Birds of a feather

A flippant headline, “Global warming may mean bye-bye for some birdies,” from an Associated Press story by Seth Borenstein indicates that maybe even some press editors are becoming skeptical about the unbelievable hype over the man-made “global warming” theory. Many reasons (assuming one can reason) discredit a notion about bird species moving about because of habitat changes caused by temperature increases due to anthropological-induced warming.

A report conducted by the Audubon Society’s “chief scientist” and vice president is suspect from the get-go—something analogous to a Ford Motor Co. executive finding that by the year 2080 most Americans will be driving Fords. Maybe; but how could anyone know that? More importantly, why would anyone believe it?

The report by Gary Langham hasn’t been peer reviewed, critical for a validation of any scientific theory. And it has not been accepted by a scientific journal. Usually, these science insiders only reject papers that refute the politically-driven warming theory. So, I assume, Langham’s report will eventually be favorably reviewed and published. Meanwhile, we have other suspicions about this report.


One rests on its being based on “a report Audubon did last year” that was funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an Interior Department agency. I believe that it has been infiltrated at high levels (political appointees) by environmental activists with preconceived agenda. I no longer trust our federal bureaucrats to be objective (because I was once one of them in previously more trustworthy times).

Then, there’s Duke University ecologist Stuart Pimm. Dr. (I presume) Pimm “dismissed the study as too general, poorly executed and not that new.” Pimm’s comments are unusually significant because a large body of university scientists have bought into the warming scam. Their careers depend on funding and praise from political warming activists.

Finally, birds are probably the most mobile and adaptable land animals on the planet. Even tiny, seemingly fragile, humming birds fly thousands of miles each year, back and forth to extraordinarily different earthly and atmospheric habitats, and survive as a species.

No evidence in the AP story gives reason to believe that, even assuming “climate change” (and, of course, climate is always changing not matter what we do) birds will not be able to adapt and thrive. Animals continually adjust to environmental changes. We are all birds of a feather.


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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