Massive Death Connections PT1
Unpredicted weather and many other occurrences are happening all around the world, and have been for several years but are seemingly getting to the destructive points of having less food and water as a result.
The points I would like to make here is something that a dear friend pointed out to me, we are having issues around the world with our plants, animals and fish with a exponentially increase that cannot be explained without bringing phenomena into the equation. And the ultimate phenomena in this equation would be GOD! These things happening are as a result of GOD being very angry at man, and this is all predicted in the Bible. There are many mysteries where GOD is concerned and we will never know all things related to GOD until we go to meet our Creator. The mysteries explained in this article will be theoretical, of course! For NO ONE knows all the Truths, But GOD.
Not only is it following a pattern but the pattern GOD set down millenniums ago upon this Earth in an order revealed to us in the Bible, and hopefully I can shed some light on this. I only hope to do justice to what GOD has revealed.
For the last eighty years, astronomers have been making increasingly accurate measurements of two important cosmological parameters: Ho – the rate at which the universe expands – and the average density of matter in the universe. Knowledge of both of these parameters will tell which of the three models describes the universe we live in, and thus the ultimate fate of our universe.
A retracting universe was kicked around for awhile and given the name “The Big Crunch”. That eventually, it would shrink back to a singularity and the whole process, starting with the Big Bang would begin again.
It was once believed that the universe would stop expanding and collapse in onto itself, but with the discovery of dark energy, scientists believe that physics do not apply here because the universe has been accelerating, not slowing down as once thought. And dark energy seems to the driving force behind this expansion.
But this energy force is doing just the opposite here on Earth, and if it is related to outside influences due to electromagnetic forces from other planets/stars, it is not known…or at least not known to the general public. What seems to be happening is a dying off, and it could certainly be due to the effects mankind has had on this planet.
From 1998-2007, in the Integrated Crop Management website of IASTATE.EDU reveals deteriorating crops due to wind damage among other theories of moisture stress, grey leaf spot, and nitrogen loss. Then the next articles on the list is Wheat scab(2004), then Soybean diseases(2004), corn ear rots(2004), and more of the same happening again in 2007 with the same crops.
The Disappearing Bee Theory is one that many beekeepers have discussed for several years now with the disappearances beginning in late 2006. It began as far back as 1972, but the dramatic reduction in 2006 became a solid disturbance in the bee community. The phenomena was observed in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain, and initial reports coming from Switzerland and Germany too. Being termed, Colony Collapse Disorder” it became a worldwide concern. By the 1990’s the collapse was factored at 17%-20%, with significant losses spiraling into other areas. Considering it is many years later and only speculations are still being had, it is still considered inconclusive. The one factor I would like to lean towards are genetically modified crops (GMO) which produce the natural insecticide Bt toxin, which is hypothesized to affect bees. Another strange consideration would be electromagnetic radiation, with the effects of radio frequency (RF) on honey bees it is suggested that when bee hives have DEVT cordless phone base stations embedded in them, the close-range electromagnetic field (EMF) may reduce the ability of the bees to return to their hives, and also a slight reduction in honeycomb weight was noticed. These facts are interesting considering these effects could be having the same resulting factors on other species of creatures.
In January 2007, in the DAILYMAIL.CO.UK online news there was a story of how it could be a plot of a horror film, but in two towns on opposite sides of the world, the mysterious phenomenon of thousands of birds were just dropping out of the sky. Officials were baffled at how these deaths in Esperance, Australia and in Austin Texas United States, were happening. Being called a catastrophic event with the thousands of birds dead, it was never really solved as to how they all died. Only speculative information was ever given.
British Petroleum (BP) Oil uses vessels to clean up petroleum spills or pollution slicks, one being the “DRACONE” barge, which was given the name as it was the nearest word in Greek for a mythical monster such as a sea serpent, but the monster it is known to be today will forever remain in United States citizens memories.
It’s reputation preceded itself with illegal dumping of hazardous wastes on the Alaska North Slope, for which the company was fined $22 million dollars, $500,000 criminal fine, $6.5 million in civil penalties. But then in 2010, two weeks prior to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a deepwater explosion happen in which BP admitted that malfunctioning equipment lead to the release of over 530,000 lbs of chemicals into the air of Texas City and surrounding areas on April 6 – May 16th. The leak included 17,000 pounds of Benzene (a known carcinogen), 37,000 pounds of nitrogen oxides (which contribute to respiratory problems), and 186,000 pounds of carbon monoxide.
On 20 April 2010, the semi-submersible exploratory offshore drilling rig Deep Water horizon exploded after a blowout; it sank two days later, killing 11 people. This blowout in the Macondo Prospect field in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in a partially capped oil well one mile below the surface of the water. The exact rate of barrels per day gushing into the Gulf was immeasurable, although they’d like us to think differently. This spill threatened the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, and Florida along with all the occupants of these areas. Not only did it affect people, but sea creatures, underwater life forms, including plants, along with the wildlife, and lands of the coastal areas, as well. The amount of damage was insufferable and it’s toll was taken for decades or even centuries to come.
With this in mind one must put into account the devastation it took on our Earth, considering the fact that it even stopped the currents of the oceans, maybe that fact along with all the massive amounts of chemicals pumped into the ocean gives us a mental image of just how deep involved this event was. No one can say for sure but this may be partially the reasoning for all the die-off occurring in those areas even now, but what about everywhere else?
Reminiscent of the movie, “The Birds” by Alfred Hitchcock, only this time it wasn’t the people dying it was the birds themselves. All over the globe, bird are literally dropping out of the sky. Alarmingly this event did not just stop with fish, it has continued onto the animals.
The deaths began with drum fish, with an estimated 100,000 bottom feeders began floating to the surface on December 30, 2010, in the Beebe Arkansas river, then 500 redwing blackbirds just started falling out of the skies along a stretch of highway between New Roads and Morganza, Louisiana on Monday, January 3rd 2011. IN Italy, thousands of turtle doves rained down from the skies onto the streets of Faenza, around 30 miles SE of Bologna. The shores of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland were littered with the carcasses of two million fish. Coromandel beaches on the North Island of New Zealand were suddenly covered with dead snappers on January 4. Boaters reported seeing “a carpet of floating fish further out to sea all along the coast.
As you skim these events, it’s one thing to be saddened by these deaths, but please keep in mind the connections of them all. It seems New Zealand is a very curious area considering the number of events. Also I will include the map of all the HAARPS, because we just don’t know for certain what is causing this but the correlations between the locations leave one to ponder it’s placement.
Also, the MOST important thing to note is the PROCESSION in which these events take place. In what ORDER did GOD make all these creatures & us? Notice any similarities?
More mass animal deaths see thousands of fish found floating in Florida and 200 birds dead on Texas bridge.
Thousands of fish found floating in Florida after cold snap.
200 birds found dead on highway bridge in Texas.
50 dead jackdaws found on city street in Sweden.
100 tons of sardines, croaker and catfish wash up dead on Brazilian coast.
Hundreds of fish dead in New Zealand.
And in Britain, 40,000 devil crabs join a list of casualties.
In another bizarre incident thousands of gizzard shad turn up dead in Chicago lakefronts.
January 14th, 2011 a number of cows (approx. 200) are found dead in Stockton, Wisconsin.
Nov 16th, 2010-Melbourne-Australia’s worst locust plague in 70 years has marched into metropolitan Melbourne as federal and state authorities met to consider their plan of attack.
Nov 28th, 2010-Indonesia-Five endangered Sumatran elephants have been found dead in Indonesia, and conservationists said Sunday that they suspect farmers poisoned the animals to stop them from damaging crops. The elephants – four females and one male all under the age of 5 – were found dead late Friday in Riau province on Sumatra island, said Edi Susanto, a government conservationist. Susanto suspects that owners of nearby palm oil plantations used cyanide to poison the animals, which are known for damaging crops. He said an investigation is under way and samples from the dead elephants have been sent for analysis. “We have told the district heads in Riau province to ban farmers from tending crops in the woods where the elephants search for food,” Susanto said. Only 3,000 Sumatran elephants are believed to remain in the wild, a number that dwindles each year with poaching and killing by farmers angry over crop losses.
Nov 30th, 2010-World Oceans-Australian scientists fear the planet is on the brink of another mass extinction as ocean dead zones continue to grow in size and number. More than 400 ocean dead zones – areas so low in oxygen that sea life cannot survive – have been reported by oceanographers around the world between 2000 and 2008. That is compared with 300 in the 1990s and 120 in the 1980s. Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS) and from the University of Queensland, says there is growing evidence that declining oxygen levels in the ocean have played a major role in at least four of the planet’s five mass extinctions. “Until recently the best hypothesis for them was a meteor strike,” he said. “So 65 million years ago they’ve got very good evidence … all the dinosaurs died because of smoke and stuff in the atmosphere from a meteor strike. “But with the four other mass extinction events, one of the best explanations now is that these periods were preceded by an increase of volcanic activity, and that volcanic activity caused a change in ocean circulation.
Dec 1st, 2010-Florida USA-Low levels of mercury in the diet of male white ibises cause the birds to mate with each other rather than with females. As a result many of the females can’t breed, and fewer chicks are produced. It’s the first time a pollutant has been found to change an animal’s sexual preference. Many chemicals can “feminise” males or reduce fertility, but males affected in these ways still prefer females. Mercury is extremely toxic, particularly in the form of methylmercury, which reduces breeding in wild birds by disrupting their parenting behaviours.
Dec 2nd, 2010-Australia-Millions of locusts forming part of the biggest swarm to threaten Victoria in decades is about to enter the state, placing farmers and motorists at risk. The swarm, 25 kilometres wide and at least one kilometre deep, was in the Hay and Conargo region of New South Wales yesterday afternoon and travelling south-west. With Echuca and Swan Hill less than 200 kilometres away it was expected they would start arriving there overnight or this morning.
Dec 3rd, 2010-New Zealand-Scientists are trying to determine the cause of a mystery illness hitting oyster stocks on North Island farms.
Dec 9th, 2010- Santa Cruz, California USA-Where once many tens of thousands of monarchs would spend each winter, there are now less than 5,000.
Dec 10th, 2010-Florida-Unusually cold weather last winter killed Florida’s endangered manatees at a record rate, a report said on Friday. During 2010, a record 699 manatees have died in Florida, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Research Institute. Of those, 244 were attributed to cold weather and many of the 271 undetermined deaths were also likely caused by weather. In most years, the leading cause of manatee deaths is from collisions with power boats. The latest surveys estimate there are only about 5,000 of the chubby marine mammals left in Florida waters. “We are very concerned about the unusually high number of manatee deaths this year,” Gil McRae, the director of the institute, said in a statement. “The cold-related deaths this past winter emphasize the importance of warm weather habitat to the Florida manatee.” The previous record of 429 manatee deaths was set in 2009 but only 56 of those were caused by cold weather.
Dec 13th, 2010-Coasta Rica-Scientists in Costa Rica are studying the death of at least 10 and 12 more ailing turtles in the southern zone. Universidad Nacional (UN) told the press that the environmental organization MarVia found the 22 turtles floating near Matapalo beach. Ten of the Kemp’s Ridley turtles died within days of bringing them to shore and biologists and veterinarians have no idea of what caused their deaths. According to Widecast Network, this occurs when creatures have been floating adrift in the water for a prolonged period. Widecast diretor, Claudio Quesada, told the La Nación that the turtles could have been at sea for more than two months, as they showed dehydration and lack of feeding for weeks.
Dec 13th, 2010-Pacific Ocean-The skin and blubber of sperm whales from across the Pacific Ocean carry evidence of exposure to a class of toxic pollutants, with whales living around the Galapagos Islands showing the strongest signs of exposure, according to a new study. “This is the first time this kind of pollution study has been done on a whole ocean level using a threatened species as a sentinel species,” said Celine Godard-Codding, the lead researcher and an environmental toxicologist at Texas Tech University. Sperm whales can live up to 70 years, feeding on squid, fish and octopus. Males of the species can grow up to 60 feet (18 meters) long. As large, long-lived carnivores, they can accumulate pollutants in their body fat.
December 22nd, 2010-New Zealand-Large numbers of penguins and other seabirds are dying of starvation on New Zealand beaches because of a La Nina climate pattern affecting the nation this year, the government said. Dead birds have started washing up on the nation’s North Island after calmer seas made it harder for them to find food, Department of Conservation vet Kate McInnes said in a statement. There could be thousands of deaths over the summer due to the weather event, the statement said. The bird deaths are the latest natural shocks in New Zealand to be blamed on environmental factors. Scientists said that a bacterial disease that started spreading through kiwifruit orchards in November was likely awakened by weather conditions. Earlier this month, the government said that Pacific oysters in the North Island were being killed by a herpes virus triggered by warmer sea temperatures.
Dec 26th, 2010- Gulf of Mexico USA-Thousands of dead starfish that littered a beach near Charleston last weekend are the first signs of what might become a disastrous winter for coastal sea life. They died because water was chilled to a lethal temperature by frigid weather earlier this month. With coastal waters already hovering near critical lows, biologists worry there might be a mass die-off of shrimp, sea trout and red drum as the season turns cold again. William Gay, owner of Port Royal Seafood, said he has heard Beaufort crab trappers talk about dead shrimp showing up in their crab pots, but said the cold water hasn’t yet affected his business. S.C. Department of Natural Resources biologists also heard reports of stunned red drum and sea trout. Though Beaufort County is only about 50 miles south of the starfish die-off, water temperatures have been a bit warmer, and the extra warmth has helped. “It still gets a lot colder there than it does here,” said Larry Toomer, owner of Bluffton Oyster Co. “I don’t see any signs that would say it’s damaged anything or killed anything so far.”
Dec 27th, 2010-New England- There’s a new twist in the mysterious case of a disease that’s killing thousands of bats in New England. Bats living in several old military bunkers in New Hampshire are not being affected by white nose syndrome. Scientists hope to monitor temperature and humidity levels to try and determine why the bats seem to be immune.
Dec 27th, 2010-USA-Eleven species of wild pollinators in the United States have turned up carrying some of the viruses known to menace domestic honeybees, possibly picked up via flower pollen. Most of these native pollinators haven’t been recorded with honeybee viruses before, according to Diana Cox-Foster of Pennsylvania State University in University Park. The new analysis raises the specter of diseases swapping around readily among domestic and wild pollinators, Cox-Foster and her colleagues report online Dec. 22 in PLoS ONE. Gone are any hopes that viral diseases in honeybees will stay in honeybees, she says. “Movement of any managed pollinator may introduce viruses.” A pattern showed up in the survey that fits that unpleasant scenario. Researchers tested for five viruses in pollinating insects and in their pollen hauls near apiaries in Pennsylvania, New York and Illinois. Israeli acute parasitic virus showed up in wild pollinators near honeybee installations carrying the disease but not near apiaries without the virus.
Dec 28th, 2010-Haiti-Authorities near the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic are investigating the mysterious death of scores of fish in a lake. Environmental officials are testing samples, while the government tries to allay fears that it is linked to a deadly cholera epidemic. Michel Chancy, the Haitian Agriculture Minister, said: “At this time we cannot connect this problem with cholera. Cholera affects people, not fish. The fish don’t have anything to do with cholera. Something else caused this problem. It could be something toxic, a disease.”
Dec 29th, 2010-Increased solar activity could give residents of the continental U.S., southern Europe and Japan the chance to see the northern lights for the first time in several years. The National Weather Service’s Space Weather Prediction Center says the sun is entering a period of high activity, marked by more sunspots and a greater chance of a coronal mass ejection, or CME, hitting the Earth. That would result in auroras being visible much further from the poles than they usually are. A CME is essentially a blast of charged particles (mostly protons and electrons) that speeds outward. Most of them pass by and humans never notice, but occasionally the Earth is in the way. When that happens, the particles – enough to weigh as much as a small asteroid — hit the Earth’s magnetic field and get trapped. They then are pushed at high speeds to the polar regions, where they hit the atoms of oxygen and nitrogen in the atmosphere and ionize them. The atoms release energy as light and form the aurora borealis, or northern lights. (The same thing happens in the southern hemisphere, where it is called the aurora australis). That is why the closer to the poles you are, the better chance you have of seeing the auroras.
December 30th, 2010-Arizona USA-Arizona Game and Fish officials are a few steps closer to unraveling the mystery behind the death of 69 bats under an east-side bridge even as more are found dead. Another dozen bats were found dead Tuesday and Wednesday under a bridge on East Speedway where the road crosses the Pantano Wash. Rabies has been eliminated as a cause of death after three bats found under the bridge Monday morning tested negative for the disease, said Mark Hart, a spokesman for the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Test results came back Wednesday morning. It could be a week or more before the department receives the results of testing for white-nose syndrome, but officials say it is unlikely Tucson bats acquired the fungal infection. First documented in upstate New York in 2006, the syndrome has killed millions of bats in the East and has spread as far west as Oklahoma.
December 30th, 2010-Arkansas, USA-Roseville — The Arkansas Department of Health is advising people fishing near the Roseville Community Boat Ramp on the Arkansas River not to eat any of the dead fish that are floating in the water in that area. The Department of Health said several thousands of drum fish have been killed and are lining the bank of the Arkansas River near the Roseville community. The fish line a stretch of the bank about a mile long. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality are investigating the situation in an effort to determine the cause. Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality investigator Travis Harmon said inspectors have considered a toxic dump and low oxygen levels but have nearly ruled out both.
December 30th, 2010-Victoria, British Columbia – Horrified nature-lovers at Goldstream Provincial Park watched as the Goldstream River turned bright green late Wednesday afternoon. The fluorescent green coloring appeared to start about 500 meters on the Victoria side of the entrance to the park and, over the course of an hour, the substance flowed down into the environmentally sensitive estuary. By 5:30 p.m. the river, known for its dramatic salmon runs, eagles and other wildlife, was back to its normal color.
Jan 1st, 2011- Beebe Arkansas USA-Friday night, ringing in the New Year took on a whole different meaning for the citizens of Beebe. Around 11:30 p.m., enforcement officers with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission began getting reports of dead black birds falling from the sky in the city limits of Beebe. Officers estimated that most of the birds were dead, but some were still alive when officers arrived. The blackbirds fell over a one-mile area in the city. AGFC wildlife officer Robby King responded to the reports and found hundreds of birds. “Shortly after I arrived there were still birds falling from the sky,” King said. King collected about 65 dead birds that will be sent to the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission lab and the National Wildlife Health Center lab in Madison, Wisconsin. The AGFC has flown over the area to gauge the scope of the event. There were no other birds found outside of the initial area.
Jan 1st, 2011-Sarasota – Dolphins are beautiful creatures, but mysterious, and perhaps no mystery is greater than why each year a small number of dolphins beach themselves, usually fatally. Now a Mote Marine scientist thinks he has found at least part of the answer: Deaf dolphins. Randy Wells, who helped author a study about dolphin strandings, said most dolphins that beach themselves have at least partial hearing loss. The answer isn’t as surprising as it seems, Wells said. “These animals live in an environment where they can’t see very far, just because it’s water and it’s often times murky. “So sound is a crucial player in their lives.” So crucial, Wells says, that a dolphin with hearing problems will find it almost impossible to find food, to stay with other dolphins in their pod and to keep their sense of direction Wells, David Mann with the University of South Florida and 14 other researchers studied numerous cases of dolphin strandings. To test their hearing, they used the same basic hearing tests doctors use on infants.
Jan 2nd, 2011-South America-Thousands of birds fall from the sky.
Jan 2nd, 2011-Beebe Arkansas, USA-Just before folks in Beebe rang in the New Year, many witnessed an uncanny resemblance to the Hitchcock movie The Birds. About 2,000 black birds fell from the sky off Windwood Drive, leaving quite the mess to clean up. Folks Today’s THV spoke with initially thought the birds were poisoned because they are what they call a nuisance around this time every year, but they are surprised to hear it is more of a mystery. Stephen Bryant recalls, “Millions, millions fly over every night. You look up at the sky and it’s just black and then last night at about 10:30 I came out here and saw a bird drop.” In a matter of hours on New Years Eve thousands of birds fell from the sky to their death.
Environmental service workers finished picking up the carcasses on Sunday of about 2,000 red-winged blackbirds that fell dead from the sky in a central Arkansas town. Mike Robertson, the mayor in Beebe, told The Associated Press the last dead bird was removed about 11 a.m. Sunday in the town about 40 miles northeast of Little Rock. He said 12 to 15 workers, hired by the city to do the cleanup, wore environmental-protection suits for the task. The birds had fallen Friday night over a 1-mile area of Beebe, and an aerial survey indicated that no other dead birds were found outside of that area. The workers from U.S. Environmental Services started the cleanup Saturday. Robertson said the workers wore the suits as a matter of routine and not out of fear that the birds might be contaminated. He said speculation on the cause is not focusing on disease or poisoning. Several hundred thousand red-winged blackbirds have used a wooded area in the town as a roost for the past several years, he said. Robertson and other officials went to the roost area over the weekend and found no dead birds on the ground.
Jan 2nd. 2011-India-The mysterious death of more than 30 heads of cattle in Velur and Mudhur panchayats in Arakkonam taluk in the last week has sparked panic among farmers in the locality. Though an anthrax attack rumoured to have caused the death of the animals in the two panchayats, officials attached to the department of animal husbandry have denied this. Milch animals, including goats and cows, in Velur, Velurpettai, Mudhur and its hamlets have been dying in quick succession over the last 10-15 days. The total deaths livestock due to the mysterious disease has crossed 30, according to the villagers. Claiming that 24 cows and 11 goats had died in Velur and Mudhur panchayats in the last one-and-a-half weeks, they said 16 cows had died in Veeranarayanapuram village recently. The animals had stopped consuming fodder and their stomachs had started to bloat two days before the death. They did not move and were found frothing at the mouth just hours before the death, said the villagers. The sudden death of the animals has left farmers, who depend on them for their livelihood, worried. With the cause of death still remaining a mystery, the farmers are clueless on how to protect their animals.
Jan 3rd, 2011-Update-Arkansas game officials hope testing scheduled to begin Monday will solve the mystery of why up to 5,000 birds fell from the sky just before midnight New Year’s Eve. The birds — most of which were dead — were red-winged blackbirds and starlings, and they were found within a one-mile area of Beebe, about 40 miles northeast of Little Rock, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said. Birds fell over about a one-mile area, the commission said in a statement. As of Saturday, between 4,000 and 5,000 birds had been found dead, said Keith Stephens with the commission. “Shortly after I arrived, there were still birds falling from the sky,” said commission wildlife officer Robby King in the statement. He said he collected about 65 dead birds. The commission said it flew over the area to gauge the scope of the event, and no birds were found outside of the initial one-mile area. Karen Rowe, an ornithologist for the commission, said the incident is not that unusual and is often caused by a lightning strike or high-altitude hail. A strong storm system moved through the state earlier in the day Friday. “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. Officials also speculated that fireworks shot by New Year’s revelers in the area might have caused severe stress in the birds. Rowe said Sunday there was evidence that large fireworks may have played a role. “Initial examinations of a few of the dead birds showed trauma. Whether or not this trauma was from the force of hitting the ground when they fell or from something that contacted them in the air, we don’t know,” Rowe said. The dead birds will be sent for testing to labs at the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission and the National Wildlife Health Center in Wisconsin. The necropsies will begin Monday, Stephens said, and the findings should be available sometime this week. The city of Beebe has hired U.S. Environmental Services to begin the cleanup and dispose of the dead birds, the commission said. The firm’s workers will go door-to-door and pick up birds still in yards and on rooftops.
Jan 3rd, 2011-First, more than 1,000 dead birds fell out of the sky in Arkansas. Then, an estimated 100,000 fish washed up dead on the shore of the Arkansas River. We don’t know what exactly caused the bird and fish die-offs. But we do know that usually, these seemingly mysterious animal die-offs can be explained after science, zoology and environmental experts take a closer look. Surge Desk found five other examples of similar die-offs. The disappearance of the honeybee. When an estimated 20 percent to 40 percent of the U.S. honeybee colonies began disappearing in 2006, environmentalists were alarmed. After all, the honeybee is a pivotal part of the North American ecosystem, pollinating many of our agricultural products.
Status: Solved — maybe.
In late 2010, a team of military scientists and bee experts announced that they had identified the possible culprit behind the bee disappearance: a fungus combining with a virus. But not everybody accepts this explanation. Other proposed causes include pesticides, climate change, weakened immune systems and malnutrition.
Jan 3rd, 2011- Japanese bird sanctuaries, poultry farms and zoos went on high alert last month after several species of migratory birds in different regions were found dead of what appeared to be H5N1 avian influenza. The virus frightened flu specialists when it resurfaced in Hong Kong in 2003 and quickly spread throughout Asia and along bird migratory routes to Europe and Africa. It has not mutated to spread among humans, though it still kills them occasionally – Egypt reported its 38th death last month. According to articles gathered by ProMED, which monitors disease outbreaks, a hooded crane was found dead of H5N1 on the Izumi Plain in Kagoshima Prefecture in southern Japan. The plain is Japan’s largest wild crane wintering site, and the prefecture is the nation’s top poultry-raising area.
Jan 3rd, 2011- USA-Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Labarre – Around 500 dead blackbirds and starlings have been found in Pointe Coupee Parish, according to state wildlife officials. The birds were spotted lying in roads and ditches near Labarre Elementary School. The community is between Morganza and New Roads on Highway 10. Scientists from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries have been sent out to collect samples, which will be sent for testing to the University of Georgia and National Wildlife Center in Wisconsin. This comes after about 5,000 blackbirds and swallows were found dead around Beebe, Ark. on New Year’s Eve. Dr. Jim LaCour with LDWF said he’s not sure the two incidents are connected. “It’s not common, (but) we do see a few die-offs for various reasons,” said LaCour. “Yes, we need to look into it, we need to be a little alarmed, but it’s not out of the scope of things to have a die-off.”
Jan 3rd, 2011-USA- Weakened by inbreeding and disease, bumble bees have died off at an astonishing rate over the past 20 years, with some US populations diving more than 90 percent, according to a new study. The findings are of concern because bees play a crucial role in pollinating crops such as tomatoes, peppers and berries, said the findings of a three-year study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Similar declines have also been seen in Europe and Asia, said Sydney Cameron, of the Department of Entomology and Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois, the main author of the study. “The decline of bumble bees in the US is associated with two things we were able to study: the pathogen Nosema bombi and a decline in genetic diversity. But we are not saying Nosema is the cause. We don’t know,” said Cameron. “It’s just an association. There may be other causes.” He added that the decline is “huge and recent,” having taken place in the last two decades.
Jan 3rd, 2011-Maryland USA-The Maryland Department of the Environment said that tens of thousands of small fish have died in the Chesapeake Bay due to the stress of the cold water. MDE spokeswoman Dawn Stolzfus said reports of a fish kill started coming in last week from Calvert County and Kent Island.
Jan 4th, 2011-New Zealand-Hundreds of dead snapper have washed up on Coromandel beaches, leaving holidaymakers perplexed. People at Little Bay and Waikawau Bay, on the north-east of the peninsula, were stunned when children came out of the sea with armfuls of the fish and within minutes the shore was littered with them. Charlotte Pearsall, whose family have lived at Little Bay for the last 30 years, said she had never seen anything like it. ”It was so surreal,” she said. ”It’s such an incredible waste – it could’ve fed the whole northern tip of the Coromandel.” People with binoculars said the snapper stretched as far as they could see and boaties reported ”a carpet of floating fish further out to sea all along the coast”. ”We initially thought ‘woohoo a free feed’ but they had really cloudy eyes and you could see the birds had been at them. Some of them had no eyes,” Pearsall said. Her parents called the Department of Conservation and were told it was most likely the fish had starved due to weather conditions, but Pearsall did not think that was the case as many of the fish looked big and healthy.
Jan 4th, 2011-Gilbertsville, Kentucky USA- Near her car, a dead bird. A quick walk to her mailbox, another. Scattered across her front yard, a local woman discovered dozens of dead birds. “I’ve never seen anything like it. Never,” Sandy said of the discovery. Sandy, who asked we not share her last name, first noticed the birds several days ago but cleaned them up, not thinking twice. “I have outdoor pets and just assumed they were bringing them from around the neighborhood.” But when she noticed more birds Monday morning, she panicked, “I had just seen the story on the news about the birds in Arkansas and I was scared.” In fact, 3,000 blackbirds seemed to fall from the sky there- starting last Friday. Autopsies have since ruled out poisoning. One top biologist from Cornell University said the birds were “….probably asleep in a single tree when a washing machine-type thunderstorm sucked them up into the air, disoriented them, and even fatally soaked and chilled them.”
Jan 4th, 2011-Brazil-100 tons of fish wash ashore-A survey conducted by the Federation of Fishermen’s Colony of Paraná, Paranaguá on the coast of the state, indicates that at least 100 tons of fish (sardine, croaker and catfish) have turned up dead since last Thursday off the coast of Parana.
Jan 4th, 2011-And the Procession of Damned Data continues…, January 4th, RyanX discussed the recent mysterious deaths of blackbirds and fish in Arkansas. As reports about mass deaths of birds and sea creatures continue to pour in from all over the world, perhaps it’s time to, how should I put it… “open up the field” ?
January 4th: Canada: Hundreds of Dead Fish ‘A Natural Occurrence’
Sarnia, Ontario – Hundreds of dead fish that washed up on shore in the north end of the St. Clair River is a natural occurrence and not the result of a chemical spill, a government officials say. Only one species was affected, further supporting the idea it was a natural occurrence, she said. “There was nothing to indicate that it was man-made.”
January 4th: US: Thousands Of Fish Dead In Spruce Creek, Florida
Thousands of dead fish are floating in Volusia County Tuesday. They were all in Spruce Creek in Port Orange. The fish kill is unusual, according to people who live along the creek, because it’s warm. It’s been a week since there were freezing temperatures, but there are fish lining the banks. Some said it’s the worst kill they’ve ever seen; thousands of fish lined the twists and turns of Spruce Creek. The sheer number of fish and the smell were both overwhelming. Most of the fish were mullet, ladyfish and catfish, and not the valuable sporting fish called snook that died in mass during a cold spell last year.
Jan 4th, 2011-Kent, UK Thousands of dead crabs and mysterious deposits of black sand have littered the Thanet coastline. Environmental experts believe the cold weather is again to blame for the deaths of velvet swimming crabs, which have been found at Palm, Walpole and Westbrook Bays. In January 2010, the dead bodies of 30,000 to 40,000 of the crabs – also known as devil crabs – came ashore. Volunteer coastal warden, Tony Sykes said: “We suspect that climate change and warmer weather has lured the crabs towards the shoreline. “They could also be attracted to these waters looking for kelp, to feed on. “We believe the sudden temperature drop causes the crabs to suffer from hypothermia and die.”
Jan 4th, 2011-Florida-Spruce Creek, Volusia County — Thousands of dead fish are floating in Volusia County Tuesday. They were all in Spruce Creek in Port Orange. The fish kill is unusual, according to people who live along the creek, because it’s warm. It’s been a week since there were freezing temperatures, but there are fish lining the banks. Some said it’s the worst kill they’ve ever seen; thousands of fish lined the twists and turns of Spruce Creek. The sheer number of fish and the smell were both overwhelming. “It was fun last night trying to sleep with the smell going on,” said resident Sunny Morningstar. “Even with your windows closed and everything?” WFTV reporter Jason Allen asked. “Yes, yes,” Morningstar said. Buzzards and pelicans flocked to the site Tuesday and swarmed above the water. They filled trees and private boat docks and waited at the water’s edge for an easy meal. Kayakers on the creek told WFTV, that during their five-hour paddle, they’d seen fish around every bend and it appeared to be one of the most extensive kills they had seen.
Jan 4th, 2011-Toronto Sun- Sarnia, Ontario. – Hundreds of dead fish that washed up on shore in the north end of the St. Clair River is a natural occurrence and not the result of a chemical spill, a government officials say. Ministry of Natural Resources spokesperson Jolanta Kowalski confirmed that both the MNR and environment ministry were alerted to a massive die-off of gizzard shad fish late last week. We think it’s a natural occurrence,” Kowalski said. “They died off as a result of temperature shock because we had that really warm weekend … and then it quickly cooled off again.” Kowalski said such die-offs are not unusual but it typically happens in the spring. Only one species was affected, further supporting the idea it was a natural occurrence, she said. “There was nothing to indicate that it was man-made.”
Jan 5th, 2011-Kentucky, Louisiana USA-More Birds-The mystery over thousands of birds raining from the sky in America deepened today after hundreds more plunged to their deaths in different parts of the country. Scientists said that New Year’s Eve fireworks might have been to blame for the 3,000 blackbirds that died in a small town in Arkansas. But they were forced to order more tests last night after 500 birds plummeted to the ground 360 miles away in Louisiana on Monday and dozens more died in Kentucky. And just a 100 miles away from the Arkansas mass bird kill, at least 83,000 dead and dying fish washed ashore – possibly as many as 100,000. The Internet has been abuzz with conspiracy theories about secret government testing and a looming Armageddon. Experts insist a link between the bizarre incidents is unlikely.
Jan 5th, 2011- New Zealand-Hundreds of dead snapper have washed up on Coromandel beaches on the North Island of New Zealand, leaving holidaymakers perplexed.
mysterious incident came as the southern United States was hit with a second unexplained mass bird death within a week. People at Little Bay and Waikawau Bay, on the north-east of the peninsula, were stunned when children came out of the sea with armfuls of the fish and within minutes the shore was littered with them. Charlotte Pearsall, whose family have lived at Little Bay for the last 30 years, said she had never seen anything like it. “It was so surreal,” she said. “It’s such an incredible waste – it could’ve fed the whole northern tip of the Coromandel.”
Jan 5th, 2011-Britain-Thousands of dead crabs have washed up along the Kent coast, with environmental experts believing the cold weather in Britain is to blame. The velvet swimming crabs – also called devil crabs – are thought to be victims of Britain’s coldest December in 120 years, which left sea temperatures much lower than average. More than 40,000 of the crabs – Britain’s largest swimming crab – are littering beaches around Thanet, along with smaller numbers of whelks, sponges and anemones. Coastal warden Tony Sykes said: ‘We suspect that climate change and warmer weather has lured the crabs towards the shoreline. ‘They could also be attracted to these waters looking for kelp, to feed on. ‘We believe the sudden temperature drop causes the crabs to suffer from hypothermia and die.’ It is the second year in a row that icy temperatures have killed sea creatures in such large numbers.
Jan 5th, 2011-Sweden-A county veterinarian has speculated that the birds that fell from the sky in central Sweden on Tuesday may have been frightened by fireworks, then run over by a car after landing on the road in the dark. Shortly before midnight on Tuesday, residents found 50 to 100 jackdaws on a street in Falköping southeast of Skövde. The incident echoed a number of unexplained incidents earlier this week across the southern US. County veterinarian Robert ter Horst believes that the birds may have been literally scared to death by fireworks set off on Tuesday night. “We have received information from local residents last night. Our main theory is that the birds were scared away because of the fireworks and landed on the road, but couldn’t fly away from the stress and were hit by a car,” he explained to The Local on Wednesday. He added that they likely had difficulty orienting themselves in the dark and although they have received one report involving a vehicular collision with the birds, ter Horst believes they may have been hit by more. “We will continue to look at whether there are other theories, but then we have to do an autopsy on the birds. The birds just now are in a car on the way to a laboratory in Uppsala. We don’t know exactly what happened yet, but we will continue the investigation,” he added. ter Horst noted that he has also received some reports about pigeons, but the incident has happened too quickly to assume that it is related to the untimely demise of the jackdaws.
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