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Posted By: Liz the Squeak
04-Feb-09 - 06:27 PM
Thread Name: BS: Birdwatching 2009
Subject: RE: BS: Birdwatching 2009
They had that problem in China years ago - crops failed because they were being eaten by insects, which in turn were not being eaten by birds because the wholesale felling of trees and shrubs for fuel had taken away their habitat. The Chinese government blamed the birds for the crop failure, thinking they ate the seeds, so set up a scheme whereby anyone taking in a certain amount of bird corpses got a monetary reward.

Of course, when it was discovered that the crops died faster because the insects were eating and damaging them, it was too late.