Birds missing in Canada and New Zealand – 05/02/2006

  • November 23, 2013 at 11:24 pm #1194
    Milt Bowling, who forwarded on the below article, pointed out in his
    comments that accompanied his message that the reduction in native
    bird populations coincides time wise with the increase in wireless
    technology. There certainly is a wealth of information to support a
    connection but the researchers in the following article seem totally
    oblivious to the possibility that the decline may be at least partly
    due to the increase in environmental microwave levels. Why such a
    research blind spot when it comes to telecommunications? AND who
    would dare fund an investigation?

    Don Maisch

    Canadian Media Guild NEWS : HEALTH+SCI-TEC

    Where have all the sparrows gone?
    By Mary Wiens,
    CBCUnlocked Updated: Sep 27, 2005, 16:32

    As the old hymn has it, God has his eye on every little sparrow.
    However, even He may be having a hard time finding the once
    ubiquitous little birds because the North American population is
    declining. The Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) shows that the number of
    house sparrows, once the most abundant bird species on the
    continent, has fallen by 62 per cent since 1966. In Canada, where
    the data is collected somewhat differently, the BBS estimate of
    their decline is even more dramatic — a drop of 75 per cent since
    1966. No one really knows why there are fewer house sparrows, in
    part because they’re a low priority for most researchers. Becky
    Whitham is a project manager with Project Feeder Watch, part of Bird
    Studies Canada, a non-profit conservation group.

    “The question of whether to care is an interesting one,” says
    Whitham. She sums up the attitude of many researchers towards house
    sparrows: “The most interesting thing is that they’re an introduced
    species. They’re declining. So what?”

    Birds were once annoyingly abundant

    Ever since house sparrows were brought from Europe to New York City
    in 1860, they’ve been met with a combination of hostility and
    exasperation. Sparrows quickly drove out native species such as
    swallows, wrens and bluebirds from their nesting holes. Legend has
    it that in the late 1800s, house sparrows were so abundant that
    committee meetings in New York could no longer be conducted with
    open windows because the jabber of sparrows drowned out the voices

    Tony Erskine, research scientist emeritus with the Canadian Wildlife
    Service, a branch of Environment Canada, says house sparrows
    are “untidy, noisy and quarrel a lot – rather like people.”

    Speaking from his office in Sackville, N.B., Erskine says, local
    residents often go a month without seeing a house sparrow. “That was
    unthinkable 50 years ago.”

    Erskine uses data from the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Counts to
    monitor the decline in house sparrow numbers in the Maritimes. The
    longest-running bird count in the world, the Christmas Bird Counts
    started in 1900 and are done all over North America, including 500
    in Canada. Each count covers a diameter of 24 kilometres.

    Erskine says the sparrow count for Sackville peaked at 1,000 in
    1979. He first detected their decline in the 1980s. By 2001, the
    Christmas Bird Counts found only nine house sparrows in Sackville.

    Host of factors blamed for decline

    Why? Erskine says the only thing he can be sure of is that it’s due
    to a host of factors. Global warming, fewer nesting places, changes
    in snow cover, industrial farming practices – all may be
    contributing. This isn’t the first time house sparrow populations
    have collapsed. Erskine says the 1920s saw another dramatic
    decrease, when horses were replaced by cars in cities across North
    America. Horse droppings carried a lot of undigested grain, a major
    source of food for house sparrows.

    Erskine speculates that with farms being run more like factories,
    the big farms have so much manure they’re attracting larger species
    such as crows and gulls, which in turn drive away the tiny house
    sparrows. Like many other researchers, Erskine isn’t particularly
    concerned about the decline of the house sparrow. “They’re too
    common and too vulgar,” says Erskine. For his part, he’s more
    concerned about the decline of many native species such as whip-poor-
    wills, chimney swifts, swallows and night hawks, particularly over
    the past 15 years.

    Something’s wrong out there.

    But Jon McCracken, a project manager with Bird Studies Canada based
    in Port Rowan on Lake Erie, says the declining house sparrow
    populations can’t be treated as a separate phenomenon. "If it were
    happening to people, we’d be pressing the panic button. But house
    sparrows are so abundant, we still see them."

    McCracken says the decline in house sparrow populations is happening
    all over the world, including Europe, where the sound of house
    sparrows around eaves and rooftops has been familiar for millennia.
    In North America, says McCracken, their decline receives no
    attention because house sparrows are an introduced species. "It’s
    unfortunate," says McCracken. "These are significant declines. It
    points to the fact that something’s wrong out there."

    "The question," says McCracken, "is why." A question for which at
    this point, scientists have no conclusive answers.

    Suspected EMR effects on birdlife

    From Betty Venables:

    Hi Don,

    Further to your list message of last Sunday

    Where have all the
    sparrows gone?’ There are reports from our website of observations
    of suspected rfr effects on birdlife.

    Betty Venables – EMR safety Network Int’l


    With regard to electrical sensitivity, it appears that as well as
    many highly sensitive humans, domestic pets, other animals and birds
    sharing our EMR polluted environment have a story to tell. The
    report of Professor Dr. P. Semm and R Beason, avian brain
    study. `Response of neurons to amplitude modulated microwave
    RF. `contains interesting comments ” Although individual neurons in
    the zebra finch brain responded to the pulsed RF stimulus, we do not
    know whether these responses by the nervous system are manifested in
    the bird’s behavior or its health. ”

    Omega see under:

    And “Whether similar neuronal responses occur in mammals, including
    humans, requires further investigation. Borbély and coworkers [3]
    reported that exposure to a RF signal similar to the one we used
    influenced sleep and sleep electroencephalogram in humans. Their
    results and the responses we recorded clearly indicate the potential
    for effects on the human nervous system.” > [3] Borbély, A. A.,
    Huber, R., Graf, T., Fuchs, B., Gallmann, E., and Achermann, P.,
    Pulsed high-frequency electromagnetic field affects human sleep and
    sleep electroencephalogram, Neurosci. Lett., 275 (1999) 207-210.

    Omega see under:

    This immediately calls to mind a case here in Sydney, NSW,
    Australia, where a large number of caged exotic birds developed
    uncharacteristic destructive behaviour, which veterinary science
    could not explain. Most birds refused to breed, the few that did
    ejected the young from the nest, prematurely. Of two that survived
    only one was relatively normal, the other had no feathers. Some
    breeds became aggressive, attacking mates. Canaries were disinclined
    to sing and their song was limited in range. Most birds molted
    excessively – recognized as a sure sign of stress.

    Our attention was drawn to this case due to the particular location,
    a suburban residence, 200 metres distance from a large 50Hertz
    electricity substation, where an analogue mobile phone transmitting
    antenna had operated from the same site for some time. The birds had
    obviously tolerated this EMR environment with impunity until about
    three months after the upgrading of the mobile phone transmitter
    from analogue to the digital signal, when a dramatic change occurred
    in their health and behaviour . At the same address two pet dogs
    refused to sleep in their usual location, and a neighbour’s homing
    pigeon flock became too disoriented to perform normally.

    In another Sydney suburb, soon after a digital mobile phone base
    station (MBS) was installed on a high rise apartment building where
    a flock of black crows normally roosted, local residents noticed
    that the birds became unusually restless and noisy, suddenly
    vacating the area. Health abnormalities aalso were increasingly
    noted among local residents who were concerned that the MBS
    emissions were implicated.

    These are not the only cases where uncharacteristic bird behaviour
    has been reasonably linked with RFR. Two reports of canary and
    budgerigar breeders linking foot deformaties and `curly’ feathers
    occurring, only after the installation of digital mobile base
    station antenna nearby, should be noted.

    The birds, by their bizarre behaviour appear to have communicated
    eloquently that a recent environmental change posed a major health
    hazard to their kind.

    In our view Professor Semm’s avian brain study is indeed pertinent
    to the first case related here.

    A study of birds, set up to emulate the real life environment of the
    caged birds we encountered, might well give meaningful results as to
    the behaviour and health outcome of birds and other living
    organisms, including humans, in our environment.

    Such research on functioning biological systems other than human
    should be followed by health studies of the human populations at
    risk, in the same RFR zones, adding to the valuable studies of Dr
    Bruce Hocking (Australia) and Professor Santini (France), two such
    studies that should be used to influence authorities to establish
    further serious investigation of the health status of people in
    these high risk environments.

    Wild birds can choose their habitat, avoiding risk to their
    survival, caged birds cannot, nor can the unborn and the very young
    human child. It is our responsibility to provide a safe environment
    for those dependant on our care.


    At a bird sanctuary approximately 40 kilometres from Christchurch
    birds were found to be dying in certain areas of the property Penny
    Hargreaves (Ouruhia, NZ ) visited the property and was surprised to
    find strong radiofrequency radiation (RFR) near a wire fence where
    the birds were found dead and a hedge was dying. Though the property
    is quite extensive it was only three places the birds were dying.
    The location was a small lake area surrounded by trees with wire
    netting on the planks surrounding the water. Dieback was evident on
    the tops of many of the trees n a clump near the lake/pond.

    Penny’s experiences show that where there is metal i.e., tin sheds,
    fences etc. there are more problems with animals illnesses and
    deaths and also with human health.

    Please see the website:


    I, and others have been exposed to emissions from a radio tower
    which had permission to transmit low levels of AM and in 1990
    without permission illegally began transmitting FM. Many people and
    animals in the area became ill, some died. My family, staff, and
    animals have all suffered dreadful health problems. I am a public
    horse trainer and the effects on my horses was catastrophic. Penny
    Hargreaves For the full story please see the website:


    Regarding the story: Where Have All the Sparrows Gone?

    The biophysical effect of microwave radiation on sparrows and other
    birds is actually quite straightforward: when they they fly through
    the intense pancake-shaped wavefront emanating horizontally from a
    cellphone tower, they will be permanently sterilized. They are not
    killed outright; there are no telltale dead birds to count. They
    simply will not be able to reproduce for the rest of their
    lifetimes. This used to happen to servicemen assigned to U.S. radar
    installations before the problem was understood and restrictions
    were placed on access to the radar dishes.

    Birds just do not know the rules. (Perhaps we can teach them?
    Perhaps with strobe lights to chase them away?) The probability that
    a bird will fly into or through this wavefront is quite random, with
    the chances increased dramatically where there is a concentration of
    towers. There has been a dramatic decline of all bird populations,
    with no adequate explanation provided previously, and it mirrors the
    increase in cellphone towers, .

    I had the personal experience of watching a bird build a nest (in
    the carport of my suburban home) but had no offspring. I obviously
    cannot know whether this particular bird was sterile, but it is the
    first time that I have ever seen a nesting failure. I believe this
    is probably becoming a more common sight.

    Jonathan Campbell
    Health Consultant

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