Are our electronics messing with how birds navigate?

“The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.” ―J.M. Barrie

I love birds. If you ask me: “What would you like to be reincarnated as?”
My answer would be: I would love to come back as a bird. I would fly anywhere, high, far and wide to explore new places.

The majority of the bird species are migratory. They migrate either for food or new nesting locations. Escaping the cold is another factor yet birds and even hummingbirds can withstand freezing temperatures as long they have enough food supply.

Birds can travel several thousand miles annually. They often travel the same course year after year. They have excellent navigational skills and homing instinct which allows them to always return to the same area. They may migrate halfway around the world yet they will always return home. Many explanations about their navigational skills have been proposed throughout the years. Whether it’s their sense of smell, their ability to use the earth’s magnetic field or the internal compass that guides birds to migrate brilliantly, birds are absolutely fascinating. One thing is certain that they are highly sensitive to certain frequencies.

The article “Radio Signals Skew Birds’ Internal Navigation“ says:
“Migrating birds may lose their way when exposed to the electromagnetic noise from radio signals and electronic devices, researchers have found.”

While we humans enjoy tweeting and face-booking, our electronics are messing with how birds navigate. It’s frightening that the signals of our cities could be disrupting the bird migration (electromagnetic fields from electronics such as computers, printers, refrigerators).

Although there is no definitive scientific proof that humans are affected by electromagnetic noise, more research is needed to disregard the health effects (and the phrase: “technology makes me sick”).

More on the subject:
Man-Made Electromagnetic Noise Disrupts a Bird’s Compass

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Multitasking vs Doing one thing at a time

Our Modern life has lots of advantages but is it really good for our health?

The other day, I was telling my husband that I am overwhelmed with the number of social media sites I am on and the overload of information.

I’ve always been good at multitasking. I find myself multitasking on my social media sites as well. On my iMac, I can have several tabs running simultaneously(sometimes I have 10-14 tabs open). I can tweet, chat, poke, pin, watch music videos, email and work with my own projects. I have a good memory. But why should I strain my memory?

Let’s face it: It takes a lot of energy to switch between tasks.

I’ve found out that multitasking strains the brain. Once, after several hours on the computer, I was in the kitchen preparing our dinner. My husband saw something on TV he thought would interest me, and asked me to look at it. When my attention was diverted to him and the image on TV, I burned my hand as I was removing our veggie lasagna from the oven. Apparently, I couldn’t concentrate on two visual tasks at the same time.

I believe the prolonged stress of multitasking: a.k.a doing too many things at once, can literally wear out our brain, memory, sleep patterns and overall health.

We need to find better ways to get things done. (“Work Smarter, not Harder”)

If we’re not tasking efficiently, than what are we accomplishing by multitasking? I think it’s very important to recognize our assets as well as our limitations.

Time is our most important asset. I work fast, even in the kitchen I can make fast dishes but why should I stress to make it fast instead of admitting that it actually takes time to create a delicious dish? It takes time to do things (right) whether it’s at work or in private. Being realistic about time, isn’t a bad idea. (“Real Art takes Real Time”)

Learning to say “No” is very important. I’ve received several offers to read new books and write reviews. While I am flattered, I don’t have the capacity to do that at the moment. It has always been hard for me to say “No” but I am learning.

Doing one thing at a time is more efficient and (mentally) healthier for me. At the end of the day, I feel better and more important I sleep better.

Your thoughts?

MAGGIE ROSES

PHOTO CREDIT: Maggie Rawlinson