Global Warming

Experientiality does not count when discussing global warming. It works both ways.

People who do not believe in climate change claim that summers are as hot as the have always been and winters have been as cold as they have ever been. What climate change?

Believers contend that this summer is hotter than they can remember.

Both points of view are correct.

If I may digress a moment – and I will – the Scientific Method was pounded into me in high school and college. You experience, you observe, you measure and you come up with a theory open to all to prove or disprove.

Your experience is limited to you in a single place. Climate change is global.

Globally, sea level is rising. I can’t quote the numbers nor do I want to. The scientific theory is that global warming should be melting the planet’s ice caps causing sea level to rise. It is observable and measurable.

Digressing again, I was trained to be an Ornithologist – even though that degree was not offered at SUNY Stony Brook. I settled for Biology and Environmental Studies. More succinctly, I was a birdwatcher.

Over the past 50 years I have seen some things.

The Cardinal was considered a southern bird back in the day. Now, not only do I see them on Long Island, but they hang around all year – not migrating.

The Carolina Wren is a southern bird as the name implies. Interesting to hear them – they are loud – and now, they are pretty common here in the Northeast.

Canadian Geese: They breed here now, early in the season. Sometimes the goslings cross the road forcing all traffic to stop. Some still migrate to Canada but we have a resident population on Long Island that irritates some people. Goose dung. That sort of thing.

Mockingbirds: In old time days it was considered a southern bird. Now, you can see and hear them all day long here on the Island of Long.

Blue Jays: 50 years ago, they were ubiquitous and noisy all summer long. They like acorns – among other things. They are omnivores. Today, I saw my first one the other day. They like the colder climes it seems, and Long Island is too hot for them.

From my point of view, based on observation and the life of birds, I would contend that climate change affects birds.

And us too!

How is climate change affecting birds?


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