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A second large group of dead house sparrows found in Ottawa's Allen Park was investigated Monday by La Salle County Animal Control, said Dr. Dell Brodd, the county's animal control administrator.
Sunday, some 70 dead sparrows were discovered on a grassy area outside the Holiday Inn Express near Interstate 80 and Route 23.
"There were probably just about as many found on the South Side at Allen Park."
Brodd said he has refrigerated specimens from both sites while he makes contact with an avian biologist to see if a cause of death can be determined.
"I don't know if this was accidental or what. At this point I'm just guessing, but it's hard to believe it's not some type of poisoning.
"There could be a lot more going on than we think," said Brodd.
Mass bird deaths have been attributed to everything from disease to electromagnetic pulses from cell phones and cell phone towers.
Standing in her Park Lane driveway, beside a dead bird, Venus pointed yesterday afternoon to houses where black birds with yellow beaks also lay dead. One neighbor even told her he had seen birds falling straight from the sky, their wings still as they came down like rocks.
"We want to know if someone came in and sprayed," Tracy Venus said. "We want to make sure it's not poisonous to animals.
After years of seeing hundreds of double-crested cormorant nests on the Richmond-San Rafael and San Francisco Bay bridges, researchers are raising concerns about a precipitous drop in nesting activity this year.
Such dramatic changes don't just happen by chance," said John Wiens, the bird observatory's chief conservation science officer. "The cormorants are telling us that something is amiss in these environments."
Residents north of Thames say they've been watching DOC clean up hundreds of dead birds.
Resident Dean Thomsen was walking his local beach when he discovered Te Mata Bay littered with bird carcases.
“It’s quite disturbing being a New Zealander seeing our bird life washed up on the beach.”
Thomsen photographed what he saw and like many here he blames the deaths on 1080 bait drops.
Magpies found convulsing and dying on the side of the road on the Gold Coast yesterday are believed to be victims of the third mass bird poisoning in 12 months.
A Palm Beach resident found 20 dead birds in parkland at the end of Tahiti Avenue. It is believed the magpies ate deliberately-poisoned bread, which was found scattered nearby.
PALM Beach residents have been rocked by a possible magpie massacre, with 25 dead birds found just as the annual swooping season starts.
Originally posted by silent thunder
Interesting thread, thanks for posting it, OP.
I don't think we should automatically assume this is being done "intentionally" by TPTB or whatever...this could be literally anything from a natural epidemic to some kind of chem poisinng eminating from an industrial site or whatever.
At this point, we need more info.
There will be virtually nothing left to fish from the seas by the middle of the century if current trends continue, according to a major scientific study.