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Old 01-06-2011, 03:06 AM
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The plot thickens? Dead birds found in Sweden, Kentucky

Veterinarian refuses to speculate on cause of death but is investigating





Bjorn Larsson Rosvall / Reuters Rescue Chief Christer Olofsson holds a dead bird in Falkoping, Sweden on Wednesday. Residents of the Swedish town found 50 to 100 dead jackdaws on a Falkoping street. An investigation is currently underway to determine the cause of death.

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It isn't easy being a bird.

First, New Year's Eve fireworks were blamed in central Arkansas for making thousands of blackbirds confused, crashing into homes, cars and each other. Then 300 miles to the south in Louisiana, power lines likely killed about 450 birds, littering a highway near Baton Rouge.
On Wednesday, Kentucky wildlife officials said several hundred grackles, red wing blackbirds, robins and starlings were found dead last week in the western part of the state.

It's almost certainly a coincidence the events happened within days of each other, Louisiana's state wildlife veterinarian Jim LaCour said Tuesday. "I haven't found anything to link the two at this point."
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To add to the mystery, 50-100 jackdaws, a bird species in the crow family, fell dead in central Sweden late Tuesday night, English-language Swedish news website The Local reported Wednesday.
"We do not know what the cause is," Skovde police commander Tomas Ahlgren said. The birds fell in the city of Falkoping, which is southeast of Skovde.

Mass bird deaths aren't uncommon. The U.S. Geological Service's website listed about 90 mass deaths of birds and other wildlife from June through Dec. 12.

There were five deaths of at least 1,000 birds, with the largest near Houston, Minnesota, where parasite infestations killed about 4,000 water birds between Sept. 6 and Nov. 26.

Mystery remains

In Louisiana, the birds died sometime late Sunday or early Monday in the rural Pointe Coupee Parish community of Labarre, about 30 miles northwest of Baton Rouge.

The birds — a mixed flock of red-winged blackbirds, brown-headed cowbirds, grackles and starlings — may have hit a power line or vehicles in the dark, LaCour said. Two dozen of them had head, neck, beak or back injuries.
Video: Second deluge of dead birds falls in Southeast (on this page) About 50 dead birds were near a power line 30 or 40 feet from Louisiana Highway 1. About a quarter-mile away, a second group of 400 or more stretched from the power line and across the highway, he said.

Dan Cristol, a biology professor and co-founder of the Institute for Integrative Bird Behavior Studies at the College of William & Mary, said the Louisiana birds may have been ill or startled from their roost, then hit the power line.

"They don't hit a power line for no reason," he said.
In Beebe, New Year's revelers spent the holiday weekend cleaning up dead red-winged blackbirds.
Some speculated that bad weather was to blame. Others said one confused bird could have led the group in a fatal plunge. A few spooked schoolkids guessed the birds committed mass suicide.
Video: Ark. birds died in mid-air, says official (on this page) Officials acknowledged, though, they may never know exactly what caused the large number of deaths.

Cristol was skeptical of the fireworks theory, unless "somebody blew something into the roost, literally blowing the birds into the sky."
Wildlife officials in both Arkansas and Louisiana sent carcasses to researchers at the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wis. and the University of Georgia.

LaCour said he didn't expect results for at least two or three weeks.

E. coli?

In 1999, several thousand grackles fell from the sky and staggered about before dying in north Louisiana. It took five months to get the diagnosis: an E. coli infection of the air sacs in their skulls.

"I hope things go faster than that," said Paul Slota, branch chief for the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin. He said necropsies of the Arkansas birds began Tuesday afternoon.

"If it isn't strictly trauma, it may take more time to get results back," he said. "When nothing shows up, you run the tests longer and let it incubate longer."
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is also trying to determine what caused the deaths of up to 100,000 fish over a 20-mile stretch of the Arkansas River near a dam in Ozark, 125 miles west of Beebe. The fish were discovered on Dec. 30.


Video: Massive fish kill deepens dead bird mystery (on this page) The commission expects results on the fish tests in probably a month. Disease may be the culprit, since almost all the fish were one species — bottom-feeding drum, the commission said.
Keith Stephens, a commission spokesman, said the events do not appear to be related. Both that section of the river and the air at the site of the bird deaths were tested for toxins, Stephens said.
As for the dead birds in Sweden, a county veterinarian would not speculate on the cause of their death, The Local reported. He was traveling to the site Wednesday to investigate.

"We will work quietly and methodically," he said.

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources spokesman Mark Marraccini says someone called police about the discovery in Kentucky, and they alerted state officials.

Marraccini says tests performed on the birds ruled out diseases or poisons. He said the deaths could have been caused by weather or another natural event.

Plot thickens? Dead birds found in Sweden, Kentucky - U.S. news - Environment - msnbc.com

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Old 01-06-2011, 03:15 AM
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Dead Birds Fall From Sky In Sweden, Millions Of Dead Fish Found In Maryland, Brazil, New Zealand

Millions of dead fish surfaced in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay in the U.S., Tuesday, while similar unexplained mass fish deaths occurred across the world in Brazil and New Zealand. On Wednesday, 50 birds were found dead on a street in Sweden. The news come after recents reports of mysterious massive bird and fish deaths days prior in Arkansas and Louisiana.
The Baltimore Sun reports that an estimated 2 million fish were found dead in the Chesapeake Bay, mostly adult spot with some juvenile croakers in the mix, as well. Maryland Department of the Environment spokesperson Dawn Stoltzfus says "cold-water stress" is believed to be the culprit. She told The Sun that similar large winter fish deaths were documented in 1976 and 1980.
ParanaOnline reports that 100 tons of sardines, croaker and catfish have washed up in Brazilian fishing towns since last Thursday. The cause of the deaths is unknown, with an imbalance in the environment, chemical pollution, or accidental release from a fishing boat all suggested by local officials.
In New Zealand, hundreds of dead snapper fish washed up on Coromandel Peninsula beaches, many found with their eyes missing, The New Zealand Herald reports. A Department of Conservation official allegedly claims the fish were starving due to weather conditions.
While all three events are likely unrelated, they come after recent reports of mysterious dead birds falling from the sky in both Arkansas and Louisiana. Thousands of dead birds were found in Beebe, Arkansas on New Year's Eve, and a few days later, around 500 of the same species were found 300 miles south in Louisiana. A Kentucky woman also reported finding dozens of dead birds scattered around her home. In the days prior to New Year's, nearly 100,000 fish surfaced in an Arkansas river 100 miles west of Beebe. Officials are now saying that fireworks likely caused the Arkansas bird deaths, and power lines may be to blame for the death of the birds in Louisiana.
Some remain skeptical of the explanations. Dan Cristol, a biology professor and co-founder of the Institute for Integrative Bird Behavior Studies at the College of William & Mary, told the AP that he was hesitant to believe fireworks were to blame unless "somebody blew something into the roost, literally blowing the birds into the sky."
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Wednesday, officials in Sweden reported the finding of 50 dead birds on a street, suggesting that cold weather or fireworks were the likely culprit.
Bird deaths and fish kills at smaller numbers aren't all that uncommon, though the size and proximity of some of the recent events have led people to allege their relation, though officials deny the frequency of these wildlife deaths as being anything other than coincidence.
In August of 2010, tens of thousands of dead fish were reported washing ashore in two separate occasions, 200 miles apart on the East Coast.
CLICK HERE to let us know what you think caused the mass bird deaths. While many of the animals are undergoing tests that could take weeks to yield comprehensive results, some officials attest that the true cause behind these mysterious deaths may never fully be known.

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Old 01-06-2011, 03:18 AM
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Dead birds fall from the sky in Arkansas, fish deaths reported worldwide. What is going on?



After a spate of unusual animal deaths, Melissa Bell asks the inevitable question, are we seeing the beginning of the Aflockalypse?
Dozens dead in Sweden, hundreds washed ashore in New Zealand. Is the world witnessing the end of days or is this just a case of coincidence fueled by wild speculation?
Ever since residents of Beebe, Ark., woke up on New Year's Day to thousands of blackbirds that had dropped mysteriously from the sky, other sudden animal deaths have been reported furiously around the world. In a nearby Arkansas town, thousands of fish washed ashore on Monday. On Tuesday, another 500 blackbirds were found dead in Baton Rouge, La.
Then the story went international. Sweden reported dozens of birds falling out of the sky and New Zealand reported hundreds of dead snapper washing ashore. The Chesapeake Bay has 2 million fish estimated dead.
Does this mean the Christian group spreading the word that the end is nigh -- very, very nigh -- is correct? The group's date for Judgment Day: May 21, 2011.
As AP reported most of the bird deaths occurred around Beebe, Arkansas, whose mayor was quick to laud the cleanup effort underway:
Mike Robertson, the mayor in Beebe, told The Associated Press the last dead bird was removed about 11 a.m. Sunday in the town about 40 miles northeast of Little Rock. He said 12 to 15 workers, hired by the city to do the cleanup, wore environmental-protection suits for the task.
(VIDEO: Bizarre bird mystery puzzles Arkansas officials)
The Capital Weather Gang was on hand to discuss the widely discussed theory that lightning caused the deaths, reporting that:
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) is reporting the birds likely died as a result of booming noise, perhaps fireworks, in central Arkansas Friday. The noise may have incited a bird frenzy causing them to fly into houses and trees. The WSJ story states storms weren't in the area when the birds died. On the other hand, the radar shows storms departing the region between 9 and 10 p.m. central time. The birds reportedly started falling from the sky around 11 p.m.
There is a precedent for lightning-related bird deaths in Arkansas. According to the Associated Press, lightning killed ducks at Hot Springs in 2001 and hail knocked birds from the sky at Stuttgart in 1973 on the day before hunting season

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Old 01-06-2011, 03:20 AM
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One Hundred Tons of Dead Fish Wash Ashore in Brazil, Is It Related to Arkansas Dead Birds?

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Brazil is the first Latin American country to be hit by the bizarre wave of mass animal deaths in the world. Reports by the Federation of Fishermen of Paraná, Paranaguá indicate that at least one hundred tons of fish (sardine, croaker and catfish) have turned up dead since last Thursday, off the coast of Paraná.
On Sunday, representatives from the Environmental Institute of Paraná (IAP), the Secretary of State for the Environment and Water Resources (SEMA), took samples to try to figure out what might be killing the fish in such a large scale. A report will be released later today. No one has made a connection to these animals death and the thousands of dead birds in Arkansas.
Between Paranaguá and Guaraqueçaba regions, an estimate of 2,800 fishermen depend on the daily seafood.
“On Thursday we began to realize there were lots of dead fish. Only one community came to bury 15 tons. We are experiencing a very sad situation on the coast, ” said a local.
The city of Paranagua issued a press release warning that as a precaution, the sale of seafood will be temporarily suspended in the region.
“It is not forbidden, but we have oriented people to not purchase or consume these products to avoid any problems. There is no indication that someone has gone bad, ” said Captain Edson Olifeira Avila, the regional coordinator of Civil Defense in the Paraná region.
New Zealand, the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, Spruce Creek in Florida, and places in Maryland have reported hundreds of death fish washing up in shores. Dr. Mike, a reader at BlogPost.com, writes that dead fish have also been floating up on the Haiti/Dominican border, Sydney, and Wales.
Additionally, Sweden has reported hundreds of dead birds suddenly peppering the ground of the city of Falkoeping,
and in the U.S. there are reports of separate incidents of hundreds of birds dying in the states of Louisiana, Maryland and Arkansas.

One Hundred Tons of Dead Fish Wash Ashore in Brazil, Is It Related to Arkansas Dead Birds? - Hispanically Speaking News
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Old 01-06-2011, 03:22 AM
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So we have dead birds and fish on a large scale in Sweden, New Zealand, Brazil and in several states within the U.S such as Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Kentucky and Maryland...

A weather balloon is the likely explanation for all of this I am thinking lol!

This is a very bizarre story, I would not be surprised to see it grow even stranger!

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Old 01-06-2011, 03:33 AM
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Not much happening here, saw a dead tortoise but I think he was hit by a car while trying to swim across the road
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Old 01-06-2011, 03:40 AM
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PS think its a little od you over looked the massive change in the Atlantic current are you telling me you never saw the move THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW ?.

You guys ever heard of the chaos theory.

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Old 01-06-2011, 03:53 AM
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Deaths of birds and fish en masse stir end-times theories

Bizarre reports of washed-up fish and downed birds have many people scratching their heads, and jumping to conclusions.

Dead spot and croaker fill a shoreline in Stevensville, Md. Millions of the fish are believed to have died in Chesapeake Bay. Scientists blame the frigid water temperature. (Charles Poukish, Associated Press / January 6, 2011)



Reporting from Baltimore —

When the term "dead fish" became a top Google search Wednesday, soaring past the likes of Lindsay Lohan and leaving Justin Bieber in its scaly wake, it looked as if the end were near.
That's what everyone was saying, anyway.
After millions of tiny fish went belly up in Chesapeake Bay this week, much of the populace immediately dismissed the official scientific explanation (the water was just too darn cold). What made more sense, they reasoned?
The approaching apocalypse. Of course.
The troubling fish kill, coming as it did on top of reports of birds in Arkansas and Louisiana falling from the sky en masse, had some scratching their heads. And jumping to conclusions.
"Is American Wildlife Cursed?" AOL asked in a headline over a story that began, "Maybe it's time to start storing those emergency food rations." Conspiracy theories raged on blogs, Facebook and Twitter. People sent countless panicky tweets, including:
• "So they['re] blaming dead birds on loud noises and dead fish on the water being too cold.... Are we supposed to believe that?!?"
•"Between all these dead birds and fish around the USA, I think 2012 may be it after all, drink up gang."
Some were more to the point:
•"WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!"
Though officials in Maryland immediately explained what caused the deaths of millions of spot and croaker, people weren't willing to buy "cold-water stress" — not with so much other environmental upheaval underway.
First, in Arkansas, 83,000 dead drum fish washed up along the Arkansas River. Then, on New Year's Day over the small town of Beebe, about 100 miles from the dead fish, as many as 5,000 red-winged blackbirds fell to the ground, dead.
Alfred Hitchcock might have envied the austere shots of horror captured on film — all those still birds lying on highways, sidewalks and the brown grass of winter lawns. The cause of their deaths only deepened people's unease: blunt-force trauma.
Blunt-force trauma? What?
Then, a couple of days later in Louisiana, hundreds more birds — blackbirds, starlings, brown-headed cowbirds and grackles — expired in a similarly bizarre fashion.
Theories about how that could happen, not once but twice, flew faster than feathers. Hail. Lightning. Power lines. New Year's Eve fireworks.
George Washington University religion professor Paul Duff, who has studied the Book of Revelation and the apocalypse, didn't seem particularly alarmed about all this when reached for comment Wednesday. In fact, he wasn't even gathering food rations; he was catching up on work in his office.
"There has not been a generation that has not cried, 'The end is near,' " he said.
Duff said the disturbing nature of the wildlife deaths, combined with the unanswered questions behind some of them, create the perfect climate for a doomsday plot.
Even if all the poor birds and rotting fish portend nothing in the end, Duff has little doubt that the apocalyptically inclined will not drop their case.
"When they expect [doomsday] to come and it doesn't, they don't give up that belief," he said. "They'll just recalculate. And push [the date] forward again."

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Old 01-06-2011, 06:35 AM
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Is the Arkansas/Louisiana mass bird kill an omen predicted by Nostradamus?
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