Tuesday, October 25, 2022

The Birds are Fine

Ya know, it is entirely possible to love nature and try to be responsible about it without turning into a raving eco-freak.  Derp.

One of the sites I follow is the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, cuz, like I'm a bird nerd.  This morning their headline was all about birds and how they're 'a multiplier for environmental justice'.  No clue what a multiplier is in this context, but :shrug: these people like to make up words or use words to mean other things.  

Anyway, the lead-in blurb talks about creating green spaces in cities so weary birds have a place to rest.  As if cities cover a bigger portion of the planet than they do.  Bird wants a place to rest?  They can easily steer left or right, avoiding whatever city is its path.  Or they can stop on the rooftops of whatever buildings they're passing by.  Derp.  Birds are versatile that way.

I just did a search - how much of the planet is covered by cities? Wow, the numbers are all over the place when you just look at the blurbs on the search page.  However, I think I found a more rational estimation.  It's .3%  Point three percent of the land mass.  Not the total planet.  (You know, because a big percent is covered by water, which would make that percent even smaller.)  

So, yeah.  

Even the larger estimates are only .6, although one obvious eco-freak site says 3% without the point.  Taking the hugely inflated number, that means that 97% of the land is city free.  

Basically, what I'm saying is don't worry about it.  The birds are fine.  They stay away from the cities whenever possible.  Like I do.  ;o)

1 comment:

  1. Yeah. I'm still scratching my head over smearing mashed potatoes on a Monet painting in a museum. WTF does that have to do with saving the planet? Eco-freaks. Just like the electro-freaks. MUST HAVE ELECTRIC CARS!!! NO MORE FOSSIL FUEL!!!! Uhm...how do they think electricity is made? I mean like over 70% of it. But try to tell them that and they'll call you a liar even if you show them the FACTS, as published by the federal government. And then there's New Zealand's cow burb tax. Are they effing kidding? Sadly, no. And don't get me started on climate change because...guess what people?!?! We do NOT live on a static planet. It is CONSTANTLY CHANGING. Okay. Getting more coffee and then heading to Wallyworld now that the rain is over. Have a great day! And yeah, the birds can pretty much handle themselves out there in the city.