In an article recently published in the journal “Arctic,” Dr. Mark Mallory and two other scientists from the Canadian Wildlife Service reported their findings on a study of six species of Arctic birds that are perishing by the thousands as they now endure global warming effects such as insects, unpredictable weather and avalanches.
Birds like the thick-billed murres, fulmars, and black-legged kittiwakes have been observed being plagued by mosquitoes, as well as being found with broken wings and fatalities from colliding with one another in thick fog or being thrown against cliffs by gusting winds.
In one catastrophic event, the researchers estimated that 800 birds were killed when a cliff they were resting on collapsed due to erosion. While the scientists did not intend to focus on fatalities related to a warming planet, Dr. Mallory commented, “A high proportion of the adult birds we see tend to be dying [due] to factors related to climate and weather.”
Though deeply saddened by these tragedies, we are grateful for such research about these valued species.
May such findings hasten our actions to protect our fragile ecosystems and fellow beings. Supreme Master Ching Hai has often addressed the heartrending plight of our animal co-inhabitants and humanity’s ability to stop it, as during an August 2008 videoconference with our Canadian Association members.