When the driver saw the line of geese, he knew that he had to stop for them. After all, what was a few minutes of his time to save several lives? It was a kind thing to do, but as the driver waited, he realized that he’d grossly underestimated the situation.
If you saw a bird on the road, would you stop for it or keep going and hope that it would move? Surprisingly, traffic collisions kill more birds per year than you’d expect – far more than hunters or wind turbines, in fact. The actual number is quite astonishing.
In 2014 Oklahoma State University’s Scott Loss performed a study in conjunction with several avian authorities. It revealed that vehicles take the lives of an estimated 340 million birds per year in the U.S. alone. Loss subsequently spoke to USA Today about his research.