One more for the global warming bill: Across the region that spans Oregon and California, hawk chicks are jumping from their nests before they learn to fly, in an attempt to escape the intense heat, according to several scientists and experts in animal conservation.

The problem is not unique to hawks, although this seems to be the most recurrent species. The volume of incidents has worried conservation entities.


One of them, speaking to the Washington Post, said she recorded the equivalent of “three months” of bird deaths in three days, referring to the number of animals killed by the fall or that had to be euthanized because of it.

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Image shows a nest of peregrine falcons. Global warming is causing hawk chicks to jump out of their nests before they can learn to fly, increasing the death rate for these animals
A nest of peregrine falcons in the USA. Global warming is causing baby animals to leap to their deaths to escape the heat. Image: Ken Griffiths/Shutterstock

The mentioned region has been affected by strong waves of heat, forest fires and even an ice storm—a sign of a change in the natural course and volume of extreme weather events. According to Bob Sallinger, director of conservation at Portland Audubon, these situations should serve as a warning to people:

"I think these events actually serve as a wake-up call," he told the Washington Post. "Global warming is among us, and the impacts it brings are increasingly evident."

He added, “The scariest thing, for me, as someone who has been working with bird conservation for decades, is the fact that these abnormal events are becoming more and more common. They occur at an accelerated pace. And no one fully understands the results of this.”

in sky and sea

In addition to the birds, the marine environment is also facing similar problems.: In the northwestern region of the Pacific Ocean, scientists have identified more than a billion sea creatures killed by unusual heat waves. The area contemplates the coast of the United States and part of the coastal region of Canada.

According to experts who spoke to the New York Times, the scenes are uncomfortable even for the most experienced in the field: mussels "boiled" inside their shells, starfish completely dehydrated and whole schools of salmon that are difficult to swim, or dying, in water of warmer than normal rivers.

Image shows a hand holding several mussels.
Mussels are not withstanding the intense heat in the seas and are literally being cooked inside their shells. Image: Lightman David/Shuttertock

“It looks like a scene from those post-apocalyptic movies,” Christopher Harley, a marine biologist at the University of British Columbia, told the newspaper.

The situation is corroborated by experts from the University of Queensland, Australia, who cite an event that took place millions of years ago, when marine species of all kinds began to avoid the seas of the equator: “when the same thing happened 252 ago millions of years, 90% of all marine species have died,” experts said.

They all agree that, species by species, the numbers may be low, but the problem actually covers everyone to some degree: the progression of unseasonable heat in the US has penetrated the breeding season of many animals – in addition to the already ones. cited hawks, whistling hares and some types of toads may also be affected.

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