Sulphur Hot Springs, New Mexico, Diane Small discussed on Here & Now

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Weather related. However, what we don't know we've started seeing this before the weather event happen so that that is troubling and it brings up the question is what else is contributing to the? Odd. Behavior was seeing and birds and the large number of deaths were seeing and birds, and so it could be related to the fires. Some birds may have had to change their migratory routes they may have been forced to leave early they may have inhaled smoke and have some damage to their lungs. When you talk about odd behaviors, what does that mean? What are you saying? Well. We're seeing birds in lethargic conditions where they're just sitting on the ground and you can walk up to them. We're seeing birds that normally are in shrubs and trees feeding on insects are running around on the ground chasing insects down we have. Seen swallows die in groups roosting together and an old nest by a barn swallow up to a dozen. We've seen birds up in northern. New Mexico by the Sulphur Hot Springs Diane Small, Group, some of them even in the hot springs, others kind of grouping into. Caverns in the ground or outside of a little. Cavern burrow in the ground. So just very odd behavior. And we have had very odd weather. You mentioned some of it there but certainly, it's been an unusual year and it's been an unusual series of years. How much of this is related to climate change? Do you think? It's at this the scientists in me will say at this point, we really don't know but certainly here in New Mexico has been very dry year most of the deaths that we're seeing are insectivores and if these birds are having to. Reroute themselves and then there this normally not a very active stopover site for birds during the migratory period and we're seeing some birds that we normally don't see if they have to if they're landing here and then there isn't enough food for them to feed on certainly enough insect. Certainly, that could cause some of them to starve to death and that is a drought related phenomenon. Is there anything that can be done about this by humans? Yeah that's a hard question i. what we need to do right now is kind of get an idea of the magnitude of the issue. So one of the things that we've done is we have. A platform on I naturally. And it's called the Southwest Avian Mortality Project, and this is where folks Upload pictures that they see or share observations. So that will help us understand the magnitude of this event When you lose this many birds that's got to have an effect on the overall population and these species that are being hurt by this. Absolutely you know we have seen an estimated three billion birds die since nineteen seventy across the United States. We've seen drastic declines in insects in the United States, North America, and these have had enormous. You know the the insect, the declines in insect populations. Obviously, we'll have an enormous impact on the activists, birds and and event like this where so many birds have died. On populations that are already stressed and.

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