24 Dec '11, 3pm

Parking Lots Kill Birds? Thousands Die in Utah Crash Landing

Parking Lots Kill Birds? Thousands Die in Utah Crash Landing

Here's another reason for less pavement and parking lots: Thousands of dead and injured birds. As you may have noticed, big stores have big parking lots, that channel rainwater and pollutants into local rivers and streams. Those same parking lots also are barely ever filled to capacity, except maybe during the holidays. In Utah, storm clouds and water that gathered in parking lots caused the death of thousands of birds, called eared grebes , on their migration path. About 1,500 birds died after hitting the parking lot of a Walmart store and other open areas of Cedar City, Utah, according to The Salt Lake Tribune . They apparently landed to rest on the pond, but instead slammed into the pavement. A little better news: About 3,500 birds were rescued by various residents and Utah wildlife officials , then re-released into the wild. Maybe these parking lots should have been be...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/parking-lots-k...

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