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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cover up? Mass Death Birds and Fish

Mass Death of Birds and Fish: Is There a Cover Up?

Posted By Dr. Mercola | January 25 2011 | 11,094 views

Dead FishPuzzled by the mass deaths of birds and fish in Alabama? It's also happening elsewhere, across the Eastern and Southern U.S. and around the world -- Gizmodo has a handy map of all the U.S. events.

The Activist Post offers some theories. Before you read them, however, bear in mind what Yahoo News has to say about the subject:

"... [M]ass die-offs happen all the time and usually are unrelated ... Federal records show they happen on average every other day somewhere in North America. Usually, we don't notice them and don't try to link them to each other ... 

And there have been much larger die-offs than the 3,000 blackbirds in Arkansas. Twice in the summer of 1996, more than 100,000 ducks died of botulism in Canada."

Here are the theories listed by the Activist Post:

Mainstream Explanations: These have included lightning, hail, mid-air collision, power lines, and New Year fireworks for the birds, and a disease for the fish. But this seems like a heck of a coincidence, and where are the roasted birds from a lightning strike?

Meteor showers: During this period of intense seasonal meteor shower, some people reported hearing sonic booms in the area that might have been an indication of a local shock wave.

New Madrid Fault Line: Could it be related to the recent earthquake activity along a fault line that runs along the mid-eastern section of the U.S.? Could it have dispersed pollutants into the water and atmosphere?

Government testing: Only certain species have been affected, but within the entire region. And some reports have indicated that the organs of the birds were liquefied -- could this implicate species-specific bio-weapons?

GMOs: There are other die-offs are happening across other species, such as bees and bats. Some think they could be poisoned by genetically modified plants.

Geoengineering: Could spraying in the area have caused this?

HAARP: Both birds and fish navigate in highly coordinated ways. Could the HAARP array off in Alaska have short-circuited their navigation systems? Or is it the result of electromagnetic pollution for other human devices?

Scalar Weapons: Some wonder if the cause is directed energy beam weapons deployed via satellite.

Project Blue Beam: Another theory is a sound generator weapon.

Geomagnetic and other Earth changes: The magnetic pole is moving. Add to this a dwindling magnetosphere and falling oxygen levels, plus an increase in sun activity and magnetic storms.

Update: A Wisconsin lab has apparently determined that the birds, at least, died of blunt force trauma.



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Unless you've been living beneath a rock for the past month or so, you couldn't have missed the bizarre reports of birds falling from the sky and dead fish littering shores in various parts of the world, mainly in the US, but also in Canada, Sweden, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Japan, and other areas.

This interactive Google map contains 30 reports, with the earliest reports starting around the last week of December. At the time of this writing, the map had not been updated since January 5, which means there were about 30 or so reported mass die-offs worldwide within a span of about just over one week.

I make this point because authorities have been quick to reassure us all that mass die offs are "normal," pointing out the fact that there are scores of mass deaths of various species each and every year.

While this is true, after spending some time reviewing the data on previous mass die-offs, I can't help but scratch my head and wonder why, if this is normal, the data doesn't support their current conclusions.

In fact, after looking at the US data for 2010 and 2009, I don't see how current events fit comfortably within the "normal" parameters.

Personally, I believe these birds and fish are the proverbial canaries in the coal mine, and whatever is going on, whether natural or induced by man, they appear to be an indication of something or some things going awry.

Are Mass Die-Offs of Animals Normal?

Well, yes and no.

It's easy to see how the authorities can so easily dismiss these events pointing to the fact that they've got scores of reports of similar events each and every month of the year.

But not so fast.

If you're going to hinge your conclusions on the data available, then look at that data and see if there are similar patterns ASIDE FROM the fact that animals "can and do die en masse" at times, which they do. I asked myself three questions, and I'll review each of them below.

The first question is, how common is it for hundreds or even thousands of birds to fall from the sky and not be found to have died from either poisoning or some form of viral or bacterial infection?

The answer to that is this: In the past two years that has never happened, based on the data from the USGS National Wildlife Health Center.

Three thousand Purple Gallinule and American Coots died between February and April of last year—from Avian cholera. Not from some mysterious mid-air collision with nothing, causing them to plummet to their deaths.

Six hundred snow geese also perished between February and March last year, due to lead poisoning. Some 200 robins, starlings and doves also died from suspected toxicosis.

Mass bird starvations have also occurred, but that's clearly not what we're looking at presently.

Going through the USGS' lists of each quarter for 2009 and 2010, looking for a pattern of what could be considered normal (at least in recent years), it seems quite clear that the die-offs that have occurred in the past few weeks are not quite as normal as they're trying to make them out to be…

Botulism appears to be a primary culprit when it comes to mass die-offs of birds and bats, but so far, none of the current cases have been linked to either poisoning or infection.

So, although mass die-offs are indeed normal, mass die-offs without a toxic, viral or bacterial cause are NOT normal.

So, until or unless a toxic or infectious cause is ascertained, it seems remarkably irresponsible to dismiss these events off-hand as something that is "within the norm." And then there's the frequency of events.

Why are There So Many More Reports All of a Sudden?

That's the second question.

Going back to that Google map, it shows a total of 15 reported events in the US within just eight days, starting with 83,000 dead fish washing up along the Arkansas River on December 29, followed by 5,000 blackbirds falling out of the sky in Beebe, Arkansas around 11.30 pm on New Year's eve, up to January 5, which is when the map was last updated.

Compare that to the USGS records of previous events and you will find that for the first two quarters of 2010 (the last two quarters are not posted), there were a total of 45 reports for the first quarter (January through April), and a total of 29 reports for the second quarter (April through June).

That means that during the first quarter of 2010, the USGS National Wildlife Health Center received an average of about 3.5 reports of mass die-offs per week. And during the second quarter of 2010, the average was just over 2 reports per week.

The year prior, in 2009, they had a massive die-off of ducks – 1,537 of them – but again, the cause was identifiable as parasites, not flying into electrical wires or scared to death by fireworks. They also had 1,440 various birds, including geese, die in the summer of 2009 in Minnesota. But again, there was a cause: viral infections. Twenty thousand ducks died of botulism in Idaho that same summer.

But still, if you average the number of total reports turned in to the USGF each quarter of 2009, the reports averaged from 1 to 4 a week.

So once again, 15 mass deaths in one week is a bit out of the ordinary—in fact, the first week of January has between five to seven times more reports than the average week during the past year.

Is that due to increased use of technology? Are we just noticing these events because we're more connected and news spreads faster?

Many people have proposed that as the explanation, but I'm not convinced. Didn't people have access to smart phones and computers last year? Or the year before?

Are Animals Dying in Greater Numbers than Normal?

The third "out-of-the-proposed-norm" of animal mass-deaths is the much larger than normal number of animals dying, starting with 83,000 fish and 5,000 birds in Arkansas.

Again, going through the USGS records, these are actually extraordinarily large numbers.

Reported mass deaths are typically in the dozens for birds, and large fish deaths appear to be rather uncommon in general.

Mass deaths of sea life now include:

At least in the US, the records from the USGS simply do not support the explanation that fish typically die in such great numbers.

Do some of these events have reasonable explanations?


Toxic algae bloom was found to be the culprit in the case of Lake Meredith, and the Vietnamese event was determined to be due a combination of water pollution and overcrowded fish pens, and the crabs may indeed have succumbed to cold water stress.

However, something just doesn't feel right about shrugging all of these events off as 'nothing out of the ordinary.' I certainly believe they all merit thorough and rigorous investigation.

Case Solved: Birds Died from Blunt Trauma!

At first I couldn't believe I was reading what I was reading. I thought, surely I must have misunderstood something. But no, it appears as though the official explanation to the Arkansas bird deaths is simply this: they died from blunt-force trauma. Tests for poisoning were negative. Case closed.

The official stance is that this year's fireworks sent the birds into a never-before-heard-of panic, causing them to fly into cars, homes, and possibly straight into the ground. What this explanation ignores, however, is the fact that people started reporting the birds littering the streets around 11.30 pm, and on New Year's Eve fireworks typically do not begin until the strike of midnight. It also ignores the fact that this does not appear to have happened before, even though the US celebrates both New Year's and Independence Day with massive fireworks displays across the nation every year.

Perhaps an even more bizarre explanation is that of the Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana event, where about 500 red-winged blackbirds and starlings are thought to have suddenly been unable to navigate around a power line due to high winds... Personally, I believe the odds of 500 birds colliding with a power line are fairly slim.

Likewise, it seems dubious that one trucker would cause the death of nearly 100 birds in Falkoping, Sweden.

Testing has yet to identify any toxic or infectious causes to any of these bird deaths.

I certainly understand our officials' needs to quench the fear that these events are in any way related. It could cause a panic. But quite frankly, the explanations offered are equally panic-inducing, simply because they do not appear to be based on any genuine understanding or scientific investigation.

Most Recent Events

It will be interesting to see what the explanations will be for some of the latest events, such as the January 14 mass death of fish reported in the Iranian sector of the Caspian Sea. According to the Iranian Gulistan Province's Nature Conservation Department Deputy Head Mohsen Jafarnejad, analysis of the dead fish is underway.

The article also states that, "Scientists suggest that the causes of the recent events may be a global disaster or testing of biological weapons."

Some 80 pigeons also died at a farm near Quebec City in Canada, the Toronto Sun reported on January 7. The landowner claims that wildlife officials told him not to speak to the media—a piece of advice he promptly ignored. "There's something going on," the landowner is quoted as saying. "This is not normal."

One of the few cases that seem to have a plausible cause of death is the case of 200 dead cows found in a field in the Town of Stockton on January 15. According to the NY Daily News, the owner suspects the cows may have succumbed to IBR/BVD, an acute, contagious cattle virus. An investigation is currently underway.

Again, I want to emphasize that I do not claim to have any of the answers, but I believe that in order to get to the answers we need to ask the right questions, and based on the questions I asked myself while writing this piece, the conventional answers are insufficient.

It's interesting to note that birds are quite vulnerable to chemical pollution and poisoning from natural toxins. If these animals are indeed the canaries, then we need to investigate these events properly and thoroughly, and not pretend it's all business as usual. I believe the data suggests these events are not as normal as they would like us all to believe, and all of these events certainly warrant further investigation.

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  1. the vast majority of stories come along with either no pictures of the actual dead animals at all, or with a very limited visual documentation of the issues. If 100 Tonns of fish are saied to have washed ashore dead, for example, then I do not want to look at a picture displaying about 45 dead-fish lying on a beach. Instead, I would like to see 100 Tons of dead fish! But those pictures seem to not exist. I am very curious to hear what other readers think about this...:

    non convincing mass-BIRD-death pictures on the net

    non convincing mass-FISH-death pictures on the net

    50% of the pictures about the mass-death events show one dead fish or one dead bird.

    I have not yet stumbled upon pictures showing more than one fifth of the actual amount of dead animals. There ARE no such pictures.
    WHY are there no such pictures, if the press would want to documentate the dimension of the cataclysm in pictures or in video-stream?
    Have not seem a single live interview yet either.

    google for "mass death fish" and you will not find many results from 2011 within the first page
    google "mass death birds" and you will not find any results younger than 11th of January 2011 . Now that is very odd!

    - the missing autopsie-reports cannot be tolerated. With the 5th of Febuary 2011 having passed, the events are one month old.
    - the missing pictures of dead fish and birds and cows are more thatn suspicious
    - the lack of footage by private citizens adds up to the picture

    100 tons of fish washing ashore, but no private citizen has ever taken pictures of it?
    no private videos posted it on youtube?
    Most pictures are only showing a very small number of dead animals - much smaller than the actual numbers!

    not a single relevant picture about this incident that happend in australia in the whole Internet:

    and again: a report without a single picture:

    and another relatively professionally made video with no real pictures in it of any kind at all,

    no pictures in Manchester again

    and here: no pictures AT ALL,

    the professional press invests a high amount of time and professionalism into the production of those innumerable videos.
    I am wondering about the missing pictures:
    others are wondering too:

    no live interviews from people passing by,
    no private pictures in the net,
    No wittness,

  2. exellent article! If you take a look at those Mass deaths of sea life you will not find a single picture in the internet that shows more than 10 percent of the actual number of dead animals. More often only one! dead! animal! is displayed. How come if:
    2 MILLION fish in the Chesapeake Bay
    Between 10,000 and 20,000 gizzard shad in Lake Meredith, Texas
    20 TONS of carp and red tilapia in Vietnam
    100 TONS of fish (mostly sardines) in Brazil
    40,000 crabs in the UK

    have dies en masse, that neverleless the pictures about it are completely missing?

    The same is true about the rather uncommon Mass deaths of birds worldwide. There is not a single picture in the internet by private citizens and the media alike, in which the actual number of birds can be actualy seen! Plus: Not a single Video or pictures by private Citizens was ever uploaded by private citizens. Very odd indeed. actually: very unlikely!

  3. Good points Steve. Yes, where are the pictures from private citizens?

  4. Something fishy is going on:

    not only the missing pictures and videos from private citizens are missing. I would wish to see proof in terms of at least a single picture in the net displaying at least 50 Tons of dead fish, if 100 tons of dead fish are saied to have washed ashore. But the actual numbers of dead fish presented by media companies within their partly highly timeintensively produced documentations LACK any pictures of real value whatsoever. If you did not already have found it odd to look at one dead fish if 100 Tons have saied to have died, you should from now on. Most of the time, they zoom in on one dead fish lying on the beach, or display one or eventually 10 dead birds. Let there be 45 dead birds on a picture. But I have not yet seen a single picture displaying 1000 dead birds, or cows or fish, let alone the numbers claimed to have actually died in January 2011. I did never see pictures of

    2 MILLION fish in the Chesapeake Bay

    10,000 and 20,000 gizzard shad in Lake Meredith, Texas

    20 TONS of carp and red tilapia in Vietnam

    100 TONS of fish (mostly sardines) in Brazil

    40,000 crabs in the UK

    there is absolutely no video or picture-footage to documentate the events on the entire internet. No pics at all by profesional media companies concerning January 2011, neither any private citizens that would have filmed tons of dead fish. At least not for those 30 events that have saied to have taken place within January 2011! there is no proof at all. The Media-videos are partly really extraordinarily professionally made, but at the same time, they lack any sources and do not display any pictures whatsoever. Nothing suggests the real dimesion of the mass-die-offs in January 2011. Some mass-die-offs indeed do come along with good picture-documatation, but watchout: those are dated 2008 to 2010. But those 30 events that are saied to have ocurred in January 2011 all have one thing in common: they are widely undocumentated. No sources and no pictures. Not by the media and Not by citizens. The January 2011 mass-die-offs deliver No sources and No names, nothing to investigate, and they come along without any pictures that would documentate any mass-death at all. All I saw, and all I have in mind, are pictures of maybe 45 dead birds lying randomly on a street. Or 20 Fish lying on a beach. Where are the pictures?

  5. O.K. Steve, I did a SEARCH in Swagbucks and found many, many pictures.. Take a look at just one url with some of them: As a matter of fact, I think I will make a blog page with it!

  6. Here's a new blog page on the subject:

  7. The first URL you provided was 404 -
    the second URL you provided does not proove that the incidents in January 2011 did truely happen. the number of dead fish you provided by one picture concerning th two million dead fish in Maryland eventually show 900 dead fish. That is sad, but might eventually still be explained naturally. Whereas two Million fish do not seem to be explainable at all. Regretfully, we have never ever yet seen a single picture in the net showing that amount of fish washed ashore in Maryland. Not a single picture shows that dimension.

    you also mention several other incidents, but did not add relevant pictures either. Becaurse they do not exist.

    the Picture about the incident in Kent, England, with 40,000 velvet swimming crabs saied to have washed ashore - does not diplay in pictures either. Anyway, as far as I am concerned, crabs might have washed ashore, and that is worrying, but the way the press handles the matter is not down to sources, and exaggregates the numbers of dead animals very exessively, irresponsibly!

    As far as the green river is concerned, this event is a prooven hoax. the water was turned green becaurse someone pulled chemicals into it, someone WANTED the river to shine unnaturally green, and the press WANTED to declare the end of the world on it.

    I really think we shall live decent, honest and find back to our roots. and not explore mother nature. But I just also think we shall not belive the media too easily, becaurse the reports all seem staged! The river turned green right in time, a couple of days after Christmas, , right before the events of January 2011! it lines in with all the other non-events that were reported about in January 2011 about the earth going down. But they lack sources, they lack pictures, and, apart from three or four exceptions, they lack interviews with someone who saw the mass-death. Also nobody ever filmed one mass-death. Nobody ever did the cleaning up- no private citizen has ever caught a REAL mass death with a high amount of dead animals on tape. NOTHING.

    We should not trust those stories, should not be held stupid, but at the same time, should return to a decent way of life, and stor exploiting the earth. But please lets do it based on facts, not fiction.

  8. Anonymous3:30 PM

    Thousands of Squid deaths in the Derwent River, Tasmania, check out the picture it's just one guy with 2 squid.....(the mercury)


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