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« on: January 04, 2011, 07:39:51 PM »

Mass La. bird deaths puzzle investigators
 
Hundreds of dead starlings, red-winged blackbirds and brown-headed cowbirds lie along the side of La. 1 near New Roads. The birds were found dead and dying Monday along a half-mile stretch of the road.



    
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LABARRE — Hundreds of dead and dying birds littered a quarter-mile stretch of highway in Pointe Coupee Parish on Monday as motorists drove over and around them.

State biologists are trying to determine what led to the deaths of the estimated 500 red-winged blackbirds and starlings on La. 1 just down the road from Pointe Coupee Central High School.

The discovery of the dead birds — some of which were lying face down, clumped in groups, while others were face up with their wings outstretched and rigid legs pointing upward — comes just three days after more than 3,000 blackbirds rained down from the sky in Beebe, Ark.

Necropsies performed Monday on the birds in Arkansas showed the birds suffered internal injuries that formed blood clots leading to their deaths, The Associated Press reported.

In Louisiana, biologists with the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries spent part of the day Monday scooping up some of the birds in Pointe Coupee Parish to be sent for testing at labs in Georgia and Wisconsin.

The remaining carcasses were still on the roadway, on the shoulder and in drainage ditches Monday afternoon as some motorists sped past, flattening birds lying in the roadway, while other drivers slowed down to gawk.

State Wildlife Veterinarian Jim LaCour said he planned to drive to Pointe Coupee to pick up some of the bird carcasses to study.

Lab tests could take several weeks to come up with an explanation for the deaths, and LaCour declined to speculate on possible causes; however, he did say massive bird deaths have been known to occur in the state in the past, albeit in smaller numbers.

“Underlying disease, starvation and cold fronts where birds can’t get their body heat up” have caused similar occurrences “in various species over the years,” he said.

LaCour said some of the bird samples will be sent to the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Center in Wisconsin for analysis.

USGS spokesman Paul Slota said Monday afternoon he was unaware of the mass deaths in Louisiana, but he expects bird samples taken from the Arkansas occurrence on New Year’s Eve to arrive Tuesday in Wisconsin.

Slota also declined to speculate on a cause for the deaths, but he said a search of USGS records shows there have been 16 events in the past 30 years involving blackbirds where at least 1,000 of the birds have died seemingly all at once.

“These large events do take place,” he said. “It’s not terribly unusual.”
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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2011, 07:47:31 PM »

Now HUNDREDS more birds fall from the sky in Kentucky and Louisiana and tens of THOUSANDS of dead fish wash ashore

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 9:36 PM on 4th January 2011

   
The mystery over thousands of birds raining from the sky in America deepened today after hundreds more plunged to their deaths in different parts of the country.

Scientists said that New Year’s Eve fireworks might have been to blame for the 3,000 blackbirds that died in a small town in Arkansas.

But they were forced to order more tests last night after 500 birds plummeted to the ground 360 miles away in Louisiana on Monday and dozens more died in Kentucky.

And just a 100 miles away from the Arkansas mass bird kill, at least 83,000 dead and dying fish washed ashore - possibly as many as 100,000.

The Internet has been abuzz with conspiracy theories about secret government testing and a looming Armageddon.

Experts insist a link between the bizarre incidents is unlikely.



Hundreds of dead birds lay along the side of the highway in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, about 300 miles south of the thousands dead in Arkansas

Hundreds of dead birds lay along the side of the highway in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, about 300 miles south of the thousands dead in Arkansas


Assistant State Veterinarian Dr. Brandon Doss examines dead red-winged blackbirds at the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission Diagnostic Laboratory in Little Rock. Further testing will be back next week

Assistant State Veterinarian Dr. Brandon Doss examines dead red-winged blackbirds at the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission Diagnostic Laboratory in Little Rock. Further testing will be back next week

The thousands of blackbirds that plummeted to their deaths in front of horrified New Year revellers in Arkansas may have been sent into their deadly spirals by fireworks, raining onto rooftops and into fields as Beebe residents enjoyed the midnight celebrations.

But that doesn't explain why more than 500 birds dropped dead from the sky in Louisiana on Monday or why a Kentucky woman found dozens of dead birds in her yard.



Louisiana state biologists are trying to determine what led to the deaths of the hundreds of red-winged blackbirds and starlings on highway La. 1 on Monday.

The bird carcasses were lying with many clumped in groups, some face down, some with wings outstretched.

Necropsies are being performed and samples are being sent to multiple institutions for disease testing.

And in Kentucky a woman told a local television station she found dozens of dead birds in her yard on Monday.
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It is unclear what if anything is happening with the Kentucky carcasses.

Up to 100,000 dead and dying drum fish washed up along a 20-mile stretch of the Arkansas River, about 100 miles west of Beebe.

Wildlife officials say the fish deaths are not related to the dead birds, and that because mainly one species of fish was affected, it is likely they were stricken by an illness.

Had it been an environmental cause, other kinds of fish would be dead, too.

Full test results on the fish could take up to a month.

A little further north the Maryland Department of the Environment said that tens of thousands of small fish have died in the Chesapeake Bay.



As many as 100,000 drum fish washed up dead from the Arkansas River

As many as 100,000 drum fish washed up dead from the Arkansas River
Residents examine a dead bird on the Beebe street as another can be seen in the background. Witness described dead birds raining down on cars and homes. One hit a woman walking her dog



Residents examine a dead bird on the Beebe street as another can be seen in the background. Witness described dead birds raining down on cars and homes. One hit a woman walking her dog

They blame the fish kill on the stress of the cold water. The dead included menhayden, spots and croakers.

In Arkansas one dead bird struck a woman walking her dog and another hit a police vehicle.

Birds were 'littering the streets, the yards, the driveways, everywhere', said Robby King, a county wildlife officer in Beebe, a community of 5,000 north east of Little Rock.

'It was hard to drive down the street in some places without running over them.'

For some people, the scene evoked images of the apocalypse and cut short New Year celebrations. Many families phoned police instead of popping champagne.

'I think the switchboard lit up pretty good,' said Beebe police captain Eddie Cullum. 'For all the doomsdayers, that was definitely the end of the world.'

In all, more than 3,000 birds tumbled to the ground with estimates as high as 5,000.

Scientists now say that the fireworks appeared to have frightened the birds into such a frenzy that they crashed into homes, cars and each other. Some may have flown straight into the ground.

'The blackbirds were flying at rooftop level instead of treetop level' to avoid explosions above, said Karen Rowe, an ornithologist with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

'Blackbirds have poor eyesight and they started colliding with things.'

But Ms Rowe stopped short of declaring the mystery solved, saying labs planned to test bird carcasses for toxins or disease.
A few birds survived their falls and stumble around, but most died of 'massive trauma' upon hitting each other and then the ground below



A few birds survived their falls and stumble around, but most died of 'massive trauma' upon hitting each other and then the ground below

Another theory was that violent thunderstorms might have disoriented the flock or even just one bird that could have led the group in a fatal plunge to the ground.

A few stunned birds survived their fall and stumbled around like drunken revellers.

There was little light across the countryside at the time, save for the glimmer of fireworks and some lightning on the horizon. In the tumult, many birds probably lost their bearings.

'I turn and look across my yard, and there's all these lumps,' said Shane Roberts, who thought hail was falling until he saw a dazed blackbird beneath his truck.

Paul Duke filled three five-gallon buckets with dead birds on New Year's Day. 'They were on the roof of the house, in the yard, on the sidewalks, in the street,' said the school supervisor.

Red-winged blackbirds are among North America's most abundant birds, with somewhere between 100 million and 200 million nationwide, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York.

Ms Rowe put the number of dead in Beebe at 'easily 3,000'. Thousands can roost in one tree.

The Game and Fish Commission shipped carcasses to the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission and the National Wildlife Health Centre in Madison, Wisconsin.


Cleanup is underway. Here is bucket of bird carcasses. Some are being sent out to Wisconsin and Georgia for more tests

Researchers at the University of Georgia's wildlife disease study group also asked for a set of birds.

Test results could be back in a week.

A few grackles and a couple of starlings were also among the dead. Those species roost with blackbirds, particularly in winter.

'They died from massive trauma,' said Game and Fish Commission spokesman Keith Stephens.

Residents heard loud fireworks just before the birds started hitting the ground.

'They started going crazy, flying into one another,' Mr Stephens said. The birds apparently also hit homes, trees and other objects, and some could have been killed by flying hard into the ground.

The area where the birds fell is too large to determine if any specific blast rousted the birds, Police chief Wayne Ballew said.

'It was New Year's Eve night. Everybody and their brother was shooting fireworks,' he said.


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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2011, 08:00:41 PM »

Mysterious killing of fish in coastal Brazil


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Fishermen have found at least 100 tonnes, mainly sardines.

 A survey conducted by the Federation of Fishermen's Colony of Paraná, Paranaguá on the coast of the state, indicates that at least 100 tons of fish (sardine, croaker and catfish) have turned up dead since last Thursday off the coast of Parana.

On Sunday, representatives from the Environmental Institute of Paraná (IAP), the Secretary of State for the Environment and Water Resources (SEMA), took samples to verify the reason for the deaths. O relatório será divulgado hoje. The report will be released today.

The president of the Federation of Fishermen's Colony of Parana, Edmir Manoel Ferreira, reports that between Paranaguá and Guaraqueçaba at least 2,800 fishermen depend on the daily seafood.

"On Thursday we began to realize very dead fish. Only one community came to bury 15 tons.  We are experiencing a very sad situation on the coast, "reports.

Apart from Paranagua, Ferreira said the dead fish are starting to appear in other coastal towns.  "The dead fish are going to Antonina, and Guaraqueçaba Pontal do Paraná. We need an urgent solution to this, "he warns.

Captain Edson Oliveira Avila, regional coordinator of Civil Defense in the Paraná region, believes there are three hypotheses for the death of fish. "We will wait to see what happened, but speculations suggest that fish may have died due to an environmental imbalance, dropping a fishing boat or leakage of chemicals," he says.

Through his press office, the city of Paranagua said the sale of seafood is a precaution, temporarily suspended in the region.

"It is not forbidden, but we have oriented people do not purchase or consume these products to avoid any problems. There is no indication that someone has gone bad, "said Avila.

The issue was discussed yesterday in a meeting involving the city of Paranaguá, IAP, Brazilian Institute of Environment and Natural Resources (IBAMA) and the Civil Defense of Parana.

Reportedly, the IAP said it will only give a ruling today, after the result of the award. The samples were sent to the Centre for Marine Studies (CEM), Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR).

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. The whole situation worries the fishing community of coastal Paraná.  "I urge the authorities to look for these workers from the sea.  but throughout our state.  When a disaster such sufferers is the fisherman. We can not let that happen ", says Ferreira.
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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2011, 08:05:29 PM »

I could say all of this dead fish in Brazil may be due to the Deep Water Horizon oil and the Corexit, but that does not explain the cases in Maryland or the birds in multiple states in america....
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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2011, 07:56:48 PM »

How about some newfangled particle beam weapon, designed to disrupt biological life without destroying infrastructure.

Or perhaps Mother Earth is dying, and her ley lines had a temporary power outage, resulting in the birds suddenly falling from the air in much the same way an airplane would if it suddenly lost power in it's engines.
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« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2011, 04:55:45 PM »

Now fish in New Zealand

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFiCvLpOhOE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFiCvLpOhOE</a>
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« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2011, 04:56:32 PM »

How about some newfangled particle beam weapon, designed to disrupt biological life without destroying infrastructure.

Or perhaps Mother Earth is dying, and her ley lines had a temporary power outage, resulting in the birds suddenly falling from the air in much the same way an airplane would if it suddenly lost power in it's engines.

You mean like HAARP???
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« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2011, 12:31:47 AM »

Now crabs are washing up on shore in the UK. I have a problem with this guys thoery on why this is happening...If any of you have watched those reality shows on sea men fishing for crabs you know crabs live on the sea floor in some of the coldest territories on earth, so it is NOT the cold that is killing them it is something entirely different..

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« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2011, 09:46:47 PM »

1000s of Octopi wash up on shores of Portugal

Thousands of dead octopuses wash up on Portugal beach

Thousands of dead octopuses have washed up on a beach in northern Portugal, in what is being called an environmental disaster.
They cover a 5-mile stretch of Vila Nova de Gaia beach - no reason has yet been found for their appearance.
The authorities have warned the public not to eat them.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8438477.stm
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« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2011, 09:50:06 PM »

Is there no end to this

Hundreds of whales die in New Zealand

Conservation workers in New Zealand have attempted to coax pilot whales back into the sea, after they got stranded on a beach.
Hundreds of volunteers tried to keep the mammals wet throughout the day.

Around 125 whales died, whilst 43 others managed to swim free from Colville Beach on the North Island's Coromandel peninsula.

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