|Why Are Birds Falling From the Sky?
Thousands Of Birds And Fish Die Simultaneously Across the Country
Thousands Of Birds And Fish Die Simultaneously Across the Country.
Arkansas Game & Fish is trying to figure out why 100,000 fish in
Northwest Arkansas turned up dead. They were found along a 20-mile
stretch between the Ozark Dam and Highway 109 Bridge in Franklin County.
The 20-mile stretch along the Arkansas River where an estimated 100,000
drum fish were found washed ashore and floating looks much different
Keith Stephens with Game and Fish explains, "We got a call last
week from a tug boat operator that found the fish out on the river along
the bank, in the river channel and we immediately dispatched somebody
to the area to take a look."
Now multiple reports across the world are claiming thousands of birds are dropping dead from the skies.
Birds Falling from the Sky In Louisiana
Pointe Coupee Parish
Motorists stopped and gawked at hundreds of dead red-winged blackbirds
on a highway in Pointe Coupee Parish, La., Monday, just days after
residents of Beebe, Ark., saw more than 1,000 birds fall from the sky on
New Year's Eve.
On Monday, state biologists were gathering up some of
the approximately 500 blackbirds and starlings that lay dead along
Louisiana Route 1 near Pointe Coupee Central High School for testing.
The United States Geological Survey has noted 16 incidents in the past
30 years where more than 1,000 black birds have died at the same time,
usually the result of tightly-packed flocks flying into bad weather.
What's more, more than 5 billion birds die of natural causes in the
United States each year, so it is, in a way, unusual that Americans
don't witness more major bird kills.
Yet the use of improved testing and
a state of heightened concern on the parts of state ornithologists is a
proper response, even if the two bird kills had not come so close
together, experts say. "Birds can be really good indicators of
environmental problems, so I'd hate to think that 5,000 would die and
nobody would care," says Greg Butcher, director of bird conservation at
the National Audobon Society, in Washington.
"It's worth investigation
to find out what happened because there is potentially something we
should worry about and it's potentially something that has an odd, but
benign cause." Americans have theorized that everything from fallout
from secret government weapons testing to UFO collisions downed the
birds in Arkansas.
But the newly-discovered bird rain in Louisiana is
likely to focus more serious attention to the plight of blackbirds now
bundled in winter flocks that can number over 100,000 birds. Postmortem
tests of birds in the Arkansas incident showed evidence of blunt force
trauma to many of the victims, which Mr. Butcher says means that it's
likely the birds were spooked by New Year's Eve fireworks and may, in
mass confusion, have run into cars and houses.
Since blackbirds are
considered a nuisance by farmers, the mass death in Louisiana could be
attributable to a legal pest control effort. Pest control experts kill
blackbird roosts in several ways, including spraying water on birds to
induce hypothermia or by using legal poisons. Most such poisons work
quickly, but a botched control attempt could mean that birds may have
flown away from the roost and died nearby.
Mass bird & fish die-off leaves science baffled
Five thousand dead blackbirds rained from the sky on the first day of
the New Year in Arkansas. Then more dead birds fell in other states.
Then huge fish kills were discovered in multiple US waterways.
suddenly it became a worldwide phenomenon, with reports of mass die-offs
of birds and fish in Sweden, Britain, Japan, Thailand, Brazil and
Blogs connected the deadly dots, joking about the "aflockalypse"
while others saw real signs of something sinister, either biblical or
Religious bloggers loaded their sites with Bible verse,
Hosea 4:1-3: "The land dries up, and all who live in it waste away; the
beasts of the field, the birds in the sky and the fish in the sea are
Wildlife disease specialists say the die-offs can be caused
by disease or pollution, but at other times the cause remains a
mystery. Dr Scott Wright of the USGS said that, with the cases in
Arkansas, some sort of human activity could have "forced the birds off
their night-time roost, which is abnormal for these species".
from witness accounts that lots of folks heard very loud noises,
repeatedly, noises on the order of something like commercial fireworks,"
"These same folks saw birds...flying low across the ground and
smashing into their homes and cars and mailboxes and so forth." Dr John
Fischer, Director of the university's Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife
Disease Study said all the birds seem to have suffered the same fate of
"blunt force trauma", caused by flying into large, inanimate objects.
Dead Birds Fall from the Skies in the US and Sweden
Days after a number of dead birds appeared to fall from the sky in
America a similar event has happened in Sweden.
Tests are being carried
out in a bid to find out what happened.
Raining animals is a
rare meteorological phenomenon, although occurrences have been reported
from many countries throughout history.
One hypothesis that has been offered to explain this phenomenon is that
strong winds travelling over water sometimes pick up creatures such as
fish or frogs, and carry them for up to several miles.
However, this primary aspect of the phenomenon has never been witnessed
or scientifically tested. The animals most likely to drop from the sky
in a rainfall are fish, frogs and birds, in that order.
Sometimes the animals survive the fall, especially fish, suggesting the
animals are dropped shortly after extraction. Several witnesses of
raining frogs describe the animals as startled, though healthy, and
exhibiting relatively normal behavior shortly after the event. In some
incidents, however, the animals are frozen to death or even completely
encased in ice.
There are examples where the product of the rain is not intact animals,
but shredded body parts. Some cases occur just after storms having
strong winds, especially during tornadoes.
However, there have been many unconfirmed cases in which rainfalls of
animals have occurred in fair weather and in the absence of strong winds
or waterspouts. Rains of animals (as well as rains of blood or
blood-like material, and similar anomalies) play a central role in the
epistemological writing of Charles Fort, especially in his first book,
The Book of the Damned.
Fort collected stories of these events and used them both as evidence
and as a metaphor in challenging the claims of scientific explanation.
The English language idiom "it is raining cats and dogs", referring to a
heavy downpour, is of uncertain etymology, and there is no evidence
that it has any connection to the "raining animals" phenomenon.
2,000 Black Birds Fall from the Sky in Beebe Arkansas
Just before folks in Beebe rang in the New Year, many witnessed an
uncanny resemblance to the Hitchcock movie "The Birds."
black birds fell from the sky off Windwood Drive, leaving quite the mess to clean up.
French physicist André-Marie
Ampère was among the first scientists to take seriously accounts of
raining animals. He tried to explain rains of frogs with a hypothesis
that was eventually refined by other scientists.
Speaking in front of the Society of Natural Sciences, Ampère suggested
that at times frogs and toads roam the countryside in large numbers, and
that the action of violent winds can pick them up and carry them great
More recently, a scientific explanation for the phenomenon has been
developed that involves tornadic waterspouts. Waterspouts are capable of
capturing objects and animals and lifting them into the air. Under this
theory, waterspouts or tornados transport animals to relatively high
altitudes, carrying them over large distances.
The winds are capable of carrying the animals over a relatively wide
area and allow them to fall in a concentrated fashion in a localized
area. More specifically, some tornadoes can completely suck up a pond,
letting the water and animals fall some distance away in the form of a
rain of animals.
This hypothesis appears supported by the type of animals in these rains:
small and light, usually aquatic. It is also supported by the fact that
the rain of animals is often preceded by a storm. However the theory
does not account for how all the animals involved in each individual
incident would be from only one species, and not a group of
similarly-sized animals from a single area.
to scientists, massive die offs of animals are not unusual in nature
and happen for a variety of reasons including bad weather, disease
outbreaks and poisonings, with pollution and climate change adding to
the stresses on wildlife. Russian scientist Afanasiy Ilich Tobonov
researched mass animal deaths in the 1990's and concluded that the mass
deaths of birds and wildlife in the Sakha Republic were noted only along
the flight paths of space rockets.
In the case of birds, storms may overcome a flock in
flight, especially in times of migration. These events may occur easily
with birds in flight. In contrast, it is harder to find a plausible
explanation for rains of terrestrial animals; the enigma persists
despite scientific studies.
The following list includes the latest mass death of animals:
- Thousands of drum fish washed ashore along a 20-mile stretch of the Arkansas River
- 450 red-winged blackbirds, brown-headed cowbirds, grackles and starlings found dead along a highway in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- 3,000 blackbirds on roofs and roads in the small town of Beebe, Arkansas
- Thousands of 'devil crabs' washed up along the Kent coast near Thanet
- Two million small fish in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland
- Thousands of dead fish found floating in warm Florida creek
- Hundreds of dead snapper fish washed ashore in New Zealand
- 200 of American Coots were found dead on a Texas highway bridge
- Hundreds of pelicans found dead near Jacksonville, North Carolina
- 8000 turtle doves were found dead in Northern
Italy with a strange blue stain on their beaks (blue stains are
generally a sign of a lack of oxygen which could be due to altitude
- 100 jackdaws were found dead in Falkoeping, Sweden
deaths of red-winged black birds are just some of the multiple reports
of mass deaths of animals that have occurred recently around the world.
Many people have theories as to why these mass deaths are occurring throughout the world.
These theories include:
- North pole shift
- According to recent scientific reports the north pole is shifting
towards Russia. This shift has been occurring at a more rapid rate of 40
miles per year from the Canadian Arctic territory to Russia in Siberia.
If the current rate of shift continues it will reach Siberia in 50
years, but it is expected to slow its current rate.
This pole shift is
so drastic that airports in Tampa, Florida are scrambling to make
changes. Within the 20th century the north magnetic pole has shifted 684
miles in total. The cataclysmic pole shift hypothesis is the conjecture
that there have been rapid shifts in the relative positions of the
modern-day geographic locations of the poles and the axis of rotation of
For the Earth, such a dynamic change could create calamities
such as floods and tectonic events.
- Fireworks - It has been suggested that
fireworks that may have been used in the celebration of the new year
could be blamed for the recent death of birds throughout the world. This
theory basically suggests that it created a mass panic with the birds
and it would be possible that the birds died of trauma.
- Disease - It has been speculated that some
type of disease may have caused the mass death of animals recently.
Disease would be able to kill off a certain species which in turn may
not affect another species.
- Rapid temperature changes - Rapid changes
in temperature have been suggested which could explain why many fish
have been dying recently. This rapid drop in temperature would create
mass death in fish. Basically the super-chilled water would reduce the
effectiveness of the gill cell membranes to regulate the salt intake of
the fish. Salt then enters the fish at toxic levels and the fish would
die of dehydration.
- Poison - Theories of animals being
poisoned have been suggested. Certain poisons can react quickly and
cause mass death to animals. Pesticides would be the likely poison in
- Weather Phenomena - Some people have
suggested that lightning may be the cause to the mass deaths of birds
and possibly large hail could be the reason. Another theory has
suggested strong winds or possibly a funnel cloud may have caused the
- HAARP - Some claim that the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program may be responsible for the mass deaths.
- Normal - Some experts claim that mass die-offs such as this are not unusual at all in nature and that mass deaths are very common in species that travel in groups.
Note: The latest test results that was conducted on
the thousands of blackbirds in Arkansas was caused by "Blunt force
trauma. In most instances, such traumatic injuries in wild birds are due
flying into stationary objects such as trees, houses, windows, power
lines, towers, etc."
"The tests ruled out bacteria, viruses,
heavy metals, pesticides and avicides (chemicals used to kill birds) as
causes of death," the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission stated.