Sunday, January 16, 2011

Are the Animal Die-Offs Connected or Not?

This short article in the New York Times points out how people tend to try to find common explanations for events which  happen at the same time. It presents some good evidence for the unrelated causes of the two major blackbird die-offs.

The article also puts the number of dead birds in context: “Five billion birds die in the U.S. every year,” Ms. Driscoll said, “so statistically some have to die at the same time.” The population of red-winged blackbirds is more than 200 million, she said, and they fly in flocks of 100,000 to 2 million. “So 5,000 sounds like a lot of birds, but really it is a relative number.”

What do you think? 

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