By Tyler Brooks, staff writer
People are overlooking a significant aspect of the “Trump Wall”: animals can’t cross it. Now many of you are saying to yourselves, “Hey, birds can fly.” It’s a known fact. Well, hold your horses. Birds don’t like to fly high or above unfamiliar things, not out of comfort but out of biological instinct.
Trump’s wall is directly in the way of 108 species of bird that need to migrate over that territory. Once the wall is built, some birds will be tolerant of the wall, such as crows and robins. Other birds are in trouble.
Owls migrate in the winter, but cannot fly long nor high. Owls are built only to fly short distances in the cover of the woods. They are capable of long-distance flights, but smaller owls will be unable to fly above or around the wall. Some will make it, no doubt, but it will be a major blow to the population.
Hummingbirds are migratory as well. Hummingbirds cannot fly very far without taking a break to eat because hummingbirds can die from starvation rather easily, especially while migrating. A wall thirty feet high will present a problem. Unlike owls, which can have fat reserves, hummingbirds will have little to appease their appetites. They will try to find a way around the wall, at which point they will be doomed to wander the wall’s edge to the point of exhaustion.
Another creature harmed by the wall is America’s bird: the Bald Eagle. Bald Eagles regularly roam over the Mexican-American border. Bald Eagles are not seen in large cities for a reason, though. The wall would scare eagles, and other birds of prey, away from the wall and cause the populations of birds of prey to plummet near the wall.
It’s not just a handful of birds either. Jaguars, wolves, the Mexican Black Bear, vultures, shrikes, condors, chachalacas, waterfowl, gamebirds, amphibians, manatees, sea birds, fish, rodents, mice, flowers, trees, four natural habitat reserves, and 111 endangered species of animal will be negatively affected by the Trump Wall, which will potentially kill more animals than any single man-made structure in decades.
Journalism Adviser, Saegertown Jr. Sr. High School