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California wildlife officials are trying to figure out what caused the death of more than 100 birds found clustered together just off Highway 101.
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that California Highway Patrol officers found the dead birds near the roadway on Saturday and called in the state Department of Fish and Game to investigate.
The officers who found the birds described them as small with brown and black feathers. They were intact and had not been shot.
A bizarre scene is evolving on the Chicago lakefront, with Canada geese and mallard ducks gulping down dead or dying gizzard shad.
A major die-off of what appears to be the 2010 class is happening in Chicago harbors. Thousands, perhaps far more than that, of dead gizzard shad in the 3- to 5-inch range are frozen in the ice of Chicago harbors or floating around in open patches of water.
DOZENS of birds found dead in eastern Romania drank themselves to death, the local sanitary and veterinary authority has revealed.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
Probably just the cold...
Originally posted by SunnyDee
The Ca bird story makes sure to note that mass die-offs are common and that we are just being more aware of it these days.
This could be true, but it also may not be. We just don't have enough answers. I think someone should start a 2011 animal mass death thread to track this stuff. The animals are the canaries in the coal mines. They will tell us when things get really bad.
Conspiracy theories are rampant, and it's been suggested that the deaths could be a result of UFOs, government tests, or even secret weapons.
But there are three real possibilities behind this mystery:
a) Toxic Chemicals
b) Pathogens and Disease