7,500 Songbirds Flew Into A Giant Flame & Died

About 7,500 songbirds died when they flew through a giant flame. The deaths may have included some endangered species.

The flame is part of a standard safety procedure meant to burn off excess natural gas at the gas company, Canaport LNG.

“The birds were drawn to the flames like moths,” said Don McAlpine, the head of zoology at the New Brunswick Museum.

Imagine coming to work and finding several thousand adorable birds dead in front of your building. Employees of the gas plant were understandably upset. Many of them were even reduced to tears. In response, McAlpine was quick to point out: “Although this is certainly a tragic event and it’s shocking to see 7,500 dead birds, itís a drop in the bucket in terms of the number of birds that are killed from human actions every year.”

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164 comments

Carrie-Anne Brown

sad news but thanks for sharing

Kate S.
Kate S3 years ago

sad

Magdalen B.
Magdalen B3 years ago

" the race of most pernicious vermin" Not joking, Jonathan.

Magdalen B.
Magdalen B3 years ago

Mary's right- so much waste- no bloody excuse!

Mary B.
Mary B3 years ago

Burning off 'excess natural gas' as a safty feature? Don't have any excess, or funnel it into another tank for gods sake, but don't waste it ! This is pure idiocy . And inexcusable, then claim it's 'unfortunate' for the birds but doing this is justafied. Then we'll hear we have to drill more to keep up with demand.

heather g.
heather g3 years ago

There are many people in Canada who have never learnt to value earth's creatures.

I always find it hard to comprehend that adults (especially those in management) have no concept of the consequences of their actions.

In this case, it seems quite possible that Don McAlpine, the head of zoology at the New Brunswick Museum will pass on this irresponsible, 'don't care' attitude.

Edward Wilkes
3 years ago

A drop in the bucket is right...Humans have poisoned the sea killing fish and a variety of sea creatures and plant-forms. Humans have hunted land animals to extinction and over-fished to almost extinction. Humans have obliterated natural animal habitats making it hard for them to survive.

Claire T.
Claire T3 years ago

“Although this is certainly a tragic event and it’s shocking to see 7,500 dead birds, it’s a drop in the bucket in terms of the number of birds that are killed from human actions every year.” What is Don McAlpine saying? This is still a result of human action. Nature didn't build the gas plant and then make the decision to burn off excess natural gas.

Tricia Hamilton
Tricia Hamilton3 years ago

What a Shame.

Franck Rio
Frank R3 years ago

Thank you