Confirmation - Reports Of
Bugs And Birds Nearly Gone
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Oregon Coast Nearly Devoid Of Animal Life
From Greg Barnes
During our trip through Oregon…
The Fernridge Wildlife Area, normally teaming with life, was virtually devoid of animal life.
We counted approximately 20 ducks...that was it! The heartbreak of this trip was our visit to beautiful Yachats, OR just north of where we lived in the U.S. There was zero life in the tide pools we inspected. A wet handkerchief moment for us both.
Having been blessed with, and still having 20/20 vision and a falconer since 15, I notice any bird of prey.
In the 2500 miles we traveled in Oregon, we counted one (1) Sparrow Hawk. On an average two-hour round trip for years, from the coast to Eugene every week, we could usually count over a hundred Redtailed, Sparrow, Red-shouldered and a few Cooper's hawks. And during our entire visit, our car had a total of 8 windshield bug strikes.
Strange Things Along The Washington Coast
This story repeats over and over here on the Washington Coast. In a typical year we have loads of birds out in our yard every morning but in the last 3 years they have all but vanished. We could sit outside in the evening and watch the martins flying around by the dozens, catching insects. This year, I see a few and that is all. The swallows have also thinned out to almost nothing. They usually leave around the same time each year, but the last two years, they have left very early and this year, they are almost all gone. The bugs I don't miss, but they are thinning out. I also wonder if the Orca's diminished birth rates and the fact that a pod has had zero successful births since 2015 have something to do with the accident.
We as a nation and a planet need to face the fact that all of this is like giant warning light, flashing in our face.
Is it too late for us? At this point, I think we are pretty much done.
Wildlife Extinction Catastrophe In The Florida Everglades
The Fukushima ELE Continues To Wipe Out Life
Have spent a good deal of time down in the Everglades of Florida. We are now having red and blue tides with thousands of dead fish and manatees washing up around here, too.
The Everglades, once loaded with wildlife, has virtually NONE now where we visit. Not one squirrel, not one bird, no raccoons…NOTHING.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife doesn't know what to make of it.
Scott Berlin - No Birds, Insects, Flies, Mosquitos Or Moths
Southeast Ohio…A Small Exception
From Stewart Lewis
Bugs here are back to normal levels. Honeybees have actually rebounded over the past few years (this being the best), we’ve had fireflies come back, tons of butterflies (I have had several actually land on my fingers and photos of one small one), biting flies have been horrible. Other pests such as the Mexican bean beetle have been very bad and some aphids in addition to tons of hornworms (had to resort to BT spray). We also have close to the usual cricket noise at night, but I’d say just slightly lower in volume. Overall the bird population is back to normal. Deer and turkey populations very high and many other animals much better than previous years. Snapping turtle, toad, and other aquatic life decent to very good.
As for the weather we had an unusual amount of cold days that extended well up into the end of April and even had snow then. Highly unusual. Then in May we had abnormally hot weather up in the 80s! The heat now (ca. 80-93 F) is not uncommon and many years past during these “dog days of August” it would go up to 100 F frequently.
My overall observation is that this area is not affected as dramatically as others. I have noticed less bug deposits on the car; however, I have also been driving far less miles. I should hope that other pockets are not as adversely affected as the West Coast seems to be.
It would be of value to track and map these records. In a number of radio shows you have pointed out that the trend is a decline in most areas but that some places have either normal levels or rebounding levels. By tracking these geographically, a valuable picture might emerge.
Hi Dear Reader,
When I googled 'no birds, no insects, no flies, no mosquitos, no moths’, I landed on your site https://rense.com/general96/birdsbugs.htm and saw where you ask for Confirmation - Reports Of Bugs And Birds Nearly Gone.
I live in Berlin, next to a few big trees. My windows are open, It’s summer. It has never, ever - in recorded history - been as hot as it has been these days... 35°-36°C (95°-97° Fahrenheit). There are NO birds, no insects, no flies, no mosquitos, no moths. There is just SILENCE. I could never ever have the windows open at night because too many insects would fly in. Not this year. I am witnessing a BIIIIG catastrophe…
North Carolina 2300-2700 Feet
Western North Carolina Mountains
I spend summers in the mountains of Western North Carolina, elevation 2300 ft to 2700 ft.
Last summer we noticed that there were fewer birds than normal, but this summer there are plenty of birds of varied species: cardinals, pileated woodpeckers, goldfinches, redbellied woodpeckers, nuthatches, twohees, bluebirds, titmice, mourning doves, crows, robins, hummingbirds, swallows, thrushes, wrens and warblers. Their numbers are not huge, but we see or hear each of these species on or near our heavily-treed lot almost every day, as opposed to last year, when their numbers were noticeably smaller. (No, we don't have bird feeders; they attract not just birds but raccoons, which are a nuisance, and bears, which are dangerous.)
As for bugs, this year there seem to be fewer mosquitoes, no-see-ums, and biting flies (hooray!). I especially notice these because I get big welts when bitten and do everything to avoid these devils--not so much need to avoid them this year because there simply aren't as many of them. Wasps and bees are fewer than last summer. As for more agreeable bug species, there were noticeably fewer lightning bugs this summer than last summer but numbers of butterflies are at or slighly below normal this summer.
For several years we have had a bat (maybe more than one) living under our upper deck and, based on the number of bat droppings, he/she/they are catching enough insects to survive. Our largest mammals, black bears, are breeding OK, with new cubs every year. Rabbits have an up and down cycle, as do foxes; rabbits are plentiful now and foxes are scarce, so it would be expected to take a few years for the cycle to reverse in favor of more foxes.
While it is plausible that radiation from Fukushima could be adversely affecting sea life (both flora and fauna) in the Pacific Ocean, it is hard to imagine that Fukushima radiation is impacting the flora and fauna of inland America 2 or 3 thousand miles from the West Coast. On the other hand, anecdotal comments like those assembled here can serve a useful function by identifying concerns and areas where more thorough and scientific investigation is warranted.
Bob - Western North Carolina Mountains
No Bugs Around Indiana House Yard Light At Night
From John Clark
In central Indiana, I have not seen one mosquito this year. Very strange. Also no crickets and very few toads and no frogs. And when it rains hard, I normally see many earthworms on the driveway and sidewalk...but this year NONE! Crap. We still have flies but not nearly as many as we normally have.
This is where I live. I hear a a few crickets but there are NO BUGS attracted to my outdoor light and now that I think about it, there are very few moths. THIS IS NOT NORMAL. There is not ONE bug flying around my light tonight. See below...
Bug Disappearance In Minnesota
From Gary Bergerson
Northern Minnesota has long been noted for bugs that take your blood or can bite in such a manner as to cause victims to scream aloud. June and July driving used to require windshield cleaning frequently.
None of this is the case anymore...much like Dana Durnford has described. Something else that has disappeared totally are the bug screens that were mounted on the hoods of high-end pickups, often with a catchy phrase printed on them.
I can't remember the last time I saw one…it has been a long time.
Crickets, Wasps Are Gone From San Gabriel Valley
Suburb East Of Los Angeles
From Charles Funaro
(My thanks to Charles Funaro and so many others who are helping to document and catalog the expanding extinction level event tied to Fukushima Radiation)
Reports from readers in other areas started me thinking about which insects have recently declined in the San Gabriel Valley (a suburb of Los Angeles). Crickets and wasps (both mud dauber and paper) and brown widow spiders immediately come to mind.
I am not sure when I last saw a cricket or a wasp or brown widow spider at our home, but all were abundant when I began spending time in this area six years ago (followed by marriage and consolidating households in 2017). The crickets in particular were evident as they hopped about in their hundreds, to the point that we dared not leave a door open for even a minute because some random cricket would seize the opportunity to join us inside.
I should add the curious absence of mosquitoes and horned caterpillars (i.e. white tomato moth) and dragonflies, although those might be a cyclical population variation. This July 4 we sat in the same place as in 2016 and 2017 to watch a fireworks display and there was not a single mosquito to be seen, as compared with previous years when almost everyone sustained bites despite the customary precautions.
Another conspicuously-absent pest is the housefly. So far, zero houseflies this year. With no houseflies, mosquitoes and crickets, we could (but we don't) leave our doors open without fear of insect invaders. It is easy to infer that the decline of crickets and caterpillars and flies would cause a corresponding decline in the wasps and spiders who prey on the others.
We still have black Argentine ants aplenty -- the recent heat wave caused them to invade the house and we have been battling them with non-toxic agents such as white vinegar and diatomaceous earth. Our efforts at avoiding pesticides do pay off in a yard frequented by birds and butterflies. But that brings to mind another missing member of our local ecology -- the green conyer. It is a type of parrot, not native to SoCal but a large established population, renowned for their irritatingly-raspy and penetrating call. A flock of dozens had noisily roosted in a tree about 300 feet west of our house, but they have virtually disappeared during the past year.
With a little more thought, I could probably identify more MIA species, but this is enough for now.
Shocking Cape Cod Bug Report 2018
From Tabor Johnson
Cape Cod, Massachusetts...the horse-fly, deer-fly, green-head, no-see-um capitol of the world...until now. The men’s changing room at Coast Guard Beach in Eastham has always been a fly horror show nightmare beyond any description. I’ve been coming here over 40 summers now, and memories of the flies there, at Herring Pond, on First Encounter beach around sunset, and of no-see-um’s coming in THROUGH the window screens at night are tattooed on my DNA.
I have not seen a single fly in that changing room so far this summer. Writing that made me cry, Jeff. Not a single green-head bite at the pond. Not one. My parents and I watched a rare chemical-free sunset last night at the bay and I received only a few tiny no-see-um bites.
Enjoy the sunset,
Deathly Silence In Ontario, Canada
Hi Jeff - Steve from Millbrook, Ontario. Yesterday, just after dusk I asked my wife to come out on a gazebo overlooking the yard. I asked her, "what do you notice”? She didn't know what she was supposed to focus on. I said ‘Listen'. After a few moments, she said, ‘There's not a single cricket, frog or cicada!'
Later in the evening she stood at a balcony overlooking the yard. Again…silence. We used to have a cacophony of sounds of nature from dusk til two or three in the morning. Now it is all silent...all night long. I thought...if the insects and frogs are dead, what about the micro organisms in the soil? They must be dead, too.
Without the micro organisms, what is there to break down the soil and rocks, making the minerals bioavailable to plants? If one picks up bioactive soil with both hands, there are normally 6 billion micro-organisms in that soil. If the soil is dead, it is sterile. What is feeding the plants that are feeding us? We are in trouble, Jeff. Thank you for opening up our eyes and ears to the vanishing world around us. It is getting scary.
Bad News From Ireland
From Von Moss
Hi Jeff - I live in Wexford, Ireland in a very rural area. We usually have hoards of swallows and house martins all round the house. This year, i have counted 8 pairs.The car windscreen is usually covered in bugs, but again, this year, I have hardly had to clean it. Also there are no bats.
Flies, Bugs, Birds Missing In South Carolina
From Upstate South Carolina
Hi Jeff & Rense Readers,
Even though upstate South Carolina has had above average rainfall this year, there is an absolute lack of mosquitoes that should be abundant. Being a gardener, and wildlife aficionado, a bucket of water is left filled outside for the birds, bees, and wildlife to quench their thirst. In past years, inevitably a harvest of mosquito larvae would appear within several days, along with frog or toad eggs that would be kept alive in the water until they finally metamorphosized in the fall as either toads or frogs.
This year, 2018, not only have no mosquito wrigglers (larvae) appeared in standing buckets of water but one can sit outside in the early morning or late evening, and not suffer even one mosquito bite. This is quite odd and unusual.
There are no flies. Normally summer brings houseflies, and horseflies (the kind that bite you). Only one housefly has been observed this entire year, and that observation is what started the brain ticking to go ahead and write in to you guys.
Only two swallowtail butterflies have been seen this year, and so far, no cabbage moths which are usually present in high numbers.
What are present in much overabundance are yellowjackets and wasps. There are fewer honeybees present than last year although that could be ascribed to the week of 20 degree weather that occurred in upstate SC in the winter.
No bluejays have been seen this year. Only a few robins appeared in the Spring and have not been seen since. The red-headed sparrows, and common sparrows appear quite frequently at the feeders. There are 2 families of redbirds, one lone hummingbird, and several mourning doves.
For all of your readers, Bee Balm (shades of red, and purple) and ‘Mexican' Petunia (member of the mint family) are hardy perennials that will help provide nectar and pollen for hummingbirds and bees.
...A Reader from upstate South Carolina
Vanishing Life In Ontario, Canada
In Millbrook, Ontario. Canada
I live in a small village an hour north east of Toronto. This summer, July 2018, there are very few butterflies and almost no monarchs. Used to see bats at dusk, but not any more. Turtles used to be a common occurrence in crossing roads, not any more. Honey bees, very few. I have cherrie trees and mulberry trees on my lot so they attract a lot of birds. But the bird diversity is down and there are fewer birds. Fewer worms in the ground, too. It must be a combination of GMOs as we have a lot of farms around us, chemtrail particulates coming down with the rain and in the air, and possibly Fukushima radiation.
Jeff, I have been following you for about 20 years and take this opportunity to thank you for the education.
Thank you, Steve
Huge Population Reductions Of Birds And Bugs In LA Area
San Gabriel Valley, East Of LA
I've lived here since the early 1980s and have watched as local wildlife populations declined sharply. Mind that there has been essentially no new development here, or in our surrounding mountains, that might account for the drastic changes.
In years past, Spring would bring swarms of June bugs to darken our windows and screen door at night, but now I haven't seen a single one in years. Same for large black beetles, almost thumb sized, that used to roam our sidewalks at night. Ditto for everything from caterpillars and moths to snails. And we used to have Argentine ants swarming constantly around trash cans, along driveways and in the garden. All gone... every.... last... one!
The bird populations that are mainly bug eaters have consequently plummeted as well. While we still see seed eating birds like finches, mocking birds have had their numbers greatly reduced. They used to sing day and night, now there's just a few. Even after we had that wet winter the year before, there was no noticeable upward spike in our bug population afterwards.
Not sure of the cause, but I see it as a 'canary in the coal mine' for sure.
From Kurt Ruppert
June 21, 2018
I just want to pass this to Jeff. I’m living in a suburb of Atlanta, Ga. The insect population is way down. The light bulb over my front door attracts the same number of bugs that we use to see in the WINTER timer. The lake by my house once attracted a large population of bats, now, there are none. We have a year round population of ducks and geese on the lake. So far this year, we have had two female ducks produce at total of 5 babies between them. None of the geese have had any of their eggs hatch. There is a mother goose who always makes a nest in my yard. She actually buried her egg in the ground. I’ve never seen that. Also, we have wasps, yellow jackets, half sized bumble bees but absolutely no honey bees.
I bring up this subject with people and they look at me like I’ve grown another head.
Kurt Ruppert Marietta, Ga.
From Gene in Idaho
June 14, 2018
Subject: I just came back from vacation in Oregon. Here is my report.
I sent it to Oregon state on June 6 and am still waiting for a reply...
On a several day vacation trip to Seaside, Oregon, I was astonished to see no marine plants, nothing living at the high tide line and the complete lack of any mussels, oysters, plankton, starfish, crabs, sea lions, sea otters, and a hundred other things I can't think to name. Also it seems there is no more seaweed, kelp or other species of marine plants.
It looked Biblical in size and nature to me. I am Astonished, Concerned and I find it beyond belief how barren the stretch beach is from Astoria, Oregon to almost Newport. All the roadside stops along the way, the beaches and places that used to have LIFE in ABUNDANCE were BARREN.
There was no birds to speak of and just a couple dozen seagulls were on the beach. There were no BUGS either. I looked for ANYTHING alive but only found a couple garden snails in the brush behind the hotel we stayed in. The only thing alive beside the people were the dogs at the hotel. Seriously, it was eerily silent. The only thing that appeared alive on the shoreline was some sort of THING. It was blue in color, round, a little bigger than a silver dollar and had a translucent ‘hood' it had raised. It was like a coin flipped up on end. There were 2 of them near the high tide line and the tide was out.
From Michael Walsh
Hi from Rochdale, Pennine Hills...UK
I’ve seen swallows on the same phone lines since I came here 16 yrs ago. August 2015 - 80 swallows on the lines, Aug 2016 - there were about 40 on the lines. This year, 2018, there are 4. There are no bugs on the front of the car, for years…and I live in the country, There are very few bees and wasps left.
From Edward Volek
When I moved to Florida in 2007, there was an abundance of insects and wildlife . Since 2011, that has all changed. There are longer millions of June Bugs, bees, spiders or other insects. Even
From Henry Blair
Just saw the (Alaska no bugs) story posted on your website and wanted to comment. I live in west central Wisconsin, only a few miles from the Minnesota boarder and less than a mile from a major wildlife preserve. In that past, June was the worst month of the year because of the massive amount of bugs - swarms of mosquitoes and gnats, lots of ticks, etc. But starting last year, they seemed to be far, far less. And this year, 2018, they are all but totally gone. On June 1st, I spent several hours outside without spraying any bug repellant or taking any other precaution. So far this year, I have not seen a single mosquito and only one very small tick. It is weird — very nice, actually — but weird all the same.
From Fairbanks, AK
Hey Jeff! 67...in Alaska entire life. Have a knack for noticing things others do not. 2010 I began to realize that the bug populations were dramatically decreased to say the least.
I was for the next few years living and working in different locations outside of home town Fairbanks. In other words, locales that would certainly have a lot of bugs being that far from the city. Still very few bugs. Some say the mosquitoes are thick about 20 miles out but what they don't know is it used to be 10 times worse, easy.
Now it's June 2018, and wow, I am right in the middle of the town but I see only 1 mostquito and almost no birds…it's way off the map. Jeff, you are the only one I have seen who gets this. Nobody I ever have mentioned it to has a clue. They just dont see. Thanks for being there, Jeff. Keep up the good work. Sooner or later Jones, for example, is going to have to admit you were right about a lot of things all along. :)
From Sharon Armbrust
From Kenneth Drescher
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
From Deb Lozensky
From Barry Egerton
Evidence Fukushima Radiation Heavily
Fireflies Vanishing Along With Other Flying Insects
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