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500 birds found dead in Louisiana

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 4, 2011 at 8:53 a.m.

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Dead birds are seen along the side of the Morganza Hwy. in Pointe Coupee Parish, La., on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, about 300 miles south of Beebe, where more than 3,000 blackbirds fell from the sky three days earlier.

State biologists are trying to determine what killed an estimated 500 birds that littered a quarter-mile stretch of highway in Pointe Coupee Parish near Baton Rouge.

The birds, including starlings and red-winged blackbirds, were found Monday along Louisiana Highway 1, about 300 miles south of Beebe, Ark., where more than 3,000 blackbirds fell from the sky three days earlier. Authorities said examinations showed the birds found in Arkansas suffered internal injuries that formed deadly blood clots.

Louisiana state biologists are sending some of the dead birds to laboratories in Georgia and Wisconsin for testing.

Large numbers of bird deaths are not uncommon.

In January and February 1999, an estimated 3,000 birds died in Morehouse Parish in northern Louisiana, many of them falling from the air. Scientists at the U.S. Geological Service laboratory in Wisconsin diagnosed the cause as an E. coli infection of air sacs in their skulls.

The U.S. Geological Service’s website lists about 90 mass deaths of birds and other wildlife from June through Dec. 12. Five list deaths of at least 1,000 birds and another 12 show at least 500 dead birds.

The largest was near Houston, Minn., where about 4,000 water birds died between Sept. 6 and Nov. 26 from infestations of various parasites.

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Connielou says... January 4, 2011 at 9:52 a.m.

Hmmmmm.... I don't think we're being told all that there is to know about this situation..... dead birds... dead fish.... a wee bit Apocalyptic isn't it????

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granpwhiz says... January 4, 2011 at 10:01 a.m.

After reading about more dead birds I just printed a map that located Beebe, Ar and Labarre, La and found it interesting that you can almost draw a straight line from one to the other. And what is also on that line from one city to the next, the Arkansas River.

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capt44 says... January 4, 2011 at 10:08 a.m.

The goverment will only let you hear what they want you know.
autopsy's are alright but you'll never know the real outcome.
There was an article in USA Today a couple of weeks ago about contaminated water wells in Louisana.
They reported several dead cattle also in the same article.

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1gohogs says... January 4, 2011 at 10:27 a.m.

WOW--i love the comment by granpwhiz " you can almost draw a straight line from one to the other." I think you can draw a straight line from ANY 2 points on a map! it's not hail, it's not fireworks. I think a gov't/military experiment of some kind

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Oldearkie says... January 4, 2011 at 11:53 a.m.

Having a veterinarian do a fake autopsy is just a coverup as many of us recognize. The real reason is either methane gas or the reptilian aliens invading us preparing to take over. They are being detected at airports by the strip nekkid machines and pat downs but can't get them all. This is as much truth as you are likely to get

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majique22_yahoo.com says... January 4, 2011 at 12:40 p.m.

"you can almost draw a straight line...." Well granpwhiz, if your hand wasn't shaking so badly you COULD draw a straight line! C'mon man...you CAN draw a straight line between two locations on a map.

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bernadette says... January 4, 2011 at 3:03 p.m.

And what is also on that line from one city to the next, the Arkansas River.

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bernadette says... January 4, 2011 at 3:26 p.m.

"In January and February 1999, an estimated 3,000 birds died in Morehouse Parish in northern Louisiana, many of them falling from the air. Scientists at the U.S. Geological Service laboratory in Wisconsin diagnosed the cause as an E. coli infection of air sacs in their skulls."

That was over a 2 month period of time. Not in one night. Get real.

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TheMessenger says... January 4, 2011 at 5:12 p.m.

Repent, ------ very easy, you don't need to be told how again.How simple it is, yet you won't do it? go figure

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liberty56 says... January 4, 2011 at 5:16 p.m.

Upon researching red wing blackbirds and starlings, the two are grouped together in many papers and articles for dealing with them for rice and corn crops. I guess the starlings like bugs and fruit, but anyway the blackbird is protected, but the red wing blackbird is not. There are tactics to kill the birds during winter roosts so that it cuts down on their numbers during growing and harvesting seasons. There seems to be many farms around there. Does anyone know if there are rice or corn fields around there. Also a tactic to use to kill the winter roosts are explosives. So someone could go relatively unnoticed doing this during New Years Eve. Anyway that doesn't explain the fish but if you live in that area do you know of "exterminators" that deal with birds that way?

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