Despite consistently enacting more laws with no punishment to back them up, the elected leadership is running out of ideas on what to do to make Chicago a safer city. One group of migrating birds had an idea as they flew through the sky- end it all.
On October 4th passing into the 5th, a group of over 1,000 migratory birds made their way along Lake Michigan and into the McCormick Place Lakeside Center, a convention center. Head first, the birds punched themselves into the glass, most instantly killing themselves. Experts called it a perfect storm of migration season, difficult weather, and a lack of “bird-friendly” building measures.
According to Annette Prince, director of Chicago Bird Collision Monitors, another thousand were found after slamming themselves into various buildings around the city. She also believes thousands more may have slammed into the buildings and survived, only to plummet from the sky randomly in another location.
Given the current weather situation, Prince surmises that an exceptionally large number of birds gathered and waited for the winds to shift to the north or west. With those winds, their long and treacherous journey would go by faster, and require less energy. This means more birds would successfully make the trip in less time. However, the fog and clouds would have forced the birds to fly lower than usual and caused confusion with the lights and buildings.
The city has been inundated with shootings and other violent incidents. Given how many shell casings are being found at these murders, with so few (comparatively) dying or even being injured, it’s no wonder these birds flew into these buildings. They certainly wouldn’t bother to come to finish the job, they’ll be too busy running away to their next “protest.”