From Sharon Armbrust
Subject Birds, bees, other insects
I live in south central Ohio in a rural community and I have also observed
fewer birds and almost no insects. Porch lights at night usually
attract moths and other flying insects. There are almost none.
Trips in the car -- rarely a bug on the windshield. Few bees.
I do flower gardening and see few bees of any kind. Fewer than last
Also rarely see wild rabbits, skunks, raccoons, groundhogs. For
several years now, I have not seen turtles crossing the roadways.
Years ago I rescued many, many turtles crossing busy roads, carrying them
across the road in the direction in which they were traveling.
Squirrels seem to be doidng well.
I struggle with my energy level being low.
This is frightening.
From Kenneth Drescher
September 4, 2017
My wife made a recent trip back to West Newton, Pa to visit the kids and
grandkids. She called me and said she has only seen two lightning bugs
in three weeks. This was in June and July, 2017. Twenty years ago
there were so many lightning bugs at night our kids would chase and catch
them all the time. We live in Arizona now and there are no lightning bugs
here. There is a lot of fracking going on all over that area now. The
nights used to be alive with lightning bugs, crickets, katydids and tree
toads. This really needs an investigation. We grew up with lightning bugs
and it is a shame that’s kids of today and tomorrow may never see one.
From Kent Cook
Hi Jeff, the wife and I drove down to Silver Lake, Oregon this last Saturday
and the whole front and windshield of the truck got covered with bugs.
So, things are good in southeastern Oregon at least!
From Melvin Bennett
Subject Bug Report From North Carolina
Been listening to your show for about 15 years now I guess. You
are a part of my daily ritual and thank you so much for all the information
and wonderful informative guests you book on the show.
Now for the bug/bird report, and I've been asking people around the country
I talk to; the very same question for the last several years. 'Where
have all the bugs and birds gone?' Most have all said the same thing,
a general decline in birds and bugs, where ever they live in the midwest
like Wisconsin and Ohio, to the east in Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Bird population came back a little this year from the previous 2 to 3
years of almost no birds at all. They use to be all over the place,
flying between the condo buildings and all over the property here in Charlotte,
NC. There were blue jays fighting with cardinals over turf,
so to speak. No more.
We have several ponds on the property that attracted Canadian geese and
ducks, and that population is way down as well. In fact, only 2
geese mated and produced 8 little ones, earlier in the summer. They
must have moved on after their offspring grew big enough to fly.
Because they disappeared. Also at night there would be dozens
of frogs in these ponds, croaking away in the evening and night.
That hardly exists anymore either.
Bees have not been around at all for several years. This summer and last.
a distinct lack of mosquitoes (which is alright with me) and even the
occasional pest of the housefly buzzing around the inside of your windows,
did not occur even once this summer. Haven't seen a firefly this summer
either, when there use to be dozens.
The only thing that seems to thrive around here, are hornets and wasps,
since they are heartier insects than the honey bee. They must be
protected somehow better than other flying pests. Not many
spiders as well, only one had the nerve to build a web on my patio deck
this summer. And lawn Rabbits can be seen in the evening and
night, hard to tell whether their population is down or not, since they
multiply pretty good.
So, it appears they are doing a good job of killing off, the lower forms
of life from Coast to Coast. God knows what this means for the human race
and life in general on Planet Earth.
Hope you are well !
In August, its understood. Every August, my grandparents, and my
parents would say, every time we’d go outside, “Be careful….yellow jackets
are working.” From June til frost, it was our responsibility to
avoid getting stung. If there was a nest right in your face, you
had to address it, and the only option was lethal chemicals. If
there was a nest right in your face, respect would shift from respect
for nature to frantic self-preservation. If there was a nest right
in your face, the last thing that would have occurred to you was that
the day would come when you’d worry about what had happened to the wasps.
This is the day.
I’ve watched all summer for the beginnings of nests in places I frequent.
Places that have, for the 58 years I’ve been here, always had several.
There’s only one on the farm that I suspect…in the back of the barn, and
I’ve not laid eyes on a wasp all summer until today, when a red wasp flew
near me….and I rejoiced.
One garden spider installed a nest, but she only lasted a week.
When once there’d be 30 cardinals, dozens of chickadees and nuthatches,
sparrows, finches, and a number of woodpeckers daily, now the numbers
are maybe a third of that. The red squirrels no longer reach their
full size. There are still bees, but their numbers are few.
Since spring, at least 30 turtles have left the pond and died at about
100 ft. from the water. Mosquitoes are terrible, but there have
been few days this summer without rain. Poison ivy and briars were
growing at astronomical rates even in early spring. And, of course,
everything has bloomed and matured 3 to four weeks early. I love
knowing what others are experiencing. Is there any other site devoted
to this kind of journaling?
West central Mississippi
From: Andrew Brown
Subject: No Butterflies
I'm in Hampshire UK. The garden is like a dead zone. The butterfly shrub,
has no thing on it. As a child, in the 1970's I remember same bush bristling
alive with dozens of butterflies. This year, to start, there were none.
Mid summer a few now and then. To be honest, now, the only place I see
butterflies is on television. However, even these aren't real butterflies
because it's an animated advert to sell more toxic plastic junk. In my
opinion, as a BSC university graduate, the neonicitinoid farming chemicals
have created a paradigm shift. Really done some deep down damage that
has set the eco system into a death spiral.
From: Tom-Scott Gordon
Hello again, folks...
Spring and parts of early Summer brought waves of songbirds to central
Arkansas. I haven't seen any lately except the big black crows and a few
fat robins, typical of the number of survivors by season's end.
Insects were heavy at first, but levels have gone up and down. I got 8
tick bites around May-June, but not a single one since on the same wild
food forest site. Butterflies are common, mosquitos too, in places. Oddly,
the incident of knats & chigger bites has been quite random too. They
are definitely moving through in small swarms.
From Deb Lozensky
Hello Jeff Rense,
Great show tonight! Thank-you for your great site and radio show!
I listen every day.
I live in ND. There was a period last fall where I said to
my husband "What happened to all the birds?" They just seemed to disappear
overnight. But this summer, I have in my yard Sparrows, Robins,
Doves, Blackbirds, Finches, etc. and lots of babies! We also
have more bugs and mosquitos than I want! We are having a drought this
year, so I give them fresh water every day and when I water my garden.
They are all there looking for worms, especially the robins. Our skies
are blue and I see very few chemtrails lately. Again, Love your
Location - Yorkshire England
I can report a lack of bugs here in the north of England. I
live in a lush green rural area with plenty of bird life, however
very few bugs on the car windshield or radiator grill. We have local
beekeepers, still plenty of bees buzzing around the garden, but the
car should be covered in bug splats, it hasn't been washed all year.
A point to note is that this is a cattle and sheep grazing area and
very little pesticide is used around here.
In the west of England we still have some fields that are
contaminated with Ceasium from Chernobyl. No livestock are allowed
to be grazed on the contaminated fields. In the aftermath of
Chernobyl we retained our bug population. Never see chem-trails up
here the sky is bright blue, much bluer than in the USA.
Having hung out in New England for some time last year i was
shocked that i never heard bird song in the morning, or for that
matter ever saw anything other than turkey buzzards. I noticed a
lack of bugs there last year, i also noticed that the sky in the USA
always seemed to be the wrong colour, ie washed out white with a
halo around the sun.
Keep up the good work, Jeff
From Barry Egerton
Jeff, Thanks for all you do.
I was able to leave the West Coast do in part to all your information.
It took me a year after Fukashima to get out and move back to Calgary,
Alberta from Vancouver BC. I was also able to convince others to leave.
It was hot as hell in Vancouver during the initial fallout which amounted
to about half the radiation that Tokyo was getting, coming down in the
I am happy to report that there are plenty of bugs and birds in the eastern
foothills of the Rockies,
I have a friend who lives in the interior of BC who tells me that the
bugs and birds situation is still normal. However, the Adams River
salmon run is greatly reduced and all of the fish returning from the Pacific
are covered with white tumors that go all the way through the flesh.
Evidence Fukushima Radiation Heavily
Circles The Entire Northern Hemisphere
Date: September 1, 2016
Same issue here in Ireland. No bugs!! I've never been a fly killer, but
now I'm seriously aware we need to protect the insects. No insects= no
Date: August 5, 2016 at 8:21:29 AM PDT
Subject: Bug Report
Hi Jeff… I live in Oklahoma City, and this summer we have
had ample rain. Everything is green and leafy, so there should
be an abundance of bugs. Even in drier years there can be plenty
of them. But this summer, the bug count is well below what it has
been in the past.
On the property of the house where I live, we have 2 large night lights
mounted on power poles. In summers past, there would be a
cloud of bugs around them...as well as the porch light at the front door…you
would have to fight the bugs to get in the door. Not the case
this year. There are a few...but just a few. Even last year,
there were more than now and many more 2-3 years ago.
I just played a show done by Josh Tolley and he said in Wisconsin he would
walk thru the grasses and the grasshoppers would be jumping out of the
grass…but he hasn't seen one in 3 or 4 years.
Thank you for all the years of information. Long time listener,
going back to the mid-90s.
Date: August 3, 2016
Subject: Lack of bugs
Anyone who has driven in California's Central Valley has known how messy
your radiator, chrome and windows become, encrusted with hundreds of huge,
juicy agricultural insects.
In the recent past a trip across the valley would mean a trip to the car
This past month of July 2016 I drove across the Central Valley from Yuba
City to Clear Lake. No bugs. I drove down Highway 5 to Merced. No bugs.
I drove back to Yuba City.
My Son and I laughed when one medium sized bug hit the windshield near
Stockton. One Bug!
Last year I had visits from about 3 mosquitos. This year I saw only one
I do not see many birds now in the Sierra Nevada foothills. These forested
hills previously teemed with bugs, birds and critters. As I walk along
I search for critters like ants, grasshoppers and beetles. I very rarely
This forest is becoming too quiet.
Fireflies Vanishing Along With Other Flying Insects
Date: August 3, 2016 at 12:03:31 PM PDT
Subject: Dying Insects Central WV
Love the show, especially love the Yochi and Dana episodes.
You are correct, almost no one else talks about Fukushima.
I live in the almost Geographic center of WV... a couple miles from it.
It's heavily-wooded and rural, the whole county only has about 11,000
I'm 43, so I remember before all the craziness started.
I have seen a major decline in both insects, birds and creek life.
The yard used to be full of birds years ago, the creeks used to be full
of minows and crawcrabs (crawfish). Looking out my window onto the
10 acres of meadow beside my house on this warm summer afternoon I don't
see or hear 1 bird. The creek is literally empty of life (especially
compared to the life it used to have when I was a kid).
As far as bugs, there are still a few, mostly wasps... (haven't seen a
fly in the house or outside at all for a few years) the lighting bug population
is way down (they used to be every where in the summers). We still
have some spiders, but I can jog around the field in the evening without
a shirt and not get bitten by anything.
I also don't have to clean my windshield at all anymore ( and I only wash
my car about twice a year, the rain washes off the dirt mostly). The windshield
never needs cleaned at all. It was cicada season, as a kid they
would be so thick in the yard you almost could not go outside... I think
I saw 3 this year.
I find the radiation numbers in this week in your radation so high there
hard to believe, there damn scary if true. When I have the money
I am going to buy a radiation detector so I can test for myself.
I have a Radex picked out I heard you recommend on Amazon.
As Far as the county... when I grew up no one locked there doors here,
everyone was friendly. People would gather in groups every where
on Fri and Sat nights and hang out, talk, and socialize.
Now Meth and Pills have basically wiped the place out... along with the
coal mines shutting down. We actually have herion overdoses occur
on a regular basis. The county is empty after dark even on weekends
(I mean no one). We had 2 deputies and 1 state police when I was
in high school. Now we have almost 30. Pretty much they keep
everything locked down so no one goes out unless they have to.
Also people don't visit much anymore, they don't talk to each other at
the grocery store. (I am guilty of that, just get in and get out
before I have to talk to anyone). I used to love to hike, and take
drives, hang out with friends. Now I am glued to the internet day
in and day out (just like everyone else)... nothing else to do.
Atleast I try to watch informative stuff. Catherine Fitts Jay Weidner,
Joeseph Ferral, Gerald Celente on your show (people along those lines),
It's sad... it's such a waste and so stupid that the world has been
driven to this...and by design.
Anyway that's what I see happening here...
Love the Show
Date: August 3, 2016 at 12:43:06 AM PDT
To: ContactRense <email@example.com>
Subject: the biosphere (or lack thereof)
My grandma, a few weeks ago, complained about no birds in her neighborhood,
say 6-7 miles SE of downtown Denver.
I am 10 blocks E of downtown, and there is only the slightest decline
in bird and bug activity. we've got squirrels & many crows, that do
their daily sunrise & sunset hell raising session. we've got
insects, bees, flies, wasps, and my nightly mano y mano battle with the
occasional mosquito lookin for blood, continues. we have raptors, that
i heard and saw in the trees this afternoon, and the only bird i dislike,
the flying pooh device, pigeons. why this area does not reflect
your findings I do not know.
thank you so very much for your work, there is a reason the attempt on
your life did not succeed. May God have mercy on us for what we have,
and continue to do to our mother Earth.
Date: August 3, 2016 at 3:34:08 AM PDT
I am in southwest Georgia, and this place is crawling in gnats,
mosquitoes and flies during the summer. They are out in force this year,
but I did notice that the gnats were late. They make their appearance
in mid April to early May and this year there was a marked absence of
them for several weeks. It was enough to comment on at any rate. I think
it would be a good idea to map the reports on the insects and layer them
over any radiation tracking maps and see if there is any correlation.
All the best.
From Ron xxxxxx
Date: August 2, 2016 at 1:17:31 PM PDT
Subject: NO BUGS
Hi Jeff...My name is Ron xxxxxxx, I live in a very nice trailer
park in the foot hills of the Gallatin mountains, in the small town of
Emigrant, Montana which is located about thirty north of the north entrance
of Yellowstone Park. My mobile home has a stream flowing right next to
it and there is on the property a small pond. Four years ago you could
not go outside in the summer unless you wanted to be attacked by millions
of mosquitoes and flies. Last year there were some mosquitoes but they
hid out in the tall grasses and would only come out when one walked through
the grass. I got bit maybe six times all summer.
This year, I have not seen a single Mosquito and I have seen only the
occasional fly. The pond on the property which is only about three hundred
feet from our mobile should be an ideal breeding ground for the mosquitos
but they are gone. I have had not one single bite this year. I travel
around the state on business which I do a lot of outdoor arts and craft
shows. I use to get bit constantly, but this year not one single bite.
I walk my dogs around the pond every morning and I really enjoyed watching
all the Dragon flies, but this year they are all gone as well.
From: "Stewart xxxxx"
Date: August 2, 2016 at 6:38:48 PM PDT
Subject: fyi, bugs, etc.
I’ve sent emails to you about this over the past couple years. For
approximately 20 years I’ve driven frequently in the OH, WV, PA, and VA
areas (Appalachia/rust belt). I recall trips where after say 3-5
hours of driving the front of the vehicle was covered in bugs. The
past 2-3 years I’ve noticed this is not the case anymore. Few bees,
wasps, yellow jackets and the high amount of other flying insects such
as flies, dragon flies, butterflies, mayflies are also absent. We
did have a good hatch of 13 and 17 year locust (cicada) in the part of
OH where I’m originally from. If it is weather related you would
think that the cicada would not have had such a good hatch. Very
worrisome. Thus far I can’t say that I see a huge decline in birds
but I’m being more watchful now.
From: tom xxxxxxxxxx
Date: August 2, 2016 at 2:08:54 PM PDT
To: Jeff Rense <ContactRense@Earthlink.net>
Subject: YES --- VERY FEW BIRDS!
I just drove around the edge of Little Rock on an errand and did not see
one bird in the sky, none on the wires, none on the ground. When I got
home, I did hear some in the trees, but there are very few to speak of.
A few Big nasty blackbirds tried to get my figs the other day. I'll let
you know if they return. They do have the ability to eat more than other