The northern cardinal, a nonmigratory songbird, was rare in Nova Scotia in 1980; the province was considered to be be...

on November 13 at 08:07PM

help please!

I had a hard time thinking about how A weakens the question. Can I get some guidance please? thank you!

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Jacob on November 14 at 07:01AM

Answer A gives us an alternative reason for the conclusion in the argument, and thus weakens the logical connection.

That is: the conclusion of this argument is that warmer winters are probably responsible for the northern cardinal’s proliferation. But answer A gives an alternative explanation for why cardinals have proliferated since 1980 — far more common bird feeders, which are an important source of nutrition to wintering birds. This weakens the argument that it must have been the warmer winters.

I hope that helps!