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Our Strange Sky: Fish Gotta Swim. Birds Gotta DIE!

While backtracking on old news we’d like to file in the ‘that’s odd’ or ‘wtf’ mental file cabinet we discovered there’s a lot of large groups of animals falling dead from the skies or ceasing to swim in the lakes/seas.

About 5,000 red-winged blackbirds fall from the sky in Arkansas
Around the beginning of 2011, this happened:

“It’s important to understand that a sick bird can’t fly. So whatever happened to these birds happened very quickly,” Rowe told CNN Radio on Sunday.

“Something must have caused these birds to flush out of the trees at night, where they’re normally just roosting and staying in the treetops … and then something got them out of the air and caused their death and then they fell to earth,” Rowe added.

Rowe confirmed her theory in the USA Today.

It was someone shooting off professional grade fireworks in a residential district, scaring the night-blind birds out of their roost into a 25-mph flight that ran them into houses, signs and even the ground, says Karen Rowe, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission ornithologist.

“They were bouncing off houses, basketball backboards, trucks,” she says.

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In addition, neighbors were also setting off fireworks and bottle rockets, which further confused the birds who were now madly trying to get back to their safe perches, Rowe says.

“I talked to individuals who were outside when the birds started crashing into things,” she says.After the birds took flight they would have been completely disoriented and flying at a high rate of speed, “most likely about 25 mph, given my experience with their cousins, the tricolored blackbird,” Meese says.

They would have flown up into the air, then back down looking for a safe place to roost.

“This rapid descent of living birds crashing into these multiple obstacles then caused the loud noises reported by the residents of Beebe, especially those that flew into rooftops or walls of houses,” Meese says. “This also accounts for the blunt force trauma to the breasts.”

That’s it people. It was just a massive amount of birds disturbed from their sleep by drunk humans. Not aliens. Not black helicopters. No sonic booms.

Although we admit to wanting to believe @LeeCamp’s theory.

via yahoo news, cnn, usa today

Dozens of drunken birds fall dead from alcohol poisoning in Romania

They alerted authorities, fearing the birds had died from avian flu.

But local veterinary officials decided the starlings had died after eating grape ‘marc’ – the leftovers from the wine-making process.

Well that was simple.

via bbc

Huffington Post creates mega-post on dead birds and other animals
We’ll resist falling into rampant hyperbole like the HP. We’ll simply point to their link.

via huff post

Hundreds of birds found dead near I-65

The birds were found by motorists in the early morning hours about 4 miles south of Athens on the shoulder of I-65, near the Brown’s Ferry Road exit.

via waaytv

What can we learn from all this?
All of these mass wildlife deaths point to the simple fact that Arkansas Game and Fish Commission ornithologist Karen Rowe was correct in this assumption.

But it’s taught Rowe that she and other wildlife experts need to do a better job of educating the public about the fact that wild animals die all the time. A bird that manages to hatch and leave the nest still has only a 70% chance of making it to its first birthday, she points out.

“Birds don’t go to the bird hospital and get put on life support and die there. They just die. Mother Nature is not a nice lady,” she says.

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Albertville Man Finds Baby Falcons on Shed, Streams them Live on Internet

Jay Mostella noticed earlier this week that a falcon had made a nest in his shed. He found that two of the three babies had fallen behind a pole, and were unable to get out or be fed. Mostella did some quick research and decided to step in to help.

Mostella pulled the babies out of the hole and hand-fed them worms, because they didn’t have enough strength to stand on their own. After feeding the babies, he and his family put them back in the nest. Mostella then set up a live webcam so he could watch them and see if the mother returned to care for them. She did, and so did the father.

He’s not doing this for money so in effort to save bandwidth exclusively for those willing to watch, we’re not embedding the video here. You can follow any of the links below and get your fill of nature in the raw.

via WHNT

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Bird Plots Against Science, Drops Bread in the LHC

By now you know the story of the bread, the bird and the Large Hadron Collider.

The bird dropped some bread on a section of outdoor machinery, eventually leading to significant over heating in parts of the accelerator. The LHC was not operational at the time of the incident, but the spike produced so much heat that had the beam been on, automatic failsafes would have shut down the machine.

What you may have missed is The Future Sabotage of the LHC theory where it is proposed that the Higgs Boson does not want to be found.

And long before that the Super-Fear of Hadron Super Collider, Silly, Won’t Die wherein some worry that daring to turn on the LHC will doom this Earth to being a Black Hole’s dinner.

From these meager scraps of super science-y notions we’ve managed to piece together the grander scheme. Here, faithful reader, is the rest of the story*:
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