On September 15, 2021, I came across a depressing story about innocent songbirds meeting their demise by crashing into the Freedom Tower. I forgot to save the link to the story. In a clumsy effort to find it later, I searched “freedom tower birds” on DuckDuckGo. The result, which I wrote about on my Hubzilla profile at The Emu Café Club (update: now defunct), cannot be accused of not telling two sides of a story – as you will see in the image below:

A September 16, 2021 screenshot of a DuckDuckGo search for "freedom tower birds" revealed that there are two sides to the question of how dangerous the Manhattan skyscraper is to our feathered friends.
My screen clip from September 16, 2021.

Those two articles were published in 2006 and 2005 respectively. Was no news good news? In any event, the results of my September 15 only captured the state of Freedom Tower bird searches at a particular point in time. The top three results for me on the morning of October 4, 2021, are as follows:

  • New York Post article from September 15, 2021
  • The Freedom Tower: Bad for Birds article from 2005.
  • A Fatal Attraction – another 2006 article about the danger that the Freedom Tower could post to birds, but focusing on the steps the building took to prevent bird deaths

It seems that the recent news of the Freedom Tower freeing songbirds from worldly constraints tilted the needle in DuckDuckGo toward a negative posture. But let no one say that for one day at least, DuckDuckGo presented both sides of the story, first and second in its results.

Jokes aside, The New Leaf Journal is a bird-friendly publication, so I hope that solutions can be found to avoid future avian carnage.