Reason #3 why the number of bird strikes has gone way, way up

There are more geese now than there used to be because the environment supports life better than it used to.   –me

What am I talking about? Time Magazine has been bloviating about how the US Airways plane ran into the flock of geese because of global warming. You see, the annual number of bird strikes by aircraft has gone from 1,759 in 1990 to 7,666 in 2007. They say the reasons are either

  1. New, quiet commercial airplane engines can’t be heard by birds. It seems that environmentalists believe that two quiet engines are much worse than four 140 decibel screaming, howling jet engines for the environment. At least until they disturb the sleep patterns of peregrine falcons or suburban raccoons.
  2. Habitat destruction and climate change has disrupted migratory patterns of birds. It’s funny how all the “climate change” made bird migrations move directly into the path of aircraft, and no bird migrations moved out of aircraft paths.

#3 would be that there are more birds flying around than there used to be because the environment supports a lot more of them.

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