Over a thousand dead birds fall from the sky in Arkansas

Wildlife officials are trying to determine what caused more than 1,000 black birds to die and fall from the sky over an Arkansas town.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said Saturday that it began receiving reports about the dead birds about 11:30 p.m. the previous night. The birds fell over a 1-mile area of Beebe, and an aerial survey indicated that no other dead birds were found outside of that area.

Commission ornithologist Karen Rowe said the birds showed physical trauma, and she speculated that “the flock could have been hit by lightning or high-altitude hail.”

The commission said that New Year’s Eve revelers shooting off fireworks in the area could have startled the birds from their roost and caused them to die from stress.

Robby King, a wildlife officer for the agency, collected about 65 dead birds, which will be sent for testing to the state Livestock and Poultry Commission lab and the National Wildlife Health Center lab in Madison, Wis.

Rowe said that similar events have occurred elsewhere and that test results “usually were inconclusive.” She said she doubted the birds were poisoned.

From Strange News Article – Arizona News | My Connection from Cox.

I’m sure there are many conspiracy theorists going crazy about this, saying things like “Aliens poisoned them,” “An alien spaceship flew by and gave each of them a heart attack,” “The chemtrailing made too many clouds and they all slammed into each other head-to-head!!”

You’d think if the birds were “hit by lightning or high altitude hail” we could tell just by looking at them.  Do they look burnt?  Are they bashed up?

I wonder if birds actually die from stress just because of fireworks.  I’m sure if I had no clue what fireworks were then I would be a little stressed out when I saw them blowing up in the sky, but could that kill something?  Are birds even intelligent enough to notice it’s out of the ordinary for fireworks to be in the sky?

Anyway, those were just the questions I asked when I read this article.  I’m waiting for a conclusion.


Posted on January 2, 2011, in Other and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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