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Birds Shrinking Due To Global Warming, Will Disappear By 2035
Altered News ^ | 8/3/2010

Posted on 08/03/2010 10:54:54 AM PDT by GSWarrior

Songbirds in the US are getting smaller, and climate change is suspected as the cause.

A study of almost half a million birds, belonging to over 100 species, shows that many are gradually becoming lighter and growing shorter wings. This shrinkage has occurred within just half a century in response to warmer temperatures, and at this rate, many may disappear by 2035.

In biology, there is a general rule of thumb that animals tend to become smaller in warmer climates: an idea known as Bergman’s Rule. Usually this trend can be seen among animal species that live over a range of latitude or altitude, with individuals living at more northern latitudes or higher up cooler mountains being slightly larger than those below. But global warming has thrown this process into overdrive, and many of the birds in North America will soon become so small, they will literally wink out of existence.

A black-capped chickadee is half as large as it cousins of thirty years ago The WWF funded study examined the weight and size of 48 individual birds that had been caught and measured at the ringing station from 1961 to 2007. What the scientists found was striking. The birds in North America are getting small. Lead Ornithologist Steve Martin was laughed at when he first proposed his thesis, but his critics are laughing no more.

The differences in size are stunning.

“On average, the decline in mass of spring migrants over the 46 year study was 50%. That’s shocking as a young boy changing shoe sizes in reverse” says Doc Martin. The rose-breasted grosbeak has declined in mass by about 40%, while the Kentucky warbler has dropped 30.3% in weight and the scarlet tanager 20.3%.

The trend is particularly noticeable among those birds that have bright colors.

“In one obvious sense, the consequences are positive,” says Dr Rajendra Pachauri, head of the IPCC. “Now people will have to take global warming and the IPCC more serious, or else we will lose the ability to buy downy blankets or goose feather pillows”.

“Luckily, India has few birds, and this problem is not seen in the bird populations in my country, so we in India will not have to cut our greenhouse gas emissions” he added.

Dr. Martin laments “When we take pictures, we ask you to ‘watch the birdie’. Future generations will have no idea what that means and will think you’re cuckcoo. It’s really tragic”.


TOPICS: Humor
KEYWORDS: satire
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To: GSWarrior
The blades of those giant crapola windmills are slicing and dicing more birds than any possible warming or cooling ever will. These ecofreaks are moving way beyond being just annoying.
21 posted on 08/03/2010 11:09:04 AM PDT by JPG (Journolist diva, Sarah Spitz? No, she swallowed the whole Mongrel agenda.)
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To: GSWarrior

Is this sattire? I know nothing about birds or science but this article is wrought with bs,


22 posted on 08/03/2010 11:09:10 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: GSWarrior

Thanks for a good laugh. The site is hilarious, especially the rendition of “The Homicidal Squirrel.” Beware: squirrels are developing a taste for human flesh due to global warming!


23 posted on 08/03/2010 11:11:46 AM PDT by Bernard Marx (I don’t trust the reasoning of anyone who writes then when they mean than.)
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To: martin_fierro

Dig your car out from this bad boy.

24 posted on 08/03/2010 11:13:07 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: GSWarrior

What? I thought COLD weather caused shrinkage.


25 posted on 08/03/2010 11:15:33 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Hang in there, baby! November's comin'...)
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To: GSWarrior

The trouble with projections is the assumption that a trend (i.e. birds becoming smaller) is going to continue on the same trajectory. Very often, things don’t.


26 posted on 08/03/2010 11:15:37 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: GSWarrior

More science sacrifices at the alter of environmentalism in the church of political correctness. Like Obama, they seem oblivious to the damage to their own credibility.


27 posted on 08/03/2010 11:17:07 AM PDT by Spok (Liberalism is more of a mood than a philosophy. -Robert Bork)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

That’s the sumbitch that pooped on my clean car the other day. I’m renting an antiaircraft cannon.


28 posted on 08/03/2010 11:18:05 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Jewels1091

The rule applies to species. Whitetail deer are much smaller in their southern ranges than the northern. Reason: ability to retain heat. Volume increases as a cube...taller, wider animals increase volume relative to surface area...don’t radiate as much heat.


29 posted on 08/03/2010 11:21:25 AM PDT by gundog (Why is it that useful idiots remain idiots long after they've exhausted their usefulness?)
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To: GSWarrior
Somewhat clumsy satire but how many Eco websites will pickup? Of course, the truth is that birds will become giants that will eat us. We're doomed (or is it domed)
30 posted on 08/03/2010 11:21:51 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: GSWarrior

http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/crap.wav


31 posted on 08/03/2010 11:22:39 AM PDT by BenLurkin (Will must be the harder, courage the bolder, spirit must be the more, as our might lessens.)
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To: GSWarrior

Ok every one at once “ Where have all the birdies gone here in 2010? Where have all the birdies gone? Playing and singing in he summer wind!” Ok hippy tune off!


32 posted on 08/03/2010 11:32:32 AM PDT by crazydad
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To: Purdue Pete

Saving...


33 posted on 08/03/2010 11:37:27 AM PDT by Purdue Pete
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To: GSWarrior

The GW idiots are grasping at straws now.


34 posted on 08/03/2010 11:38:21 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Enjoy nature - eat meat, wear fur and drive your car!)
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To: GSWarrior

Climate change causes global shrinkage??


35 posted on 08/03/2010 11:38:33 AM PDT by FourPeas (God Save America)
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To: GSWarrior

“I like the red ones the best”


36 posted on 08/03/2010 11:41:37 AM PDT by Taffini ( Mr. Pippen and Mr. Waffles do not approve and neither do I)
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To: MNJohnnie

“Right, which is why most of the worlds largest land based animals all live in.....sub Sahara Africa.”

Yes, but the elephants that live in Canada are larger than those that live in sub Sahara Africa..


37 posted on 08/03/2010 11:45:37 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: MNJohnnie

LOL, great point man, sheeze ....


38 posted on 08/03/2010 11:46:54 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: GSWarrior
Lead Ornithologist Steve Martin was laughed at when he first proposed his thesis, but his critics are laughing no more.

"How can they tell you're small?"

"They give you a test -- it's a balloon -- if you can get inside -- they know -- you're small --"

"OK, kids, we're movin' now ... We're having some fun -- here at the fabulous Boarding House ..."

39 posted on 08/03/2010 11:48:22 AM PDT by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: Scythian


They are getting smaller as compared to this photo my great grand pappy took.
40 posted on 08/03/2010 11:48:46 AM PDT by Scythian
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