Framed by a binocular lens the life of birds looks almost like a separate reality, but science has shown that those birds and the people who watch them share one thing: an ecosystem threatened by global climate change. According to avian experts, birds not only share our ecosystem, but also serve as important indicators of its health. Scientists agree that whatever change happens, whether it’s habitat destruction or extreme weather events, it will manifest first in the environment’s most vulnerable species.
“When birds are showing sides of distress, when there’s a drop in the bird population, then it’s a red flag. It’s a danger signal that something’s wrong with the ecosystem,” said Bob Powers, executive director of the Santa Clara Audubon Society, who has worked to educate people about the dangers faced by both birds and humans.
Because the climate never changed before Mankind used fossil fueled travel and in home icemakers.
Within the more pessimistic scenario modeled, in which sea level rises 1.65 meters by 2110 and little sediment is available, scientists predict a 150% decline in the populations of black rails, common yellow throats, song sparrows and marsh wrens.
????????? How in the hell do you see a 150% percent decrease? Will globull warming cause 50% of the birds to rise up as zombie birds?
Wait, wait, it gets funnier
In an optimistic scenario, in which the sea level rises .52 meters by 2110 and more sediment (sediment availability ranges from 25 to 300 mg/L) is available, scientists predict an increase of about 150% in the clapper rail population and up to 100% increase in the populations of common yellow throats and song sparrows.
So, the situation that is somewhat more realistic in terms of what has happened over the past 7,000 years regarding sea rise would be good for the birds. 1.65 meters is 5.41 feet, .56 meters is 1.837 feet, which is still about double the reality.