Bird lives matter. How you ask? Business Insider explains with a video that begins with the words, “Every round in this rifle could save a bird’s life.” It goes on to explain how the Montana Resources staff use guns, noisemakers, drones and more to discourage birds from a mile-wide toxic pond along the flightpath of migratory waterfowl near Butte, Montana.
Business Insider also notes how the number of migratory waterfowl have decreased by as much as a third in recent years, making efforts like this one to save the lives of tens, if not hundreds of thousands of birds each year very important for conservation.
Note how they use America’s favorite rifle, the AR-15, to accomplish their mission of scaring birds off the water. The very gun that Beto “Three Time Loser” O’Rourke would ban from everyday Americans. Because, you know, according to his ilk, those rifle are “only for killing.” Or something.
The Berkeley Pit stands as a former open-pit copper mine in Montana. It’s very acidic and that leeches all manner of unkind things from the rocks creating a toxic brew that will kill birds on it within hours. Hence with the State of Montana’s people spend their days (and some nights) warding off birds flirting with landing on the giant pond (or small lake).
The Berkeley Pit is a former open pit copper mine in the western United States, located in Butte, Montana. It is one mile (1.6 km) long by one-half mile (800 m) wide, with an approximate depth of 1,780 feet (540 m). It is filled to a depth of about 900 feet (270 m) with water that is heavily acidic (2.5 pH level), about the acidity of Coca-Cola, lemon juice, or gastric acid. As a result, the pit is laden with heavy metals and dangerous chemicals that leach from the rock, including copper, arsenic, cadmium, zinc, and sulfuric acid.
The mine was opened in 1955 and operated by the Anaconda Copper Mining Company, and later by the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO), until its closure on Earth Day in 1982. When the pit was closed, the water pumps in the nearby Kelley Mine, 3,800 ft (1,200 m) below the surface, were turned off, and groundwater from the surrounding aquifers began to slowly fill the Berkeley Pit, rising at about the rate of one foot (30 cm) per month. Since its closure, the water level in the pit has risen to within 150 feet (46 m) of the natural water table.
The Berkeley Pit is currently one of the largest Superfund sites. The water, with dissolved oxygen, allows pyrite and sulfide minerals in the ore and wall rocks to decay, releasing acid. The acidic water in the pit carries a heavy load of dissolved heavy metals. A water treatment plant has been operating since October 2019.
Here’s the video from Business Insider.
Yes, there are a million ways America’s favorite rifle is used for good across the globe. Now a million and one.