One of the possibilities is that H5N1 maybe in North America. H5N1 being the most deadly form of bird flu in the world.
More than 1,000 dead birds fall from sky in Ark.
(AP) – 7 hours ago
BEEBE, Ark. (AP) — Wildlife officials are trying to determine what caused more than 1,000 black birds to die and fall from the sky over an Arkansas town.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said Saturday that it began receiving reports about the dead birds about 11:30 p.m. the previous night. The birds fell over a 1-mile area of Beebe, and an aerial survey indicated that no other dead birds were found outside of that area.
Commission ornithologist Karen Rowe said the he birds showed physical trauma, and she speculated that "the flock could have been hit by lightning or high-altitude hail."
The commission said that New Year's Eve revelers shooting off fireworks in the area could have startled the birds from their roost and caused them to die from stress.
Robby King, a wildlife officer for the agency, collected about 65 dead birds, which will be sent for testing to the state Livestock and Poultry Commission lab and the National Wildlife Health Center lab in Madison, Wis.
Rowe said that similar events have occurred elsewhere and that test results "usually were inconclusive." She said she doubted the birds were poisoned.
No poison found in birds that fell on town
First tests suggest midair collision, but why still isn't certain; number raised to at least 4,000
msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 1 hour 6 minutes ago 2011-01-03T18:17:08
BEEBE, Ark. — Preliminary autopsies on 17 of the up to 5,000 blackbirds that fell on this town indicate they died of blunt trauma to their organs, the state's top veterinarian told NBC News on Monday.
Their stomachs were empty, which rules out poison, Dr. George Badley said, and they died in midair, not on impact with the ground.
Rowe noted that birds of prey and other animals, including dogs and cats, ate several of the dead blackbirds and suffered no ill effects.
"Every dog and cat in the neighborhood that night was able to get a fresh snack that night," Rowe said.
Mike Robertson, the mayor in Beebe, said the last dead bird was removed about 11 a.m. Sunday in the town about 40 miles northeast of Little Rock. A dozen workers hired by the city to do the cleanup wore environmental-protection suits for the task.
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How about a massive Methane Gas release/leak out of the crust of the earth... that'd do wonders to the fish in the river and probably to any birds who may have been drinking the water along the shore as well! (just a guess folks... but my conjecture is just as good as anyone else's, right!)
I tell you what. I think it's wrong to speculate either way. Something like this could not be covered up. Whistle blowers (with expertise) are everywhere. Let's wait for experts to do their analysis. Why are we in a hurry to jump to conclusions?
This thing is extremely serious. Let's let the experts do their job.
There's a good possibility the birds infected cats and dogs along with poultry.
Poultry farmers are culling 1,000 of birds on farms where the dead birds were found.
It's a normal practice to cull birds given the nature of viral spread.
mitshu, it appears that an infectious disease link is connected to the birds and fish dying.
In Asia,especially Vietnam,when fish died of an unknown cause, the government prevented fishermen from gathering the dead fish because of the fear the fish had contracted an infectious disease.
"no long could be as adamently disparaging against positive posting"
You just don't get it, do you? It is the RESPONSIBILITY of longs to be critical of events and, more importantly, delusional pumping like yours.