Numerous locals woke to discover hundreds dead birds, convinced it was just some more of the rash of mysterious mass deaths that have taken place around the globe in the early part of 2011.
The American government however openly took responsibility for killing 100 birds in Yankton, South Dakota.
When some 5000 birds defecated in the feed meal of a feedlot, it posed a serious danger to both the animals and farm workers. USDA authorities decided it was necessary to kill the birds with bait, laced with poison DCR-1339.
Officials had not expected the birds to fly nearly 10 kilometres, before succumbing to the poison.
Both local authorities and scientists are deeply concerned over recent mass deaths across the world. Mass deaths normally average around 3.4 per week. The start of 2011 has seen this number greatly surpassed world-wide. Authorities claim the deaths are not related to one another. They include:
United States of America
- Lack of oxygen is thought to have caused the death of 1000s of gizzard fish washed up on Chicago's lakeshore
- It is thought pneumonia, infectious bovine rhino tracheitisor, or some other highly infectious disease, may have been the cause of the death of 200 cows on a farm in Wisconsin.
- 5000 blackbirds, were supposedly traumatized from New Year Eve fireworks, Arkansas, causing the birds to fly into stationary objects
- 2 million fish died in Maryland from extreme cold, combined with overpopulation and lack of oxygen
- Also in Arkansas, 100,000 dead bottom-feeding drum fish washed up on river banks. Disease is believed to be behind the deaths
- 500 small birds fell out of the sky in Louisiana. Wildlife veterinarian claimed an estimated 450 birds that died near Baton Rouge may have flown into a power line
- 300 grackles, a type of blackbird, fell on the side of a highway in Alabama, and around 100 on the side of a California highway.
- Thousands of fish were found floating in Spruce Creek in Florida
- 10-20,000 gizzard shad dead in Lake Meredith, Texas, due to toxic algae bloom
- 200 birds were found dead on a highway bridge in Texas
- Charleston saw hundreds of dead jellyfish and starfish washed up on the beaches. Extreme cold was blamed
- Massachusetts, New Jersey and South Carolina had to deal with millions of dead fish from record-breaking cold temperatures
- In Louisiana approximately 500 blackbirds and starlings littered a short stretch of highway
- Kentucky also reported mass roadside deaths. Many believe that a semi-truck or other vehicle was responsible for the deaths, as the birds appeared to have broken beaks and backs
- Dozens of pelicans have washed ashore, shot, bludgeoned and decapitated in North Carolina. This mass death was obviously human in origin
- The 70 bats found dead in Arizona had been shot with a BB gun.
Just across the border from Detroit, in Sarnia, Ontario, on the St. Clair River, hundreds of shad fish washed-up dead
- On a farm near Quebec City around 80 pigeons died
- Dozens of dead fish washed up in Haiti
- Almost 500 penguins washed up on the beaches of Brazil. Scientists say the animals starved to death
- 200 tons of mainly sardines washed up on beaches in Paranagua
- Hundreds of dead fish found on the beaches
- 1000s of fish dead in Yamuna River, India. Dumping of industrial waste and chemicals were thought to be at fault
- In Don Thap, Vietnam, 150 tonnes of red tilapias died on 41 fish farms, because of polluted water through ebb tides lowering the oxygen levels and overcrowded pens.
- 1000s of sucker fish were found dead in Naklua Canal, Thailand
- 1000s of fish died in the Iranian sector of the Caspian Sea, Iran
- While a carpet of dead fish floated out at sea, hundreds of dead snapper washed ashore on the Coromandel beaches in New Zealand
- After weeks of heavy rain tens of thousands of dead fish in Jarvis Bay
- Around 40,000 dead crabs washed up on England’s beaches, thought to have succumbed to the extreme cold
- 100's of dead fish were found in a pond in Manchester, England
- In Sweden around 100 jackdaws die from what appeared to be external blows causing internal bleeding
- Over 1,000 turtle doves and pigeons fell out of the sky in Italy. Possible cause was poisoning, or lack of oxygen.
- Italy also saw dozens of starlings die after overeating grapes left over from the wine-making process
- Romania also experienced hundred of deaths as birds, understood to have died from alcohol poisoning from an overdose of left over grapes.
Greg Butcher, director of bird conservation at the Audubon Society, said “Mass bird die-offs can be caused by starvation, storms, disease, pesticide, collision with man-made structures or human disturbance . . . Initial findings indicate that these are isolated incidents that were probably caused by disturbance and disorientation. "
Some people are starting to ask if this is the start of the fulfillment of some prophecies in the Bible? Some have called it ‘aflockalypse’. Other conspiracy theorists blame government experiments. Some scientists suggest that the causes of the recent events may be a global disaster, or testing of biological weapons. In many cases the cause of death may never be clearly known.