Catastrophic': Now thousands of birds fall from skyWed Jan 10, 2007 19:39
Catastrophic': Now thousands of birds fall from sky
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Subject: 'Catastrophic': Now thousands of birds fall from sky
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2007 16:53:36 -0600
From: John Ray firstname.lastname@example.org
[JR: BIRDS DROPING FROM THE SKY - FALLING DEAD ACROSS THE U.S., AUSTRALIA AND POSSIBLY OTHER AREAS THAT ARE NOT BEING REPORTED. IS THIS THE LATEST TERRORIST SCARE PLANNED BY OUR GOVERNMENTS? OR ARE THEY DOING SOMETHING WITHOUT PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE? THE POWERS THAT BE ALWAYS HAVE MANY EXPLANATIONS BUT THEN AGAIN ---- PERHAPS HAARP IS RESPONSIBLE --- WHO KNOWS. REMEMBER THE BOOM BOXES IN THE OCEANS AND THE TESTING OF NEW SONAR SYSTEMS DRIVING WHALES ASHORE TO DIE? TRY GOOGLING VARIATIONS OF BIRD DEATHS AND SEE WHAT YOU GET.]
Bird Deaths Shut Down Downtown Austin
By JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press Writer
Tribune, January 9, 2007, 3:41 AM CST
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas health officials are trying to determine what killed dozens of birds whose remains prompted a temporary shutdown of 10 blocks of downtown Austin.
Police closed a section of downtown for several hours Monday after 63 birds were found dead in the street, but officials said preliminary tests found no threat to people.
Workers in yellow hazardous-materials suits tested for contaminants in a cordoned-off area near the state Capitol and the governor's mansion before authorities finally gave the all-clear in the afternoon.
Dr. Adolfo Valadez, medical director for the Austin and Travis County Health and Human Services Division, said the dead grackles, sparrows and pigeons were to be tested for signs of poison or viral infections. Officials did not believe bird flu was involved.
Grackles are a crowlike bird regarded as a major pest in Texas, with Austin sidewalks sometimes covered in their droppings.
Some experts said the most likely cause of the die-off was a deliberate poisoning. "It happens quite frequently," said Greg Butcher, director of bird conservation at the National Audubon Society in Washington.
The dead birds were found overnight along Congress Avenue, a major downtown thoroughfare.
Elsewhere in Texas, authorities in the Houston suburb of Sugar Land asked people to stay indoors with windows closed Monday after a chemical release at an industrial plant. Ethylenediamine was released into the air while a tanker truck was unloading at a division of Nalco Co.
The warning was lifted a little more than an hour later after emergency crews contained the leak of the colorless liquid, which has an amomonia-like odor and can cause skin and nasal irritation, and possible damage to the kidneys and liver.
Three employees were sent to a hospital and about a dozen others were treated on the scene.
Associated Press Science Writer Seth Borenstein in Washington contributed to this report.
Bird deaths being investigated
By Ben Ready
The Daily Times-Call
LONGMONT — About 40 dead birds littered a short stretch of U.S. Highway 287 south of the city Tuesday.
Boulder County health officials and the Colorado Division of Wildlife were still coordinating efforts late afternoon to investigate the site, just south Mooring Road.
From an initial description, division veterinarian Laurie Baeten said the birds were likely starlings killed by a passing truck. Considering whipping winds in parts of Boulder County on Monday and the fact that starlings tend to flock at night and in large colonies, Baeten suspects a gust might have thrown the colony into the path of a tall vehicle such as a semi truck.
“Starlings tend to sit on the road and fly low,” Baeten said. “This wouldn’t be out of the ordinary.”
While farmers on granaries and feedlots have been known to poison starlings — a non-native species from Europe originally brought to America as pets — such cases are rare in Boulder County, Baeten said. Poisoned birds are generally found within a few miles of the site where they were poisoned, and in smaller numbers.
County health spokeswoman Chana Goussetis said West Nile virus is not an issue this time of year, and she doesn’t suspect any other kind of virus caused the die-off. Avian flu is carried by migratory birds, and starlings are not migratory, she said.
Niwot resident J. Morley reported the dead birds to the county health department after he drove past them on U.S. Highway 287 at about 1 p.m.
“There were slews of starlings on the (telephone) lines, like they were in mourning. Then I saw all these black balls on the road and realized they were birds,” he said. “It was kind of eerie, kind of Steven King-ish.”
Morley said he wouldn’t have reported the incident had his wife not mentioned a news report that Austin, Texas, shut down 10 city blocks after discovering dozens of dead birds there Monday. Esperance, a coastal town in West Australia, also reported Monday that several thousand birds mysteriously dropped dead out of the skies.
Health officials at both those locations have not yet determined the cause of the die-offs.
Boulder health officials said they contacted animal control officers to investigate the birds on U.S. 287. If there’s reason for concern, they’ll send a carcass to a state laboratory.
“We don’t believe there’s a public health risk,” Goussetis said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Ben Ready can be reached at 303-684-5326, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
'Catastrophic': Now thousands of birds fall from sky
Wildlife officers baffled, autopsies shed no light on mystery
Posted: January 9, 2007
9:07 p.m. Eastern
© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com
Thousands of birds inexplicably dropped like rocks from the sky over Australia.
The mysterious catastrophe has taken place over a period of three weeks in Esperance, about 450 miles southeast of Perth. The area was declared a disaster zone by government officials.
So far, authorities are clueless as to the cause. Autopsies on the birds have shed no light.
The main casualties, according to Australian news sources, are wattle birds, yellow-throated miners, new holland honeyeaters and singing honeyeaters. Some dead crows, hawks and pigeons have also been found.
Some birds were seen convulsing when they died.
Wildlife officers are baffled by what they characterize as a "catastrophic" event. It does not appear to be weather-related.
District nature conservation coordinator Mike Fitzgerald said: "It's very substantial. We estimate several thousand birds are dead, although we don't have a clear number because of the large areas of bushland."
Birds Australia, the nation's main bird conservation group, said it had not heard of a similar occurrence. "Not on that scale, and all at the same time, and also the fact that it's several different species," chief executive Graeme Hamilton said. "You'd have to call that a most unusual event and one that we'd all have to be concerned about."
Just yesterday, some 60 birds fell out of the sky in Austin, Texas, without explanation.
The incident prompted street closings for several hours.
Officials said they had tested the air for dangerous substances but found nothing, and they declared the area safe.
The dead birds – grackles, sparrows and pigeons – were being checked for avian flu, but officials said they saw no symptoms of the illness and believed it more likely they had been poisoned, possibly deliberately, or affected by near-freezing weather.
Dead Birds Fall From Sky in Ellis Hospital Parking Lot
July 28, 2006 08:26 PM CDT
ENCON is investigating an unusual situation that happened outside Ellis Hospital in Schenectady Thursday night.
It started around seven o'clock, when employees noticed dead birds falling in the parking lot and on nearby streets.
HAZMAT crews, ENCON officials and police were then called to the hospital to investigate.
Hospital officials tell NEWS10 they hired a licensed, professional extermination company to help them with a pigeon problem. And that company used corn feed laced with a common pesticide to kill the birds.
"The exterminator has applied a product called Avetrol to control the pigeons, that he was contracted by Ellis Hospital to do...and unfortunately no one else knew about this and the target species, which are the pigeons, ingested the Avetrol," says health official Jack Parisi.
We are told there is no health threat to anyone living in the area.
As a precaution, the parking lot and ER was shut down while crews investigated; but the hospital remained open during the incident.
Canada Geese Falling Out of the Sky in Oregon
February 4, 2005
>> Geese are literally falling from the sky in and around Keizer, and wildlife experts don't know why.
About 150 Canada geese were found dead Friday at a private pond off
Wheatland Road owned by Morse Bros. Rock Products in rural Marion
County. 30 or so other dead birds were discovered 3 months ago near Staats Lake, a private lake in Keizer….
Wildlife officials said that in recent weeks, large numbers of dead geese
also have been found in Monmouth and McMinnville. They don't know if the incidents are related….
There are a number of possibilities here, including Avian cholera <<
All three areas (Keizer, Manmouth, and McMinnville) are in the vicinity of Salem Oregon. Since the geese have been dying over an extended time period and extended region, infectious disease can't be ruled out. Canada geese falling out of the sky sounds remarkably like the pigeons falling out of the sky in Thailand and the suggestion of avian cholera sounds like the dead ducks in Vietnam.
The areas of the dead geese are relatively close to Vancouver, Canada, where there was an outbreak of H7N3 avian influenza last season.
It's now a new season with new sequences, so bird flu is a definite consideration.
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