Of borers and birds

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  • Updated: August 11, 2009 - 4:54 PM

The infestation of emerald ash borers is likely to have a negative impact on birds, especially those that nest in ash trees. But this destructive pest may prove to be a boon for one species.

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woodyagAug. 12, 09 8:34 AM

Right. And there's no DIRECT evidence cyanide will kill woodpeckers either, since no one has published papers on how to kill woodpeckers with cyanide. Poison is poison- those chemicals WILL kill woodpeckers, when they catch enough sick and poisoned borers. How dumb can we be? Better "unexpected consequences" through chemistry!

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CrombieMNAug. 12, 0911:23 AM

I don't know anything about those chemicals or their effects. But what I do know, is we haven't learned our lesson after agent orange, lead based paint, DDT, asbestos, or the other cancer-causers that we spread all over creation until *oops* people started dying and we had to pull them from the market. Seems to me like in 20 years we'll be saying "Hey, remember that stuff they used to kill the ash borer and they didn't know it also causes..."

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