Response to letter about birds | Letters

“Where have all the birds gone?” asked Chelsea Irene Harrington in the Aug. 17 edition of the Islands’ Sounder. I have been missing the bird visitors at my home as well.

Researchers such as the Audubon Society have observed that some bird species have moved their ranges northward as much as eight miles per year in response to warmer winter temperatures.

This is another phenomenon we may attribute to the global warming period which we are currently experiencing. We have many, many more native trees than we did several decades ago when most of the land was cleared for raising farm animals, hay, and food crops. Trees were also cut in those days for firewood and lumber. The hundreds of trees around my home were not even here in the 1950s. But we had an abundance of many bird species at that time.

Betty Jean Rodenberger-Densmore

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