Remember a few months ago when all those birds suddenly fell dead from the skies? Remember all the speculation - some sound, some wild - that it may have been the result of some sort of electromagnetic technology, HAARP, for example? Well, it has happened again, this time in Utah, and it's worth reading the whole article:
Thousands of birds make crash landing in Utah Read more: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2011/12/14/2310925/thousands-of-birds-make-crash.html#ixzz1gjh4jVsE
I hope you caught the implications of two paragraphs, first, there's this one:
"The birds plunged into a Cedar City Wal-Mart parking lot, football fields, highways and over miles of property that had been blanketed by about 3 inches of gleaming snow."
Then, there's these:
"'The storm clouds over the top of the city lights made it look like a nice, flat body of water. All the conditions were right,' Griffin told The Spectrum newspaper in St. George (http://bit.ly/rYpQbJ). 'So the birds landed to rest, but ended up slamming into the pavement.'
"Kevin McGowan, who studies birds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, N.Y., said grebes rely on starlight to navigate during their nighttime migration.
"'Before there were (artificial lights), the sky was always paler than the ground," he told The Associated Press. "When all of a sudden there's light all over the place, they don't know which way is up anymore.'
"McGowan said it's not uncommon for birds to crash en masse, especially if they confuse the ground for water."
Now, I grew up in South Dakota, where there are thousands of little ponds and lakes and swamps in East River (the part of the state east of the Missouri River), and ducks and geese migrating were a common site, and never once do I recall in those years flights of geese and ducks "crash landing" because the lights of the cities and towns were confusing to them. In short, what it sounds like to me is that the ornithologists are grasping at straws to come up with what sounds like a plausible explanation for some very curious behavior. Maybe there is a perfectly natural explanation. Maybe birds do occasionally crash land. We've all probably had the experience of sitting in our houses when - BANG! - a bird flies into a window and crashes to the ground, flopping around, stunned and disoriented.
But thousands at a time, mistaking a parking lot for a pond? I think not. It has been known for some time that migratory birds have receptors in their brains sensitive to the magnetic field lines of the earth, and that this is how they know which paths to follow on their migrations. Interference with, or a weakening of, those field lines might perhaps cause such disorientation, but if so, then it would be a localized phenomenon. That, to me, allows, once more, the possibility that we are perhaps looking at the unintended consequence of the use of a technology.