- Thousands of birds died suddenly Friday night in two separate locations
- Experts suspect something panicked the birds into chaotic flight and crashes
- It’s possible New Year‘s Eve fireworks sparked one of the mass deaths
- Scientists call the scale of these deaths unusual, but not unprecedented
(CNN) — Some of the nation’s top experts Tuesday were looking for clues into sudden, mass deaths of birds in two states over New Year’s weekend.
“This one is unusual because of the time period over which so many birds died,” said LeAnn White, a field investigator with the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin. The center, part of the U.S. Geological Survey, is receiving samples from Arkansas, where as many as 5,000 red-winged blackbirds and starlings fell from the sky in a square-mile area in less than an hour on New Year’s Eve, according to the Arkansas Fish and Game Commission.
it is kind of creepy and spooky! glad it didn’t happen here in Australia!
- More mystery bird deaths reported in Louisiana (cnews.canoe.ca)
- Days after mass bird kill, another U.S. town reports hundreds of dead birds (theglobeandmail.com)
- Counting Dead Blackbirds: Conspiracy Theories Abound In Arkansas (politicsdaily.com)
- ‘Stress event’ blamed after birds rain from sky (msnbc.msn.com)