victims of CAGW ? Hmmm, so many questions, so few answers

    You could be on to something here…. Perhaps the birds understand that there is no better time than now to try have themselves included politically as yet one more ‘victim class’ hoping for increased handouts, set-asides and special rights. I had a parakeet once; he was one sharp little guy. He would have tried for something like this, (but he would have goaded one of my Java Temple birds into taking the fall for the cause).

  79. I also have shut my TV off. The news media and inane programming were the cause. Even the comedy shows weren’t funny anymore. Besides, you can’t say anything funny anymore out of concern that you might get some focus group all out of sorts. But it was the news media that finally put the notion in my head that the TV needed to die. If I heard Fox news say one more time, “fair and balanced” I was going to have to move a puke bucket next to my couch. And msnbc went off the deep end much the same way the ubiquitous religious dooms Sayers did on campus in the 70’s with their 10 foot high signs that the world is coming to an end and you must believe in [fill in the blank].
    I want my Chet and David back.

  80. Karl Gustav Jung thought that the subconscious mind (in this case those minds who think or feel an armageddon) projects itself ouside. This phenomenon he called it the “constellization” of a symbol. It is evident that this kind of projection has been and it is happening among the english speaking countries, specially in the US. Let me tell you that we, the people from other countries, do not feel anything of the like. Does this mean somtehing to you?
    From HAARP to Al Baby and Al-Qaida, you are in a kind of almost WANTING THE END.

  81. “George Turner (18:31:44) :
    I would think that the major killers of arctic birds are unusual accidents and weather related events. I mean, what else is going to eventually end their lives, smoking and drug addiction?”
    Gyrfalcons, Rough-legged Buzzards, White-tailed Eagles, Snowy Owls, Great Skuas, Broad-tailed Skuas, Glaucous Gulls. Ravens, Polar Foxes, Arctic Wolves, Polar Bears

  82. When Gary Larson was new on the scene and had just appeared in local (Seattle) papers, I had a comment to make on one of his cartoons and did something unusual for me: I contacted him. His number was in the phone book. He was a really nice guy and seemed pleased and surprised at my enthusiasm for his work. We happily chatted for over 15 minutes. I’m glad he was successful.

  83. Some birds were killed by erosion of their cliff nests, crushed by melting ice, crushed by avalanches, or slammed into the ocean by really strong winds.
    So, apparently, these events never happened before “Climate Change” ?
    … but then again there has always been some level of climate change.

  84. I’ve seen birds fly into windows, fences, tree trunks, electrical transformers hung on telephone poles, and cars parked on a quiet street — during periods of low visibility, they’ll fly into boats, the sides of buildings or each other. That’s something that birds *do*.
    Now, when TV reporters sprout feathers and start flying into the sides of their sets…

  85. Is there any more info on these birds? I mean, do they taste good? I’m thinking, if we can get our hands on some stimulus money, we could start a government funded program to bring these birds to the US. The lack of good, fresh food for inner city kids seems to be a big problem. Lets boost their nutrition!! Don’t you people care about the children?? Seems like we could kill two birds with one stone here.

  86. Perhaps it is just a case of these birds not understanding what happens to other birds that fly into cliffs. Much like humans who try to skateboard down a metal railing even though there are hours of video showing the usual crotchety results.

  87. Perhaps there are two sides among these birds: The tea-baggers and the coffee drinkers fighting among them!!☺

  88. John F. Hultquist (17:11:02) :You are a sane person among the ill ones. Now you know how a psychiatry student should feel in his first day in an asylum.
    Kind of asking oneself: Are they or am I?

  89. OK, OK. Let’s see now.
    To create a stable population of “millions” of birds, one must have an equal number of births and deaths each breeding season.
    Thus, a stable population requires that each pair supply over their lifetime, at least 2.001 eggs (one male, one female, and an assorted variety of transgender and homosexual eggs) surviving into adulthood and breeding.
    A stable population of several million also REQUIRES several million deaths from all causes – a simple fact this “scholar” overlooks. So, without CAGW, we’d obviously be overrun with birdbrains. (Regretably, most of them would prove to be liberal voters ….)
    Enviro’s have yet to find a single species killed by global warming ……

  90. Robins in my yard were having a party eating fermented hawthorne berries hanging in the tree leftover from the previous fall one year. They got drunk and were unable to maneuver well–5 died crashing into my house. If you think drinking and driving is bad…

  91. ” ‘We saw birds dying of what at best could be called Gary Larson events,’ said Mark Mallory of the Canadian Wildlife Service in Iqaluit.”
    “In another slapstick, albeit sad, event, a thick-billed murre was found dead after getting its foot stuck in a crack in the cliff face on Coats Island.”
    “Scientists observed six species, including the fulmars, dying in slapstick, albeit tragic, ways.”
    Just imagine all of the hilarious ways animals die when no-one is even around to witness it.

  92. RISE IN AGW CO2 FORCES BIRDS TO FLY LOWER………………….
    Obviously, the higher concentration of CO2 in the air is forcing the birds to fly lower. Gore needs to form construction conglomerate and fit proximity warning systems to all hills and cliffs, buildings, etc.

  93. “George Turner (18:31:44) :
    I would think that the major killers of arctic birds are unusual accidents and weather related events. I mean, what else is going to eventually end their lives, smoking and drug addiction?”
    tty (06:25:19) :
    Gyrfalcons, Rough-legged Buzzards, White-tailed Eagles, Snowy Owls, Great Skuas, Broad-tailed Skuas, Glaucous Gulls. Ravens, Polar Foxes, Arctic Wolves, Polar Bears

    Northern Fulmar cacciatore for members of the Catlin expedition.

  94. Perhaps like the monks that would set themselves on fire in protest of war. These birds are committing ritualized suicide to draw attention to the CAGW cause?
    There are probably actual moonbats that would believe that.

  95. Damn shame these birds are not Canada Geese.
    We have many thousands here in SC that we would like to deport or kill.
    (no preference there)

  96. When I was a teenager in the 60’s, I regularly watched birds flying into my parent’s living room picture window, smashing their head against the glass, dropping to the ground, fluttering for a moment, then dying.
    It never occurred to me to blame these bird-brain events on the climate. Who would have ever guessed?
    The more interesting bird-brain events are now occurring within the press rooms of the MSM.
    Thank you MSNBC, your articles have a definite value, but not as you intended. It’s sci-fi entertainment to those who can see through it and don their hip-waders. Who writes this stuff?

  97. “But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only,
    That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
    Nothing further then he uttered – not a feather then he fluttered –
    Till I scarcely more than muttered `Other friends have flown before –
    On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before.’
    Then the bird said, `Nevermore”

    Edgard Allan Poe (fragment)

  98. Birds are funny, their eyes are on the sides of their heads to watch for predators, so they’re actually not that great at seeing where they’re going. Except for birds that are predators, o’course.

  99. You mean birds, lemmings, President Ubama citizenship, and the Moon Landing are all hoaxes along with computer programs from GreenPiece?

  100. Damn shame these birds are not Canada Geese.
    ——————————————
    LOL and yet 40 years ago they were treasured relics of a rural age. Now they’re shitting on our lawn!
    🙂
    Tasty, properly cooked. Don’t ask, don’t tell.

  101. Reply: You do know that the films of lemmings mass suicide were faked right? ~ ctm

    Come on, Charles! You can’t let facts get in the way of a good cliche’! I mean, everyone KNOWS that full moons cause people to do strange things, just ask any cop or ER nurse… /sarc

  102. It’s early May and there is snow on the ground in the photo. No wonder the birds were suicidal.

  103. dood (14:43:02) :Birds are funny, their eyes are on the sides of their heads to watch for predators, so they’re actually not that great at seeing where they’re going. Except for birds that are predators, o’course.

    In relation to that, I have my own theory of why birds behave the way they they do when you approach them in an airplane. Unless they are heading straight at something they have no parallax information so distance is initially based on only recognizing what the object is and how big it is. So they first notice you, just a weird looking bird on an intercept course with them, they turn away to head in an opposite direction. But because they have no genetically imprinted information concerning the size of ‘airplane birds’ and no parallax information from one eye, they think you are much closer to them and smaller than you actually are. Thinking you are very close also makes them initially think that you are going slow. But after they turn and see you with their other eye, they are startled that there is another airplane bird(!), and a much bigger one, that somehow snuck up behind it. So it turns back to its original heading only to find that it was wrong about airplane bird number one – it’s actually huge and closing fast! So it then goes into panic mode, draws its wings in and drops like a rock.
    So that’s generally what most birds do when you are heading toward them in a small airplane – turn, turn, sometimes turn one more time, rarely turn even a fourth time then panic drop.
    Just a theory.

  104. I sort of suspected something, when one of the lemmings “jumped” in a flat spin. Sort of like someone was throwing it.
    Burrowing owl deaths? The highest I saw one fly was about 6 feet, over a fence.

  105. Birds are exceptionally sensitive to changes in geomagnetism. There have been changes recently. Also, if they eat mountain ash berries (which don’t grow in Iqualuik afaik) they sometimes get fermented berries, become drunk and fly into stuff.

Comments are closed.