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Whats your take on it

January 19th, 2011, 05:15 PM
Not to start up apocolyptic debates or anything, one cant help wonder whats going on?
The birds, the fish and now the cows?
Is it due to the polar shift?
Whats your take on these strange occurances?

January 19th, 2011, 05:22 PM
Jackdaws in Sweden

Black birds

Crabs in England

January 19th, 2011, 06:57 PM
Some of my links aren't working, you have to search "animal deaths" in the search options in the first one.

January 19th, 2011, 07:02 PM
Try the google map thing,
you can click on the pin points and it will tell you what was found there

January 19th, 2011, 07:51 PM
ah, my gooodness! i have been reading about these, i think it just the craziest thing. I really hope they are able to find out what is killing these animals. Its really weird because they are different types of animals but only single species.

January 19th, 2011, 08:01 PM
And in such random places.
General conclusion I have read was the change in the polar shift.

I dont know if I would contribute it to that or not but it sure is interesting to get you thinking

January 19th, 2011, 10:03 PM
Here it was some sort of waxwing. A whole bunch dead about a week ago. I didn't even know they wintered here.
I hate to say it, but what I think it was, is a natural occurance that no one ever paid attention to until it happened on a slow news day.
Then all of a sudden, everyone is noticing it.
Of course I'm not a scientist, and that's just a guess.

January 20th, 2011, 03:38 PM
These kinds of events happen all the time--and in winter, are often single-species or just involve a few species. What caught the media's attention this year was the large number of red-winged blackbirds in that first event. But remember that birds, for the most part, don't see well at night. Also, in winter, they tend to form large single-species flocks. Scare them off their roosts in the dark and they're flying blind--they can't see well enough to avoid the buildings, trees, etc. that are in their way. Panicked flight is fast--and hit a branch or building or other structure at those speeds and the impact is likely to be fatal to a thin-boned bird. So until someone comes up with toxicology that shows they died of some poison, it's not something I'd worry about. Because that event was so large and the birds fell on a town and therefore were noticed, the media picked up on it and have continued reporting on every new event, no matter how small.

There were bird kills numbering in the 10s of thousands in Milwaukee when I lived there--the migrating birds are taken out by TV and communication towers every year. But the media doesn't report it most of the time because it's 'normal'. :frustrated:

Similarly, fish kills are very common in winter--the ice interferes with oxygen transfer and the fish essentially suffocate. :( It happens a lot, but doesn't get reported--because it happens a lot. :shrug:

As for the cows, that happened fairly close to here and they'll likely report what the cause was once they've determined it. It'll be a while before the necropsy reports come back, but if I hear anything, I'll try to remember to update.

But IMO, none of it (except the cows) is's just that this year the media has chosen to report it. :shrug:

January 20th, 2011, 05:46 PM
I agree with Hazel I am pretty sure if the media made sure to let us know of every mass die off around the world we would be running around like chicken little. The die offs have grabbed media attention and fuel a few conspiracy theories, I wouldn't look far beyond that unless patters become apparent.