A ShockaFlockalypse Now!
Lighting [notice they say LIGHTING!-like light bulbs], weather causes 114 Newell’s shearwaters, Hawaiian petrels to fall from the sky; 9 die
LIHUE, Kauai, HI — More than 100 endangered seabirds recently required care after falling from the sky due to lighting [WTF, those are some bright lights!?] issues at Kokee State Park.
A majority of the adult birds were Newell’s shearwaters, along with a few Hawaiian petrels. About 80 were injured this week around the Kokee Air Force station [25,000 Watt RADAR STATION], and nine died. Officials said faulty light positioning [WTF?] at the tracking facility likely reflected off dense fog and created poor navigability and resulted in collisions and falls.
“This is very, very unusual,” said Aaron Nadig, island team manager with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services in Honolulu. “Usually, when we see falling birds, it’s the fledgling season.”
Fledgling season begins Tuesday and runs to Dec. 15. It’s the time of year newly born shearwaters fly out to the ocean for the first time. The endangered bird, which navigates over land at night, can be distracted by lights to the point of flying into manmade objects or disorienting themselves to the point of exhaustion. Either way, if they fall to the ground, they become vulnerable to predators or moving vehicles.
But the 114 grounded birds as of Friday are adults. Experienced fliers like those don’t get disoriented as easily, especially not in big numbers.
“Adults falling from light attraction is very unusual,” Nadig said. “All of us, including the Air Force[BS], want to fix this right away.”
A multi-agency collaboration is underway to treat the injured birds and fix the lighting problem, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the Kokee Air Force [RADAR] Station, Kauai Endangered Species Recovery Program and Kauai Division of Forestry and Wildlife.
Nadig said the Air Force [RADAR] facility had a few lights that weren’t positioned correctly[WTF??]. The lights should have been pointed directly at the ground, as not to reflect in the skies, but some of them weren’t. He said the facility switched over to green lights in 2011 and upgraded the facility the following year.
USFWS hadn’t followed up with the facility but is working with the Air Force to fix the problem. The Air Force, which didn’t return a message seeking comment[NOT SURPRISED], has been shutting down its lights as the groups address the problem.
Weather could be a factor, too. The area has been covered in dense fog, along with rain and humidity. [Refraction, Induction and Conduction of electrical charge from the radar station will increase during wet, damp foggy conditions.]
“It’s a light attraction that’s been exacerbated by the fog,” Nadig said. [WTF??????]
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Let’s ask Stephen Hawking if he can say “A ShockaFlockalypse Now” 3 times fast!
Idea for Next Mission Impossible