Invertebrate numbers nearly halve as human population doubles.
The decline of birds
might have something to do with this recent news that half the insects (and spiders, crustaceans, slugs, worms) are gone.
They saw "birds entering the solar flux and igniting, consequently become a streamer,"
for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair. BrightSource
concentrated solar plant is a "mega-trap"
for wildlife, with the bright light of the plant attracting insects, which in turn attract insect-eating birds that fly to their death in the intensely focused light rays. Estimates range as high as one streamer every two minutes at a single plant, though this is disputed. A Federal report
) is "occasionally gruesome".
...the Department of Transportation will not keep secret the data we collect on birds striking airplanes. - Ray LaHood, United States Secretary of Transportation
From the dreaded mourning dove
to the nefarious Canada goose
to the humble armadillo
, the FAA's recently
released National Wildlife Strike Database ON-LINE
contains information on aircraft/wildlife strikes from over 100,000 reported incidents between 1990 and 2008. [more inside]
the new urban jungle
. . . is a growing movement led by cities like San Francisco
, New York
, and Leiden
to restore active and vibrant natural systems in urban areas. Far from the eden-like depictions of nature of yesteryear, i.e. the garden of earthly delights
(nonetheless, still attracting some dynamic new christian converts
), the movement has morphed into today's backyard and grassroots environmental movement which is more and more a picture of hybridity, compromise, mixed-use, and ultimately, taking nature out of the walled islands of zoos, aquaria, national parks and other thick-walled institutions and offering a different kind of everyday "unmediated"
community experience with the new urban wilderness
Bird Watchers Guide
on Flickr. "Linked list of species submitted; find all photos of a species here".