by Llewellyn Lafford

Last Landing at Wal-Mart

I know I’m a softy, but this just makes me sad to be member of the species that came up with Western Civilization, the Industrial Revolution, Manifest Destiny, and Wal-Mart parking lots.

December 14, 2011 | 6:58 pm

1,500 birds die crashing into Utah parking lot, roads

. . . Utah wildlife officials were cleaning up thousands of dead and surviving migratory birds that crashed into a Wal-Mart parking lot, roads and other land after mistaking them for bodies of water.

Thousands of eared grebes, a duck-like aquatic bird, were migrating toward Mexico when they apparently mistook solid areas around Cedar City and St. George as water. Storm clouds above the city lights probably confused the birds, said Lynn Chamberlain, a spokesman for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. . . .

I suppose there were individual birds who realized that it was reflections on blacktop, not water, and flew on to reproduce another day. But we human beings sure make evolution tough. (See my article “Doctors Thwart Darwin”)

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