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January 6, 2011

Puzzling bird, fish kills drive some humans batty

Dead fish washing up in the Chesapeake Bay, birds falling from the sky in Arkansas, Louisiana and Kentucky, plus assorted other wildlife dropping in places like Brazil, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

What in the world is going on?

Maybe nothing more than some unusually nasty weather. But that hasn't stopped some anxious and even alarmed folk from speculating about a wildlife holocaust triggered by, you name it: pesticides ("what are they spraying?" one emailer asked), lingering poisons from the Gulf oil spill or "the end," as in of time.

The dead blackbirds and grackles really are puzzling to me, though wildlife biologists have suggested fierce night-time storms, lightning and possibly even some New Year's Eve fireworks or gunfire - or a combination of those and other factors - might've led to their demise.

That probably wouldn't explain the dead fish reported in Arkansas, but authorities there are investigating the possibility of disease - again, not an unknown phenomenon.

As for the bay fish kill, turns out it's mainly juvenile spot and some croaker, and biologists suspect the unusually sudden and severe drop in water temperatures in late December did them in. It's not unheard of - there've been other, even bigger winter fish kills in the bay in similar circumstances. And there's been no immediate indication of any pollution or other water-quality problem that might've put the fish in harm's way.

Authorities are investigating, though they caution that the bay fish may be too decomposed to really determine what killed them.

Is there anything connecting these disparate events? I kind of like my colleague Frank Roylance's suggestion, made on his weather blog, that the Internet's to blame.  Not for the wildlife deaths, but for enabling folks to rapidly connect so many disparate dots and see an alarming pattern.

As journalists, we're in the business of connecting dots, so I understand the tendency. We live for unmasking previously unnoticed, slowly developing trends and hidden, nefarious plots. But sometimes, a series of similar events is just a coincidence, not conspiracy.

We may - or may not - ultimately find out what killed these critters. I'll be waiting for the final reports. Meanwhile, I'm not ready to stock up just yet, on food, ammo or even toilet paper.

(Dead fish in Northwest Creek, MD Dept of Environment; dead birds in Pointe Coupee Parish, La.)

Posted by Tim Wheeler at 9:10 AM | | Comments (27)


It's the terrorist! they found the way to spray the air and waters, just take a look at the countries they attacked

My theory is these are long term effects from the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico! Because the Mississippi River connects to the Gulf of Mexico, which in turn the Akransas River is Connected to the Mississippi River. And reports say the 95% of the fish that died were bottom feeders, which i believe they digested some of the toxins from the oil. And if it is so, then of course our government would try to hind it because then BP would have officially killed the United States! Specially since Mississippi River connects to majority of rivers and even the Great Lakes are connected through other rivers and such.

People immediately point to end times because it gives them a purpose, a guarantee of some greater power at work. Guess what? We're all going to be dead in 100 years - that's your end times. Enjoy it while it lasts!


We will see what people off of the internet do and say now that there are ten different spots across the globe. Mass deaths do happen, just never reported in history on this scale. The first groups of people do die from "natural causes" will really make people run to the Churches.

I agree with the above post. I think it has a lot to do with the Oil Spill. The current goes up and comes back down. These are bottom feeders who may not have weaker immune systems due to the spill and not after to fight off normal diesases. Many stated that if we were to see any affects of the oil spill it would not happen till Jan /Feb and it is that time frame right now....

I have done alot of reading today and believe it is very plausible that this is the result of biological chemicals stored in Arkansas. It seems as though we would be smart enough to rid our earth of these toxins. If you read all that is out there, it is possible this is also connected to the killing of Wheeler, former bush aide who had high level clearance on biological weapons. It is
believed he was going to blow the whistle on what is really happening to cause these widlife dilemnas.

How could it be from the Gulf oil spill? I thought the Mississippi flowed into the Gulf not the other way around. Wouldn't that neccesitate toxins going UPstream against the current? really? I hope you are kidding. First of all I would find it hard to beleive the oil in the ocean/gulf would flow upstream enough to make it to Arkansas, second, the birds died in Arkansas...the fish died in Chesapeake Bay (MD, VA)...just saying...

It's clear to me that the fish Mafia have sent them to "sleep with the humans".

Could be feeding into the frenzy but I find it interesting that the locations of these recent deaths over the last week are all along major ocean currents that can be tracked from the Gulf Of Mexico.

There are a lot of good theories out there and a lot of irrational ones, such as jumping to the immediate conclusion that the world is ending. It may, who knows? Surely not me. I do however find these kinds of issues and events intriging. Yes I will admit I have researched a little and found some connections, ONLY because I found it interesting. To be honest I kind of came to the conclusion that it had to do with military testing, because the first incidents were so close to military bases. I know it's silly, but that was my first thought :)

Can we think for a moment about how our cell phones work, now lets consider the popular use of GPS satilites, weather and communication satilites, military and business communications.. Could it be that this environment has reached a deadly saturation point of radiowave, microwave,electr- magnetic pollution...? This is the most plausible explaination that comes to my mind........anyone else?

The birds falling out of the sky,Fish washing up dead,everyone is trying to figure out what caused it,because they are scared of the truth;WAKE UP...Jesus is coming soon...the world is getting worse every day.God will not let his children suffer much longer,May God be with you...

Zephaniah 1:3 (New International Version, ©2010)

3 “I will sweep away both man and beast;
I will sweep away the birds in the sky
and the fish in the sea—
and the idols that cause the wicked to stumble.”[a]

“When I destroy all mankind
on the face of the earth,”
declares the LORD,

Gosh people, would you quit lighting off fireworks and forcing innocent birds to fly into building, power lines, and whatever else "authorities" will tell you theyre running into.. These fireworks are killing birds and fish and crabs and animals all over the world!

Damn fireworks!

1) Oil spill: the oil does not need to flow ANYWHERE. research COREXIT. Sprayed into the air by airplanes for MONTHS over the gulf. the oil doesn't need to flow north - water evaporates into clouds which travel, remember? EPA told BP to discontinue and they refused, remember?

2) HAARP or Other magnetic/frequency wave exposure ex humans, solar flares: Plausible. Animals are sensitive to EMF/magnetics and frequencies.

3) The End Times - in case you non-religious people hadn't realized, geneticists don't believe evolution theory is plausible for humans. There is an inexplicable chromosome. I do believe that revelation states something along the lines of: "And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and a third of the sea became blood, and a third of the creatures in the sea died."
For anyone to deny the similarities, and the fact that the BP spill or one like it COULD cause calamity. We may well be looking at near extinctions from these fish kills AT BEST.

What do you have against people who believe in something that allows them to not fear death? You look at it as doom and gloom, we look at it as a confirmation of God's promises to man.

4) Government testing: Plausible. I'll have to look into that military murder that was mentioned.

5) I pity anyone who believes this was fireworks, or cold snaps. Notice the media went from quoting actual environmental experts, to quoting state spokesman, to now making quotes that contradict what the initial experts were saying. They aren't even bothering to say who is making these statements, simply stating experts believe it was weather or fireworks. Really? because every expert opinion I've heard said these numbers, globally, are inexplicable.

They came first for the Bees,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Bee.

Then they came for the fish,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a fish.

Then they came for the Birds,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Bird.

Then they came for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up.

How did you think God would do it?


Crack a tinnie,crack a joke ,crack a fat wot will be, will be.

I don't know people. I by far am no conspiracy theorist, but look society has handed mankind a much shorter view of the larger scale of these issues. We take the animals and separate that from the largest groupings of natural disasters recorded in history, from Haiti's earthquake, to tsunami's which generate from the same source underwater earth quakes in the ocean, a lake in Russia emitting carbon gases at dangerously high levels, to the confirmed Nasa reports that the world is currently in the process of an active polar shift. Then what is always the first indication of immediate danger? Animal migration patterns change, the sun is actively in the one if its strongest solar cycles leading up to the year 2012. Not trying to sound all doom and gloom, but it may be a good time check history. I'm pretty sure if the dinosaurs could fathom half the brain activity as man, they never thought they would see their demise. Considering the powerful majestic nature and shear size of them. I think man's biggest flaw thus far is the ability to over compensate lack knowledge for egotistical disbelief in the unknown. Regardless of the combined opinions, the point still remains that the cause is unknown and that is creepy enough for me. gulp!!! Excuse typos i went on a rant lol :-)

Nasa Reasearch:
Ecosystems will shift as those plants and animals that adapt the quickest will move into new areas to compete with the currently established species. Those species that cannot adapt quickly enough will face extinction. Scientists note with increasing concern the 21st century could see one of the greatest periods of mass extinction of species in Earth's entire history. Ultimately, global warming will impact life on Earth in many ways. But the extent of the change is up to us.

Oh no. The Beast with ten horns and seven heads has risen out of the sea. (Revelations 13)

Before he rose, he killed a lot of fish. After he rose, he reached up and grabbed a bunch of birds and cast them down to the Earth.

He's hiding out somewhere right now but let that be a warning to ye.

@Ally That comment made my day, I needed a good laugh, with all the seriousness and negativity of people. I also agree with the comment of why do people care if Christians question if these events are part of prophecy, it's exciting for Christians to see the word of God at work. Atheists just love to rip us apart and make us out to be complete crazy morons who have no right to even comment or have beliefs. As a Christian I don't know for sure if this is part of prophecy or just a fluke that has a scientific explanation. But I don't feel the need to attack other people and their beliefs. I feel strong in my beliefs and don't have fear of the end whether it's tomorrow or in 70 years. I don't attack you for having no religious convictions, don't attack me for having them. Peace and love be unto all of you, and God Bless.

There was an old lady, from the "Cree" tribe, named "Eyes of Fire", who prophesied that one day, because of the white mans' or Yo-ne-gis' greed, there would come a time, when the fish would die in the streams, the birds would fall from the air, the waters would be blackened, and the trees would no longer be, mankind as we would know it would all but cease to exist.

Do I believe God exists? Yes.

Do I believe the Bible should be taken literally? No.

Do I think people who believe these events are signs of the "end times" are idiots? YES!

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Tim WheelerTim Wheeler reports on the environment and Chesapeake Bay. A native of West Virginia, he has focused mainly on Maryland's environment since moving here in 1983. Along the way, he's crewed aboard a skipjack in the bay, canoed under city streets up the Jones Fall from the Inner Harbor, and gone deep underground in a western Maryland coal mine. He loves seafood, rambles in the country and good stories. He hopes to share some here.

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