LATEST UPDATE: Track Recent Mass Animal Deaths Using Google Maps (Buzz Feed)
UPDATE: Massive Fish Kill in the Chesapeake Bay; Is American Wildlife Cursed? (AOL News)
UPDATE: 500 More Red-Winged Blackbirds Found Dead in Louisiana (AOL News)
Amidst a wave of conspiracy theories, are any of these events truly related?
68 pájaros muertos de mal agüero, le caerán como moscas a la Asamblea Nacional a partir del 6 de Enero (Aporrea)
7.0 earthquake hits northern Argentina (Associated Press)
Massive fish kill blankets Arkansas River (CNN)
“Dead drum fish floated in the water and lined the banks of a 20-mile stretch of the Arkansas River near Ozark, about 125 miles northwest of Little Rock, said Keith Stephens of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. A tugboat operator discovered the fish kill Thursday night, and fisheries officials collected some of the dying animals to conduct tests.”
“Biologists believe the bird deaths were stress-related from either fireworks or weather and are unrelated to the fish kill near Ozark, Stephens said.”
Fireworks? Thousands of birds over an extended period of time fell half- or completely dead out of the sky, and a good guess is ‘fireworks’?
Arkansas game officials probe mystery of falling birds (CNN)
“Arkansas game officials hope testing scheduled to begin Monday will solve the mystery of why up to 5,000 birds fell from the sky just before midnight New Year’s Eve.
The birds — most of which were dead — were red-winged blackbirds and starlings, and they were found within a one-mile area of Beebe, about 40 miles northeast of Little Rock, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said. Birds fell over about a one-mile area, the commission said in a statement.
As of Saturday, between 4,000 and 5,000 birds had been found dead, said Keith Stephens with the commission.”
Officials investigate dead fish, birds in Arkansas (NECN)
“The new year is off to a bizarre beginning in Arkansas as 100,000 drum fish washed up along the the Arkansas River.
Scientists say disease is likely to blame in the deaths of the fish, but a little more than 100 miles away in Beebe, thousands of birds started falling from the sky just before the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve.”
Thousands Of Dead Birds Fall From The Sky On New Year’s Eve (9 News Now)
“Testing begins Monday on thousands of dead birds and fish which met bizarre fates in Arkansas over the New Year’s weekend. Scientists have already offered up reasons for the deadly discoveries. But that’s not stopping some from drawing their own conclusions.”
My conclusion: Even if not related, definitely creepy. Not good. Only one breed of fish died… as mentioned, if it were a general toxin, more than the one kind would have died… But I really don’t buy that thousands of birds in the sky just got ‘stressed’ or ‘scared’ and fell out of the sky.
Thousands of birds, fish die in US (Sify News)
“Some 100,000 dead fish floated in a river in Arkansas in the US, while reports of 5,000 blackbirds mysteriously falling dead from the sky before New Year eve has left officials baffled.”
Here’s hoping this ends up truly unrelated, with two very solid explanations. However, until then, Arkansas, I’d keep and eye and ear out for any health concerns that may arise.