ANYONE awakened by bird song this morning should cherish the moment....
While town birds are increasing the decibels to compete with urban noise, the countryside is slipping slowly towards an eerie silence.
Many of the iconic birds whose mating calls ring out across woodlands and open fields during early May are vanishing at an alarming rate... http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/397195/The-dawn-chorus-is-dying-out-as-bird-numbers-decrease
July 10, 2013 Guardian Environment
WAKE UP TO THE DANGER OF SLUG PESTICIDES
Metaldehyde in slug poison and fertilisers is showing up in drinking water, while natural garden predators are dying out http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2013/jul/10/slug-pesticides-metaldehyde-drinking-water
May 10, 2013 BBC News -
CLIMATE CHANGE SHIFTS MIGRATING BIRDS' WINTERING GROUNDS http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22484907
National Geographic, October 3, 2013
CAN LONG-DISTANCE MIGRATING SHOREBIRD SURVIVE. Rufa red knot faces depletion of its food sources and its Arctic breeding grounds.
Twice a year, the rufa red knot performs one of the planet's most amazing migrations. After wintering in the southern reaches of Argentina and Chile, the red knot will fly roughly 9,300 miles (15,000 kilometers) north, eventually reaching the Canadian Arctic for a summer of mating and breeding. Come fall, it will return south, this robin-size bird with a mere 20-inch (51-centimeter) wingspan flying without rest for stretches of up to 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/10/131003-rufa-red-knot-threatened-endangered-migrating-birds/#close-modal
Living on Earth December 06, 2013
▶ MESSED UP MIGRATIONS: MONARCHS, WHALES, WILDBEESTS - CLIMATE, DEGRADED ECOSYSTEMS, PESTICIDES http://www.loe.org/shows/shows.html?programID=13-P13-00049#feature4