The Mystery of Bird Deformities and Other Negligence

posted by Jael Ever @ 15:33 PM
November 16, 2010

Scientists in several parts of the country are mystified by the strange outbreak of bird deformities, such as twisted or elongated beaks, and mis-shapened wings.  Because of the extremely high rate of bird abnormalities in this decade, scientists fear that bird species are under attack by some sort of epidemic, which they refer to as “epizootic.”  While the outbreak of strange beak formations, particularly acute in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, has gotten the greatest media attention, biologists elsewhere have also been concerned about crippling wing, as well as skin and feather, abnormalities.  These deformities make it difficult for affected birds to eat, clean feathers, reproduce, or care for their young.

 The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) issued a dire Press Release this week about what scientists label, “Avian Keratin Disorder.” USGS biologist Colleen Handel, warns “The prevalence of these strange deformities is more than ten times what is normally expected in a wild bird population. . . . We are particularly concerned because we have not yet been able to determine the cause, despite testing for the most likely culprits.”  Further, the Press Release issues alarms that this disorder is spreading, and that it may well be a forewarning of “underlying environmental health problems.”  Dr. Handel states in a paper for The Auk Journal, “The sudden appearance of a large cluster of animals with gross abnormalities may signal a significant change in an ecosystem.”  Changes so drastic in ecosystems as to massively affect the only animals living in the upper air will surely affect animals and humans living closer to solid ground.
 
 The scientific world is more aware of Global Warming than others.  Thus, it is surprising that these avian abnormalities have caught scientists off guard.  While most suspect that polluted environments have caused these bird diseases, others call for research into heavy metals, toxins, defective bird foods, bacteria, viruses or fungi for reasons.  But at the rate this avian disorder is spreading, birds may not have time for science to find the answers, much less the solutions.

 These bird deformities are just one more message from the world of nature that something is horribly wrong in the earth.  The problem is that people, especially those in authority, are not taking these warnings seriously.   Several Bible passages indicate that what happens in the animal kingdom serves as metaphors for the future of human beings.  For example, Ecclesiastes 9: 12 says, “ . . . as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.”  And rather than ignoring messages from birds, Deuteronomy 22: 6 indicates that people should be protective of birds! As believers change to warmer Christian clothing wholesale this winter, it is past time to call on God in prayer, asking that these evil times in the animal kingdom do not come to roost, falling suddenly on people nesting comfortably in the nation.

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