In Esperance, Australia, thousands of birds have suddenly dropped dead, leaving no live songbirds in the entire city. Government veterinarians are apparently conducting urgent autopsies. They haven’t figured out the cause yet but they have ruled out most infectious diseases (so at least it’s not bird flu).
But still, what in the hell are we doing to our environment such that all of the birds are dropping dead out of the air? Frogs, which are sensitive to environmental changes, are dying en masse, but few seem to care. Now it’s happening to the birds — will people care too?
For the record, I’d like to wager a guess about what this is. Birds are especially sensitive to airborne toxins, hence why old mining outfits used to have canaries in the mines. Leaking gas would kill the canary a lot quicker than the average human, giving time for the miners to escape. We also see this with polytetrafluoroethylene (also known as Teflon), which is used as a non-stick coating on pans. When the pans are heated up to a sufficient degree, the Teflon vaporizes, enters the air, and frequently kills household birds such as parrots, parakeets, etc.
I’m guessing a similar release of chemicals into the air is responsible for these recent bird deaths. Hopefully they will identify the source, eliminate it, and birds will be able to return to Esperance.
We wonder why so many people are getting allergies and asthma these days. I think it’s because we’re being exposed to so much crap in the air. Unlike birds, it doesn’t kill us, but it definitely has an effect on our health. I just really hope we get serious about the environment before it’s too late.