This “banding” is done as an aid for conservationists to study the birds. Migration tracking, to see if birds take detours; bird ranges, which help in habitat protection; survival rates, allowing a glimpse of entire populations; and even behaviors relating to feeding, nesting or other activities can be studied, as trained individuals sight these birds at another time, and are able to record the data.1
I enjoyed my friend’s enthusiasm on the subject, and can absolutely see the merit in doing something like this. But as my mind replayed the conversation later, my mind became just a little uneasy.
Face book has the ability to “remind” you of an event or post you shared by pulling up something from two or three years ago. As the “owner” of the post, you have the right to re-share it or not. This can, and I’m sure is supposed to be, a “fun” thing to do. But what if it’s not? Why do they have the right to “probe” into your past, even if it just comes up on your own page? In a bizarre kind of way, it feels a little like “bird banding”…..like someone can collect data on me without me even knowing it.
Now that said, most of us love to hear and obtain information on family members from generations ago. People go to great lengths to find their great-great-great grandparents, aunts, uncles and other members of their family. They research historical records, visit places where they lived, even travel to other continents to pursue their interest. This has always seemed like such a warm and wonderful thing to do….and I hold to that. But isn’t this another type of “banding?” Isn’t this the kind of “banding” we do, to see who it is we favor in our family tree? But sometimes the information we find can be unnerving, as we discover those bits of information our relatives never wanted us to see!
But what really made me uneasy, as I thought about “tracking” the birds, is this whole idea of “microchips” being placed in humans. Some even predict this event as early as 2017. I will tell you, I am repulsed by this idea! The very concept that the government has complete access to my every move scares me silly! I have nothing they can’t know; I have no secrets, yet my life belongs to me, not the government. The chip is supposed to ultimately replace the social security number and be used for purchases, payments of bills, identification and all other matters.2
I challenge you to consider the ramifications should such a law come into existence. How do you feel about mandatory microchips in YOUR body? Do you see it as something to be welcomed or feared?