As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

STORKS SURVIVING WINTER BY EATING JUNK INSTEAD OF MIGRATING

Jan 23 2016, 2:51am CST | by Sumayah Aamir

Storks have stopped their Annual Migrations due to Human Interventionism

Storks have stopped their annual migrations due to human interventionism. It seems mankind has a lot of expertise in producing tons of garbage.

Human meddling in the affairs of Nature is not something new. Since primitive man burned down whole areas of grassland, mankind has been pushing Nature to the edge with the many wasteful activities.

Destruction of wildlife via hunting and fishing causes many species to undergo a loss of habitat. The ensuing climate change due to the release of greenhouse gases has led to wildlife populations migrating to other areas or dwindling in their numbers.

The latest news suggests that we have the capacity to alter or even completely annihilate the migration patterns of animals. This would be a big mistake since it damages the ecological webs more than anything else.

Since many animal species are fast becoming extinct, they have been placed on the endangered species list. They happen to be our #1 priority right now as stewards of the planet. Animal migration patterns are firmly set in their ways and a part and parcel of the fabric of Nature. 

The migration trajectories followed by young white storks are common knowledge among biologists. These birds are being influenced by human communities that lie along the route of their journey.

Where the storks stop on the way to their destination and for how long is determined by mankind. This might surprise many, but it is true.


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