Re: Effects of EMFs on Birds, Bees, Bat-Rays, Butterflies & Buzzards (3/1/03)








Here's some information on bioeffects of EMFs...on more than just birds! (from a chapter in my publication, "Bioelectromagnetics 2002: Health Effects Update", on my website <>

Best Wishes for the New Year,

Jim Beal
EMF Interface Consulting

Birds, Bees, Bat-Rays, Butterflies & Buzzards (?): Electrosensory Organisms


In the Austin American Statesman, Austin Texas paper of October 8, 1998, appeared the following article:

Homing pigeons, as the name suggests, are supposed to find their way home. But more than 2,000 of the creatures have disappeared this week and no one can explain it.

The birds lost their way during two separate homing pigeon races held Monday. Out of 1,800 birds competing in a 200-mile race from New Market, VA to Allentown, PA, about 1,500 have vanished. And in a 159-mile race from western Pennsylvania to suburban Philadelphia, 700 out of 900 pigeons are missing. Most of the pigeons would have been back in their lofts within a few hours. Although it's not unusual to lose a few birds during a race -- a hungry hawk, for example, might snag a few racers -- this week's loss is extraordinary, organizers of the two events say. "There is something in the air," said Gary Moore, who was the "liberator" for the 150-mile race, deciding when and where the birds were released. "To lose this many is just unbelievable."

Was it sun spots? A UFO? The currents of El Nino?

It's hard to come up with an answer pigeon enthusiasts say, because no one knows how homing pigeons do what they do.

>>Disagree here, because lots of research on pigeon homing capabilities has been done. It has been determined that pigeons use about 3 methods 1) visual cues during the day; 2) geoelectromagnetic hints, & 3) star patterns at night. Blinded pigeons -- or pigeons in a fog -- still get home and "windmill" slowly in to a landing. Blinded pigeons with tiny permanent magnets attached to their heads produced totally confused birds!......jb<<

Moore's theory is that the disappearance may have something to do with CELLULAR PHONE ACTIVITY (my emphasis...jb). It's widely accepted that the pigeons use electromagnetic fields to help the navigate and cellular phone calls might interfere with that process, he speculated.

Most long-distance races are held on weekends when cellular phone activity is lower. But the two races in question were postponed from Sunday to Monday because of rain.

Sun spots also can send the pigeons off course, but the sun activity that day was low, organizers say.

Jim Effting, who lost 34 of the 37 birds he entered in the race to Allentown, also thinks that something very peculiar must have messed up the birds' innate tracking systems. He says the birds took a wrong turn and could be in North Carolina by now. The three racers of his that finally made it home arrived Tuesday afternoon. They were exhausted, and it was obvious they had been flying lost for hours, said Effting, who lives in Emmaus, PA.

What's certain is that with each passing day, the chances that the birds will survive are decreasing. Unlike their wild pigeon brethren, these speed machines don't know how to feed themselves in the wild and are easy prey.

Editorial Note: An interesting supporting article appeared in the proceedings of a symposium and workshop held in Snowmass-at-Aspen CO, in 1973 [1] and sponsored by the National Science Foundation in concert with the Neuroelectric Society, the International Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Marquette University and The Medical College of Wisconsin:

There is an important chapter in the Proceedings about the action of large flocks of blackbirds and starlings, where hundreds of birds all turn, in milliseconds, and NONE OF THEM COLLIDE [1]. The video shown at the conference illustrated the rapid twisting and turning as the flock few in close formation. VERY though all were of one mind! There was no twisting or wave motion indicative of visual or auditory cues! It was theorized that the birds used some sort of proximity detection sensory system based on microwave phenomena, since the structure of bird feathers was somehow related to microwave antennae! (also see [2])


The apparently synchronous turning and wheeling of flocks of several bird species, particularly starlings (Sternus vulgaris), has long been a phenomena of curiosity and interest.

The recent series of reports suggesting that birds may be able to detect the earthâ?Ts magnetic field makes the hypothesis that turning movements in bird flocks may be coordinated by electromagnetic means more attractive. Such a signal would be instantaneous, could reach all birds in the flock regardless of their position relative to the signal source, and could carry sufficient information for turning movements.

Analysis of films of turning flocks of birds and experimental studies of startle reaction times in birds in our laboratories have suggested that the electromagnetic radiation model could provide a parsimonious explanation for the observed behavior of the birds.

There are several other presentations in the above book, relative to microwave sensitivity of living systems to extremely low intensity fields, and I remember one chapter in particular in this area by Dr. C. Romero-Sierra and J. Bigu del Blanco, Dept of Anatomy, of Queen's College in Kingston, Ontario [3].

The above book, while expensive is worth having as an excellent early reference to bioeffects of electric field gradients, magnetic fields, microwave, and air ion effects.

Buzzards (?):

I have noted an interesting phenomenon about 8 miles south-southeast of here (Wimberley, Texas). This tower, each morning and afternoon all summer, has been a prime roosting spot on every cross-member for dozens of vultures (turkey buzzards)!! They may be getting an EMF radiation buzz and/or may be waiting for something to die! Seems quite symbolic, in several ways, of this whole microwave communication and cellphone long-term bioeffects situation. (Please keep in mind that it has long been known that selected EMF pulse rates, waveforms and frequencies have healing, sedation and emotion-evoking capabilities). I have noted many communication towers in my travels and have seldom seen birds on any of them. This is the first tower I have noted with so many birds and all of the same species. This might also be a good example of how one can make snap decisions, based on insufficient data and reach erroneous conclusions. Since I have not familiar with buzzard habits, it may be that the tower is just a convenient elevated roost, on a hill near a highway, where good road-kill scavenging is available. Canada help wondering though....

Email response to above, from: Bert Dumpe, 11 Nov 1998:

Jim: I reported on the birds. The story you report verbatim as it appeared in the Washington Post seems to have been edited. The initial WP report put the number of the original population of birds starting the race at 3000. In addition, from their release point in Virginia, the birds were traveling to various destinations; a town in New Jersey, Brooklyn, NY, Allentown and Pittsburgh, PA. Most of the birds were lost enroute, and a HANDFUL alighted on property along the way or deviation thereto. Rest of the birds were not found, which remains the case to date.

Generally the FIRST report of an incident is the most factual. Thereafter, the cover-up starts and the story is watered down and factual omissions prevail. This seems to be the case in the Texas version of the story. For instance, when the story broke, the bird racers positively stated that (paraphrased) "the electromagnetic RF emissions from cellphone devices and antennas changed the aerosol, which would affect the birds' sense of direction." This positive statement is from people who study bird biology and have sufficient knowledge to know "what environmental pollutants or objects would interfere with the birds' mission and hinder the chances of a successful race."

Re your statement of the "vultures." Interesting, and unusual. Can you send me copies of any pictures you take? This is unusual because generally birds (warm red-blooded) have been avoiding microwave towers, and often when they do alight on the towers large numbers of birds are found on the ground dead. Creatures normally found on towers, up to the height of the antennas, are roaches (cold-blooded). Your hypothesis is probably correct; "the vultures sense death in the air." Sometime ago in one of my newsletters, I reported that birds migrating to Capistrano and points south for the winter disappeared over New Mexico. It is altogether possible that as well as disappearing, the birds are merely falling from the sky as has been reported in various places. In addition, any birds that would pass over the towers will be half dead and easy prey. This is also a reported fact.

As for research on the magnetite in the head of birds, which I mentioned when this lost birds story was reported, this has already been done extensively. In fact, Kaune the researcher who co-authored the Linet NCI powerline study, was one of those who researched this. And you know what this turncoat said about powerline emissions being benign. Researchers at Johns Hopkins and elsewhere already researched biomagnitite in the brain of animals and humans. With the loss of birds, death and deformity of reptiles (e.g., frogs, lizards) one had to be pretty thickheaded, a real bozo, or terribly dishonest not to know that electrification of the air is deadly. The worst is yet to come.

Bees, Bat-rays and Butterflies:

Alasdair Philips, 21 Nov 1998

Our cheap transistor radios can pick up and separate out hundreds of radio signals at levels of a few hundreds of microvolts/metre. More sophisticated communications receivers can work down to levels of about 10 microvolts/metre. Radio-astronomers work on informational signals from stars at less than 1 microvolt/metre - this is a power level of about 0.000 000 000 001 microwatt/cm2 (1 attowatt/cm2 !!). We can now detect and create pictures from signals from spacecraft at our outer planets using transmit powers similar to those use by mobile phones of a few watts!

Honeybees have been shown to be sensitive to magnetic flux differences of 1 nanotesla (10 microGauss) [4][Theoretically humans could also be sensitive down to less than this level (pineal thermal noise c. 0.24 nanotesla - Smith, 1985). Various sea creatures can detect voltage gradients of a few 10's of microvolts/metre.

Biological stochastic resonance from regular pulsing EMFs can effectively amplify coherent signals (like power EMFs) by vast amounts.

What arrogant nonsense to suggest that living systems need to be "cooked" before they realize they are being bombarded by signals and that microwaves of 100 volts/metre are harmless to us.

On your butterfly question...many years ago (c.1969) I went to a Friday evening London 'Royal Institution' lecture by Professor Eric Laithwhaite of Imperial College London - the guy who developed the principle of the linear electric motor which is now widely used - whose hobby was/is butterflies and moths. At the time everyone was talking about pheromones, and undoubtedly these are used in the mating attraction process, however...he discovered that if the female (I think) was enclosed in a sealed plastic box the mates still appeared from long distances away, but if she was enclosed in a (electromagnetically screened) Faraday cage full of air holes only butterflies who were very close were still attracted. He repeated these experiments on many occasions and came to the conclusion that the patterns on the butterflies wings were actually tuned circuits in the very high microwave region (far-far-infra red) and each variety had its own unique RF/microwave signature enabling mates of the same variety to home in using their antennae and own wing resonators as tuning selectors. The main energy probably came from the sunlight possibly modulated by wing flapping.

Our mainstream, crude, gross, simplification of life into simple electro-chemical building blocks completely misses the mysteries of what "life" is and how sensitive it can be if we open ourselves up to the amazing, wonderful, cosmic universe in which we live. I do not know how we will achieve the paradigm shift in thinking needed but I sense that it is slowly starting to happen. I hope so, anyway. Matthew Fox (USA) and his Creation Spirituality movement is part of the change, along with the deep ecology movement.

... and I am meant to be a down-to-earth nuts-and-bolts engineer!

Hang on in there folks!


1. Llaurado, J. & Sances, A., et al., "Biologic & Clinical Effects of Low-Frequency Magnetic & Electric Fields" Springfield, IL, Chas. C. Thomas Pub. Co.,1974, Chapter XI, Heppner, F.H., & Haffner, J.D., "Communication in Bird Flocks: An Electromagnetic Model", pgs. 147-162.

2. Tanner, J.A., Romero-Sierra, C. and Davie, S.J.: "Non-Thermal Effects of Microwave Radiation On Birds." Nature, 216:1139, 1967.

3. Llaurado, J. & Sances, A., et al., "Biologic & Clinical Effects of Low-Frequency Magnetic & Electric Fields" Springfield, IL, Chas. C. Thomas Pub. Co.,1974. Chapter IX, Bigu del Blanco, J. & Romero-Sierra, C., "Microwave Radiometric Techniques: A Means to Explore the Possibility of Communication in Biological Systems", pgs. 123-136. 4. Keeton, British Birds, 72, 451-70]

5. Bastian, J., "Electrosensory Organisms." Physics Today, pgs 30-37, Feb 1994.

What you don't know is not half so apt to hurt you as what you know that ain't so!
Old adage


Electricity allergy 'incurable (?!!)

A woman who is allergic to electricity has been told that her condition cannot be cured. Doctors have told 78-year-old Christine Moody that they can do nothing to stop the pain she experiences when she comes into contact with electricity.

Informant: Robert Riedlinger

###### In light of Ms. Moody's EHS problems, the following recent email may be helpful

Subj: Persons who may be able to treat electro-hypersensitivity (EHS)

Bonnie Rogoff:

Based on the description of your symptoms in your email below, you likely have both chemical and electrical sensitivity. Many fair-skinned persons (primarily women) have problems with long-term computer use. The monitor radiation, both UV and electrical, causes a reddening of the skin, like the condition "Rosacea". This is a condition researched a great deal in Sweden by Dr. Olle Johansson, whom you have already contacted.

Also, persons with electrical hypersensitivity (EHS) often have some extent of light-sensitivity, similar to the condition called porpheria, which you described in your letter.

Often the symptoms go from Fibromyalgia, to Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, to EHS....all of which are body system stressors (usually pain), as well as making one even more sensitive to other types of stress....some of symptoms may be sleep problems, weight gain, low body temp and pulse rate, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, and a host of other body and immune system abnormalities/paradoxes which drive the doctor's crazy!...seems a strong tie-in to hypothyroidism, which does not show up on any normal medical tests, because the problem is not indicated in the seems to be a metabolism problem at cell level....possibly due to cell receptor inactivation caused by heavy metals and toxic chemicals (pesticide exposure at early age often a problem....did you ever chase the DDT mosquito spraying trucks or bathe animals in DDT as a child??)....lots of women coming down with similar problems at your age....because of the widespread use of the "miracle" DDT pesticide (and other long-term toxic pesticides and chemical cleaners) 30 to 40 years ago!

There seem to be some paradoxes here, e.g., skin reddening looks like rosacea, but is not the usual rosacea; light-sensitivity symptoms, like porpheria, but no tests tie in to porpheria; hypothyrodism symptoms, but no tests show up any thyroid problems;...lupus symptoms, but no lupus. This still seems to me, as a lay-person with extensive information in this area, that there is a cell receptor metabolic situation here where none of the usual medical blood tests will show any problems. Therefore, with the bunch of symptoms you have, the medical opinion often is "you much be a hypochondriac and should see a psychiatrist to get rid of your mentally-induced stress problems!!!" (especially if you are a woman!)

Oh, Incidentally, in the 1960's, Dreyfus (a millionaire financier in New York) , with sleep/fatigue problems, overactive mental activity and a metallic taste in his mouth, found he had "epileptoid brain-wave excursions". He spent over 5 million dollars exploring uses of the drug dilantin (diphynlhadantoin--DPH), which helped him get back to normal with more energy than usual. The medical research he funded showed that DPH had far more uses than just supression of epileptic seizures....from heart arhythmias to skin conditions like schleroderma. You say you suffer from seizures and are taking Tegretol already. Have you tried DPH?...maybe a possibility here.

Could be, based on your location in NYC, that you are in an area of strong EMF might have to leave the city for a few weeks or months, perhaps take a vacation and go into the country for awhile...away from all EMF sources, and see if your health improves.

In addition, to improve sleep, it would probably be helpful to get all electrical devices out of your bedroom... further information and research references on this and above statements can be found at my website

Here are some addresses of persons who may be able to help you further with therapies and information:

Richard L. Garrison, M.D.
Aldine Community Health Center
4755 Aldine Mail Route. Houston, TX 77039, 281-985-7600

C. Norman Shealy, M.D, Ph.D.
5607 S. 222nd Rd. Fair Grove, MO 65648, 417-865-5940

Dr. Cyril W. Smith, Consultant
Salford Tramways Building. P.O. Box 50, Frederick Road. Salford M6 6BY ENGLAND
Also: Senior Lecturer, Dept Of Electronic & Elec. Engr, Univ of Salford
Phone:011-44-61-736-5843, x7058, x7062

Fibromyalgia Research Foundation
Dr. John C. Lowe, Dir. of Research
P.O. Box 271722. Houston TX 7727, 713-666-0882

William J. Rea, M.D.
Gerald H. Ross, M.D.
8345 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 205. Dallas, TX 75231, 214-368-4132

Olle Johansson, Assoc. Prof.
Experimental Dermatology Unit.EED, Neuroscience. Karolinska Institute. 171 77 Stockholm, Sweden
Tel. +46-8-728 70 96 Fax +46-8-30 39 04 (fax) Screen Dematitis research

Hope some of this information proves useful to you. I would appreciate feedback from you if you are able to get any relief from the above references.


James Beal
EMF Interface Consulting

From a message to Roy Beavers (excerpt) forwarded by James Beal
Subject: Doctors in U.S. who treat electro-sensitivity
Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2002 00:06:17 EST

Dear Roy:

Dr. Johansson suggested I contact you regarding my medical condition. Below is my original message to Dr. Johansson.

I would appreciate any information you have on doctors in the USA who can help me. I live in New York City, but will consider doctors outside my area. Thank you so much.

Best regards,

Dear Dr. Johansson:

I am a 48 year old female who has become intolerant to all light. One year ago I had normal healthy skin. In September 2001, I suffered a severe abnormal skin reaction after using an ordinary moisturizer on my face. After exposure to late day sunlight, my face turned very red, and was burning badly, as though acid were poured on my face and the skin was scaling off and became hyperpigmented. Following a diagnosis of contact dermatitis and cortisone treatment under medical supervision, my condition worsened. My initial symptoms included constant facial burning, intolerance to sunlight, fluorescent light, computer monitors, a constant metallic taste and intolerance to chemicals and perfumes.

I am unable to go outdoors in sunlight and must wear a sunblock every day even indoors. Over the past year my condition worsened despite numerous medical treatments. Now, my mucous membranes and eyes are also affected, my nasal passages burn, and are dried out and I have migraine headaches and muscle problems. I used to work on computers and now I can't go near computers or TV sets. I suffer from a seizure disorder and take the medication Tegretol (500 mg daily) and take Naproxen once a month for menstrual pain. I also have severe scoliosis and have a Harrington rod implanted in my spine which has been broken since 1980. Currently, a dermatologist is treating me for rosacea using Metrocream. All medical tests for lupus, porphyria and scleroderma have come back negative.

Could my problems be due to electro-magnetic sensitivity and would you know of a doctor in the US who can help me? I am desperate and willing to travel to Sweden but fear a trip would be impossible due to my failing health.

Thank you so much for your assistance.

Best regards,
Bonnie Rogoff

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