Animal Behavior, Methane Poisoning, Dead or Alive and on the move (+ interactive map)

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When Planet X entered the inner Solar System in late 2002 - early 2003, it was not just the Earth that reacted, as it did with an increase in earthquakes, volcanism and extreme weather, the animal life on Earth also started showing signs of the approaching monster.

The most noticeable symptoms were:

  • Crazy Animal Behaviour:  Reports of bizarre behaviour including animal attacks from normally passive creatures and spiders spinning webs over whole fields.
  • Confused Animals:  Whales and dolphins stranding themselves on beaches in droves or getting lost upstream in coastal rivers.
  • Large fish and bird kills:  Flocks of birds falling dead from the sky and shoals of fish dying and floating to the surface of lakes, rivers and washing up along coastlines.

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Crazy Animal Behaviour

Reports of crazy animal behaviour have included sheep that charged a farmer’s wife off a cliff, deer attacking a car and rabbits biting pedestrians.  Spiders have spun webs over whole fields and caterpillar larvae have covered whole trees in silk.

As usual, the Zetas explain the true causes:

http://www.zetatalk.com/transfor/t154.htm (Jan 11th 2003)

Animal behavior also has been noted as almost crazed, where animals normally passive and seeking to avoid confrontation will attack with provocation, or fly in the wrong direction during migration. This is due to signals the animals or insects get from the core of the Earth, signals not known to man, but nonetheless there.  [……]  Spiders weaving webs to an extreme so that acres are covered under webs, get noted, but the base behavior is normal for a spider.  EOZT

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Confused Animals

Other erratic behaviour among animals included a seeming loss of direction with whales and dolphins swimming inland and stranding themselves on beaches.

Unreliable Compasses  (March 28th, 2009)

The compass is unreliable for the past few years, and lately has gotten very extreme in its variance. Many animals and insects have a biological compass, recording during migrations where that compass laid, and when taking a return trip relying on the recording to guide them back. If the Earth's N Pole swings away from the press of Planet X, which is increasingly pointing its N Pole at the Earth, then these animals are not given correct clues and aim for land or up a river. Sad to say, this will only get worse as the last weeks and the pole shift loom on the horizon.   EOZT

Are due to the Magnetic Clash   (July 1st, 2006)

The compass anomaly, swinging to the East, is indicative of the Earth adjusting to the approach of Planet X and the clash of their magnetic fields. The change is indicative of a clash in magnetic fields as Planet X comes ever closer to the Earth, their fields touching. It is the combined field that Earth must adjust to, and continue to adjust to, not the exact position of the N Pole of Planet X within these fields, and the Sun's magnetic field enters into the equation too. This dramatic change, noted by a conscientious tracker, checking dual compasses daily for years, indicates that the Earth is trying to align side-by-side with Planet X, bringing its magnetic N Pole to point toward the Sun, as Planet X is currently doing in the main. These adjustments are temporary, and change about, as magnets can make dramatic and swift changes in their alignment with each other. Put a number of small magnets on a glass, with iron ore dust, and move a large magnet about under them, and watch the jerking about they do. Are we saying the Earth's magnetic field is going to get more erratic in the future, dramatically so? There is no question that this will be one of the signs that will come, yet another not covered by the Global Warming excuse.   EOZT

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Large fish and bird kills

Hundreds, if not thousands, of these events have taken place with the frequency increasing year on year.  Poignant examples include the 20 tonnes of dead herring which washed ashore in Norway and 1200 pelicans found on a beach in Peru.

Earth Farts  (January 9th, 2007)

We have explained, in great detail, that the stretch zone does not register great quakes when rock layers pull apart and sink, as this is a silent Earth change. Nancy has carefully documented breaking water and gas mains, derailing trains, dislocating bridge abutments, mining accidents, and outbreaks of factory explosions, showing that these have occurred in rashes on occasion, when the rock layers pulled apart. [……]  In September-October of 2005, a smell of rotten eggs was sensed from LA to Thunder Bay on Lake Superior to the New England states and throughout the South-Eastern US. We explained at that time that this was due to rock layers being pulled apart, releasing gas from moldering vegetation trapped during prior pole shifts, when rock layers were jerked about, trapping vegetation. We explained in March of 2002 that black water off the coast of Florida was caused by this phenomena. Do these fumes cause people to sicken, and birds to die? Mining operations of old had what they called the canary in a birdcage, to warn the miners of methane gas leaks. Birds are very sensitive to these fumes, and die, and this is indeed what happened in Austin, TX. Were it not for the explosions associated with gas leaks, it would be common knowledge that gas leaks sicken, as the body was not structured to breathe such air for long.   EOZT

 

Zetatalk Explanation  (January 8th, 2011)

Dead fish and birds falling from the sky are being reported worldwide, suddenly. This is not a local affair, obviously. Dead birds have been reported in Sweden and N America, and dead fish in N America, Brazil, and New Zealand. Methane is known to cause bird dead, and as methane rises when released during Earth shifting, will float upward through the flocks of birds above. But can this be the cause of dead fish? If birds are more sensitive than humans to methane release, fish are likewise sensitive to changes in the water, as anyone with an aquarium will attest. Those schools of fish caught in rising methane bubbles during sifting of rock layers beneath them will inevitably be affected. Fish cannot, for instance, hold their breath until the emergency passes! Nor do birds have such a mechanism.   EOZT

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Like a thief in the night! Locust Plague Timeline: The Biblical plague started ironically at the holiest site in Islam in 2019: It now stretches from the Chinese border to South Africa: New swarms in China, Botswana and South Sudan.


The worst locust outbreak in nearly a hundred years is spreading fast, the FAO yesterday announced South Sudan and Botswana, the first southern African nation has been invaded by migratory locusts and in a separate, unconfirmed report the locust plague has reached the Western borders of coronavirus-hit China, the area of the plagues are vast and the numbers of countries now affected enormous, see map above. A small plague was reported on TBW back in Jan 2019 ironically at the holiest site in Islam. The locusts were filmed swarming around the Great Mosque in Mecca, since then the plague has stretched from the Chinese border to South Africa. See Timeline Below

The worst locust outbreak that parts of East Africa have seen in 70 years has reached South Sudan, a country where roughly half the population already faces hunger after years of civil war, officials announced Tuesday. Around 2,000 locusts were spotted inside the country, Agriculture Minister Onyoti Adigo told reporters. Authorities will try to control the outbreak, he added. The locusts have been seen in Eastern Equatorial state near the borders with Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

All have been affected by the outbreak that has been influenced by the changing climate in the region. The situation in those three countries "remains extremely alarming," the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said in its latest Locust Watch update Monday. Locusts also have reached Sudan, Eritrea, Tanzania and more recently Uganda.

The soil in South Sudan's Eastern Equatorial has a sandy nature that allows the locusts to lay eggs easily, said Meshack Malo, a country representative with the FAO. At this stage "if we are not able to deal with them ... it will be a problem," he said. South Sudan is even less prepared than other countries in the region for a locust outbreak, and its people are arguably more vulnerable. More than 5 million people are severely food insecure, the U.N. humanitarian office says in its latest assessment, and some 860,000 children are malnourished. Five years of civil war shattered South Sudan's economy, and lingering insecurity since a 2018 peace deal continues to endanger humanitarians trying to distribute aid. Another local aid worker was shot and killed last week, the U.N. said Tuesday. The locusts have travelled across the region in swarms the size of major cities.

Botswana the first southern African nation has been invaded by migratory locusts

Botswana's Ministry of Agriculture and Security on Tuesday announced that the southern African nation has been invaded by migratory locusts. Plant protection officer Velleminah Pelokgale informed farmers that there is an outbreak of a migratory locust in Ngamiland area in the northern part of the country. She appealed to the public to report to members of the public to report suspected sightings of the locusts to the nearest agriculture office. Botswana is believed to be the first southern African country to register the first case of a locust outbreak.

The swarms of billions of locusts have been destroying crops in Kenya, which hasn't seen such an outbreak in 70 years, as well as Somalia and Ethiopia, which haven't seen this in a quarter of a century. The insects have exploited favourable wet conditions after unusually heavy rains and experts say climate change is expected to bring more of the same.

Locust plague reaches coronavirus-hit China

Locust plague reaches coronavirus-hit China after wreaking havoc across Africa Chilling footage has shown thousands of insects swarming the skies at a border in China. They reportedly come from a plague that has devastated east Africa in recent weeks But the Communist Party of China has tried to downplay the severity of the swarms reaching the country. They claim their modern technology and sufficient stocks which have not been seen in Africa will prevent any widespread damage. That has had little impact among residents already worried about the spread of coronavirus though, which has already killed 1,770 people in mainland China. Another said: “You can believe what the experts say? Just listen to it.” One expert, quoted by the Epoch Times, warned that the locusts could pose a direct threat to China, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. But others were less worried, suggesting they would not be able to spread into the snowy region of Xinjiang. Star

Locust plague timeline

Jan 2019: The holiest site in Islam has been hit by a plague of locusts, forcing cleaners into action to drive the insects out. Footage shared on social media showed the insects swarming around the Great Mosque in Mecca, which hosts millions of Muslim pilgrims every year. TBW

April 2019: A locust outbreak in the Arabian Peninsula has been spreading to Iran, threatening crops and food security in large areas of the coastal province of Hormozgan, an official said.
Director of a department at Horkozgan's agricultural organization told Tasnim that Iran is facing the worst locust attack in the past 40 years. TBW
 
May 2019: "A tenth of the world's population in danger!" Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, Yemen and Oman all in the path of a massive locust swarm. TBW

June 2019: In what is becoming an increasing problem in 2019 yet another locust plague is attacking crops on an unsuspected country. An army of locusts coming from the Pakistan side has laid siege to a western Indian border district. Rajasthan's Jaisalmer district is witnessing the biggest attack in 26 years, said the Locust Warning Organisation (LWO), headquartered in Jodhpur. TBW

June 2019: Millions of locusts have devastated at least 2,000 hectares of crops in Sardinia, Italian farmers union Coldiretti said on Monday, with experts calling the invasion the worst in six decades.
The most affected areas are Nuoro, Ottana and Orani in the middle of the Mediterranean island, with many areas blanketed by the insects, Coldiretti said in a statement. TBW
 
Dec 2019: Biblical sized plagues bringing Somalia to its knees: Record-breaking drought: Cholera epidemic: The worst flooding in living memory: And the biggest locust invasion in 25 years TBW

Jan 2020: The most serious outbreak of desert locusts in 25 years is spreading across East Africa and posing an unprecedented threat to food security in some of the world's most vulnerable countries, authorities say. Unusual climate conditions are partly to blame. The locust swarms hang like shimmering dark clouds on the horizon in some places. Roughly the length of a finger, the insects fly together by the millions and are devouring crops and forcing people in some areas to bodily wade through them. TBW

Jan 2020: Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are dealing with desert locust swarms of “unprecedented size and destructive potential” that could spill over into more countries in East Africa, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Monday. Destroying hundreds of thousands of acres of crops, the outbreak is impacting the region’s food insecurity. The UN agency urged for a collective campaign to deal with the crisis, concerned over the risk that the swarms spill over into more countries in East Africa, “if efforts to deal with the voracious pest are not scaled up across the region”. TBW

Jan 2020: Locust Plague Update" Devastation is unsurmountable." The unprecedented plagues of locusts sweeping across East Africa to grow 500 times bigger by June: One swarm contains billions of locusts. TBW

Feb 2020: A state of emergency was declared in Pakistan to tackle the biggest locust attack in decades. The insects are destroying crops in Punjab province. The Punjab province in Pakistan is the main region for agricultural production. Prime Minister Imran Khan approved a National Action Plan (NAP) that requires a sum of Rs 7.3 billion to overcome the crisis. Minister for National Food Security Khusro Bakhtiar informed the National Assembly about the gravity of the situation. TBW

Feb 2020: Somalia has become the first country in the Horn of Africa to declare a locust infestation sweeping the region as a national emergency. The country's Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement on Sunday the desert locust surge "poses a major threat to Somalia's fragile food security situation"."Food sources for people and their livestock are at risk," it added. "The desert swarms are uncommonly large and consume huge amounts of crops and forage. TBW

Feb 2020" Uganda scrambled to respond to the arrival of the biggest locust outbreak that parts of East Africa have seen in decades, while the United Nations warned Monday that “we simply cannot afford another major shock” to an already vulnerable region. An emergency government meeting hours after the locusts were spotted inside Uganda on Sunday decided to deploy military forces to help with ground-based pesticide spraying, while two planes for aerial spraying will arrive as soon as possible, a statement said. TBW

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 16, 2020 at 7:05pm

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At least 15 birds found mysteriously dead on road in Abbotsford, British Columbia
February 16, 2020

At least 15 birds found mysteriously dead on road in Abbotsford, British Columbia

Ministry of Agriculture notified of the strange occurrence on No. 4 Road The mysterious sight of over a dozen feathered-black carcasses on a rural road between Abbotsford and Chilliwack caused one woman to pull over to get a closer look. Katie Hogan says she doesn’t know how the flock of birds met their end, but she counted 15 bodies in total. “The [birds’] insides were out,” she said. “I don’t know what kind of birds they are, but they are smaller than a crow and black.” Over a dozen of my brothers and sisters found dead on a rural road in #Abbotsford. WHY?!?! pic.twitter.com/SknRYpyo9T — Patrick Penner (@portmoodypigeon) February 15, 2020

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 7, 2020 at 3:05pm

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Thousands of dead fish found floating in stream near Tamil Nadu's Nanjundapuram

Thousands of dead fishes have been found floating on the surface of a stream near the Nanjundapuram check dam in Tamil Nadu. Samples from the water have been collected and sent for examination.

Chennai: Locals in Tamil Nadu alerted concerned authorities about the deaths of as many as a thousand fishes found floating in a stream near the check dam in Nanjundapuram on Thursday. Reports suggest that effluents released into water bodies by bleaching units in Selvapuram could have led to the deaths.
The stream where dead fishes can be seen flows from the Vellalore check dam and flows all the way to the Singanallur tank via the check dam in Nanjundapuram. A team of experts with the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) arrived at the spot and collected water samples that have been sent for examination to ascertain the cause of the deaths.
Residents of areas in and around Nanjundapuram claim that they first saw dead fishes rising up in the stream on Thursday. In almost no time, close to a thousand fishes had reportedly died. This has now led to a situation where the stench of rotting fish carcasses is making it difficult for locals to carry out their daily chores. Some suspect that the loss of marine life could have been the result of a lack of oxygen.

The district environmental engineer cited a preliminary inspection of the water to claim that the total dissolved solvents level in it is around 1,000. Dense water hyacinth in the stream is believed to have led to the depletion of oxygen levels that resulted in the deaths of the fishes. The local MLA has also taised the issue with the city corporation, demanding immediate action in this regard. More details are awaited as this is a developing story.

Check dams, like the one in Nanjundapuram, are used in concentrated-flow areas. They are not usually used in streams or channels. Temporary barriers, check dams prevent erios and promote sedimentation by slowing flow velocities to filtering concentrated flows.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 6, 2020 at 4:22am

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A ‘bat tornado’ has taken over a Queensland town

Thousands of bats have taken over the Queensland town of Ingham, reaching “biblical plague proportions”. 

February 6, 202011:46am

A “bat tornado” has taken over the far north Queensland town of Ingham, reaching “biblical plague proportions”.
“It just seems to me that every bat in Australia is now in Ingham,” Mayor of Hinchinbrook Council Raymon Jayo told A Current Affair in a segment on Wednesday night.
The animals — also known as flying foxes or fruit bats — now outnumber the town’s population by hundreds of thousands.
“It’s like a bat tornado over the town,” Ingham resident Adam Kaurila said.
The town’s Botanical Gardens have been completely overrun with swarms, with some trees so full of bats that they’re buckling under the weight.

The colony is growing at a rapid rate, moving into the trees surrounding the local kindergarten and primary school, concerning a growing group of parents who fear for the safety of their children.
Adam and Susanne Kaurila, who have two daughters, are considering pulling them out of the school for fear of their children being scratched by a diseased bat or getting sick due to exposure.
“They’re not stepping a foot in that ground until something is, we know that is, being done,” Susanne said.

Nearly 250 kilometres away in the town of Charters Towers, one boy knows all too well about the risks of being exposed to the animals.
The town has been overrun by thousands of bats for years, causing the local park to permanently close due to safety risks.
Cody Ruge said he and his mother Renee were listening to music when a bat “just drops out of the tree and like hits the table and as it was coming up it must have scratched me or something”.
He was taken to hospital after he was attacked to receive a vaccine, which required him to have 11 injections.

The biggest concern when it comes to being attacked by a diseased bat is the possibility of contracting lyssavirus, a rabies-like disease contracted through bites and scratches.
In Australia, there have been confirmed cases of bat lyssavirus in humans, all three of which were fatal.
While bats do carry diseases, these are only transferred via scratches or bites, so the community risk level is low, said Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland’s Des Boyland.
He said the animals are vital to our ecosystem, and that dispersing bats can be costly and “rarely very successful”.
Bats are a protected species under Queensland law, meaning the councils in both Ingham and Charters Towers are limited in how they can try and move the animals on.
While nonlethal methods like smoke, noise and light can be used, these methods can’t be put into place when the bats are breeding.

“There’s four different species and because they all have young at different times, there’s hardly a window of opportunity when we can interact with these bats to try and move them on,” Councillor Jayo said.
Local federal member for Charters Towers Bob Katter said he’d been trying to move the bats on from the area for years, and if it were up to him, he’d “be down here with a shotgun”.
“There comes a point where I think breaking the law really becomes ‘dogging it’, as we say in North Queensland. And I think that point has probably been reached,” he said.
In a statement provided to A Current Affair, the Department of Environment and Science (DES) said they were “working to support the Hinchinbrook Shire Council and Charters Towers Regional Council to help them manage flying-fox roosts in their council areas”.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 4, 2020 at 6:16am

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Monday, 3 February 2020
African and Middle East Locust swarms update: A day after Pakistan declared a state of emergency Somalia has declared a national emergency: Agriculture Organization (FAO) "worst situation in 25 years"

Somalia has become the first country in the Horn of Africa to declare a locust infestation sweeping the region as a national emergency. The country's Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement on Sunday the desert locust surge "poses a major threat to Somalia's fragile food security situation"."Food sources for people and their livestock are at risk," it added. "The desert swarms are uncommonly large and consume huge amounts of crops and forage.

"The ministry said the emergency declaration was made to focus efforts and raise funds because it was critical to contain the locust swarms before harvests are due in April. Desert locusts - whose destructive infestations cause large-scale crop damage and hunger - are a species of grasshopper that live largely solitary lives until a combination of conditions promote breeding and lead them to form massive swarms."Given the severity of this desert locust outbreak, we must commit our best efforts to protect the food security and livelihoods of Somali people," said Minister of Agriculture Said Hussein Iid."If we don't act now, we risk a severe food crisis that we cannot afford."

According to the Regional Food Security and Nutrition Working Group, East Africa is already experiencing a high degree of food insecurity, with more than 19 million people facing acute hunger. The locusts have led to what the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has termed the "worst situation in 25 years" in the Horn of Africa. The FAO says the current invasion is known as an "upsurge" - when an entire region is affected - however, if it gets worse and cannot be contained, more than a year or more, it would become what is known as a "plague" of locusts. There have been six major desert locust plagues in the 1900s, the last of which was in 1987-89. The last significant surge was in 2003-05.

A state of emergency was declared in Pakistan yesterday to tackle the biggest locust attack in decades. The insects are destroying crops in Punjab province. The Punjab province in Pakistan is the main region for agricultural production. Prime Minister Imran Khan approved a National Action Plan (NAP) that requires a sum of Rs 7.3 billion to overcome the crisis. Minister for National Food Security Khusro Bakhtiar informed the National Assembly about the gravity of the situation. Khan ordered the formation of a high-level committee to be headed by Bakhtiar to take decisions at the federal level for the elimination of insects. He has directed the authorities concerned to take immediate measures on the basis of damage of ripened crops.

Southwest Asia and the Red Sea area also affected

Numerous desert locust swarms have been breeding in India, Iran and Pakistan since June 2019. And some have migrated to southern Iran where recent heavy rains have nurtured a breeding ground that could generate swarms in the spring. Egypt, Eritrea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen are also seeing substantial breeding activity that could see locust bands expand into swarms in the coming months, FAO added. The agency concluded that it stands ready to leverage its expertise and facilitate a coordinated response. UN

Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are dealing with desert locust swarms of “unprecedented size and destructive potential” that could spill over into more countries in East Africa, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Monday. Destroying hundreds of thousands of acres of crops, the outbreak is impacting the region’s food insecurity. The UN agency urged for a collective campaign to deal with the crisis, concerned over the risk that the swarms spill over into more countries in East Africa, “if efforts to deal with the voracious pest are not scaled up across the region”. South Sudan and Uganda are not currently affected but are at risk.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 1, 2020 at 1:29am

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Iran: massacre of birds on the Caspian Sea, almost 6,000 carcasses. The cause is unknown

01/30/2020, 17.12

Among the affected species the flamingo, the Northern shoveler and the coot. The tests would have ruled out (avian) flu or Newcastle disease. Ban on hunting or selling birds, burning animal carcasses. Among the possible causes, botulinum poisoning from rotting roots.

Tehran (AsiaNews) - At least 6 thousand migratory birds have been found dead in the Miankaleh peninsula, in the province of Māzandarān, northern Iran. Official Irna news agency reports the carcasses were found along the banks of the Caspian Sea that border the villages of Galoogah and Qalehpayan, in the south-eastern town of Behshahr.
Local witnesses report that, on the fourth day of monitoring, the number of dead birds reached 5900. Three of the most affected species: the flamingo, the Northern shoveler and the coot. In a period of international alert for the ongoing coronavirus epidemic, which started from an animal market in Wuhan, China, even the news of a (mysterious) death of birds can cause alarm.
At the moment, the causes of the death are not yet known and the veterinary organizations have not made an official pronouncement. However, the latest tests would have ruled out (bird flu) or Newcastle disease as there were no symptoms such as bruising, bleeding and enlarged spleen.
Hossein-Ali Ebrahimi, head of the environmental department of Mazandaran province, confirms the ban on hunting any species of migratory bird in the eastern province, until further notice, to guarantee the health of the population. At the same time, the sale of birds is also prohibited, until further investigations into the causes of death are made.
In the meantime, the authorities collected the carcasses and burned them as a precaution. Ebrahimi urged the entire population of Mazandaran not to buy or consume wild birds in order to ensure their health. Ali Aboutalebi, an environmentalist in the area, points out that similar cases of mysterious deaths have occurred in the area's forests in recent years; the analyzes showed that some birds were allergic to a particular type of algae and, more generally, "bird deaths show a high risk of poisoning or contamination".
Water pollution is one of the reasons for the massacres of animals. Safar Ali Makenali, deputy director of the Organization of Health and Veterinary Prevention, talks about possible botulinum poisoning and the origin of the toxin to be found in the "roots of decaying plants".
The Miankaleh peninsula is a 48 km long strip between 1.3 and 3.2 km wide, which separates the Gorgan bay from the Caspian Sea. It hosts several unique birds from the Caspian region, as well as reptiles found only in the area. The place is also an important internationally recognized refuge for migratory birds. Excessive grazing, illegal hunting, fishing, deforestation and the unplanned spread of villages are some of the challenges that pose a threat to the region's environment.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 27, 2020 at 1:05am

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Greens not convinced by authorities’ explanations over dead flamingos

January 26 2020

The Green Party on Sunday said they were not convinced by the government services’ explanations that it was lead poisoning and the cold that led to the deaths of around 20 flamingo birds in the Larnaca salt lake.
The dead birds were found on Saturday with authorities saying their deaths were exacerbated by the cold weather. The Game and Fauna service said the stress from the cold along with potential lead poisoning could have accelerated the death of the birds.
But the Green Party on Sunday said they were not convinced by this explanation calling for a probe on whether sewerage waste and other liquids from pipelines in the area end up in the salt lake.
The head of the Game and Fauna Fund, Pantelis Hadjiyerou, said on Saturday lead pellets found in their stomachs caused their deaths. He said they could have been poisoned by lead pellets left in the salt lake, following the shutdown of a shooting range, but they could also have been infected from another region in the world, as flamingos are migratory birds.
The party said Hadjiyerou’s explanations raised more questions since the shooting range was moved some 15 years ago while the salt lake bed had been thoroughly cleaned at the time.
It also recalled that two government ministers gave reassurances to the head of the party a few weeks ago that there was no poisoning risk for the birds from the lead contained in pellets and the material shooting discs are made of.
The argument that the flamingos could have been poisoned with lead from another region “is completely baseless” the party said, recalling that the same argument was voiced in 2003 on a similar occasion but was later proven wrong by facts.
The party said they feel the Game and Fauna service downplayed the case and expect for the results of analyses of the salt lake mud made over the years to be made public as a proof that there is no lead poisoning risk.
Hadjiyerou said on Saturday the deaths were not particularly concerning, as approximately so many flamingos die each year.They also expect to see the results of the histological analysis of the dead flamingos, they said.

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Birds are dropping dead across Rapid City

Jan 13, 2020

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Game Fish and Parks confirmed Pigeon Paramyxovirus, also known as PPMV-1, is affecting Eurasian collared doves in Rapid City and the surrounding areas.

People first started reporting dead birds at the end of 2019 and G F and P officers have found more than 100 cases of PPMV-1 since.

The virus affects the Eurasian collared dove, mourning doves, and band-tailed doves. Pets like dogs and cats won't be impacted.

Trenton Haffley from Game Fish and Parks says that disposing of the infected birds is safe as long as you do it correctly.

"It's perfectly safe to pick them up and we just encourage folks to pick them up, throw them away. But use a glove or some kind of trash bag to protect yourself," said Haffley. "There is a small risk that this disease could actually cause pinkeye or some kind of conjunctivitis in people."

Haffley reiterated that dogs and cats can't catch PPMV-1, but unvaccinated chickens are at risk for the disease.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 21, 2019 at 5:30am

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Birds 'fallen from sky' found dead in street in latest starling death mystery

WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGE: Mystery over deaths of more than 20 starlings

17:25, 20 DEC 2019

Residents were left puzzled and horrified when they woke up to find more than 20 dead starlings strewn across their street.

The birds, which appeared to have fallen out of the sky around a powerline that runs through Sherborne Avenue, Netherton, were found in the morning by people living nearby.

One resident said: “It looks like they just fell out of the sky."

It's unclear what caused the deaths of the birds, and whether they fell from the sky or died while on the ground.

The macabre find comes a week after a similar event in North Wales , where more than 300 starlings were found dead on a country lane in Anglesey .

Speaking to the ECHO at the scene this afternoon, the Netherton resident said: “There’s plenty of cats around here so at least they’ll have a good day.

“I just want someone to move them because my son is touchy about things like this.”

Investigators found the Anglesey birds had died from trauma upon hitting the ground after becoming disoriented while flying as a group - a natural phenomena called a "murmuration."

A spokesperson for the RSPB, the UK's national bird charity, said: "It’s always concerning to see this happen."

"They had possibly been confused by strong sunlight reflected off wet ground."

According to the RSPB, the starling population in the UK has decreased by 66% in recent years, but it is currently unknown why numbers are dwindling.

Another resident of Sherborne Avenue said: “we usually see thousands of them on the powerlines.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 18, 2019 at 6:14am

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World / Science & Health

Scientists seeking cause of huge freshwater mussel die-off in Tennessee


AP

Dec 18, 2019


On a recent late fall afternoon at Kyles Ford, the white branches of sycamore trees overhung the banks of the Clinch River, leaves slowly turning yellow. Green walnuts covered the ground. The shallow water ran fast and cold over the rocky bottom, but it was littered with the white shells of dead mussels.

Freshwater mussels range from about the size of a large button to the size of a billfold, but the work they do for ecosystems is enormous. They can filter around 8-10 gallons of river water each day, cleaning it of algae, silt and even heavy metals and making the whole river a better environment for fish, amphibians, plants and bugs. Mussels also benefit the people who use their rivers as a source of drinking water.

That’s why scientists are working quickly to discover the cause of a massive mussel die-off on the Clinch and understand whether it is related to similar die-offs on at least five U.S. rivers and another in Spain.

The Clinch River, winding 300 miles through Appalachia, is home to 133 species of fish and is one of the most important rivers for freshwater mussels in the world, with 46 different species — more than in all of Europe.

“I always try to get people to call this area a temperate Amazon, because the biodiversity here really is off the charts,” biologist Jordan Richard, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said recently as he stood in waders, surveying the mussel population at Kyles Ford, a rural community of around 525 near the Virginia border.

Richard slogged through thigh-deep water in search of pheasantshell mussels, until recently one of the most abundant species on the river. He spots them easily although to the untrained eye, they aren’t so obvious. Mussels bury themselves in the riverbed, digging in with their single foot and leaving only a crescent of their shells visible.

In 2016, Richard noticed the pheasantshells were dying in large numbers — the population dropping from 94,000 in 2016 to less than 14,000 this year on a 200-meter (219-yard) stretch. He estimates hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, have died in the larger river.

Richard found reports of similar die-offs over the years in rivers around the world, but he didn’t find many answers.

Over the past century, mussel populations everywhere have declined steeply due to pollution, habitat loss and climate change, yet the current decline looks to be something different.

Richard and a team of scientists suspect an infectious disease. By comparing healthy pheasantshell mussels with dying ones, the team is narrowing down a list of suspected pathogens.

“All living things are chock-full of microorganisms, and we don’t have any sort of map for what is healthy inside a mussel,” Richard said.

University of Wisconsin epidemiologist Tony Goldberg is helping with the investigation. He specializes in wildlife diseases of unknown cause — and recently he’s been busy.

“Along with invasive species, we’re seeing invasive pathogens,” Goldberg said. “Often it’s the coup de grace for a species that is holding on by a thread.”

Disease is a big part of the global extinction crisis, he said. For example, white nose syndrome was first discovered in a single New York cave in 2007 and has since killed millions of bats, and chytrid fungus is responsible for the demise of tree frogs and about 200 other amphibian species worldwide.

But Goldberg is hopeful the freshwater mussel team, which includes scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and a nonprofit conservation group, will be able to find the cause of the mussel die-offs and a way to stop them.

“I see it as a race against time, not an impossible task,” Goldberg said. “We’re all motivated by the sinking realization that if we lose these mussels, the rivers we all love are never going to be the same.”

The Clinch, which is relatively pristine on its upper reaches, has seen 10 mussel species go extinct — it used to have 56. Another 20 species there are endangered, including mussels with evocative names such as fluted kidneyshell, snuffbox, birdwing pearlymussel, and shiny pigtoe.

Preliminary results indicate that whatever is killing the pheasantshell mussels on the Clinch is not the culprit in other die-offs under investigation in Wisconsin, Michigan, the Pacific Northwest and Spain.

“There’s not some mussel Ebola sweeping across the world to take out every mussel everywhere,” Goldberg said.

That also means there’s no single cure for what’s killing them.

In Spain, biologist Rafael Araujo is working with Goldberg to figure out what is killing the last of the endangered Spengler’s freshwater mussels in the Imperial Canal on the Ebro River.

“We know that the problem is environmental (dams, water pollution, excess fertilizers, pesticides, exotic species, lack of water, etc.), but we also think that there could be a pathogen (bacteria and/or virus) that is making things worse,” Araujo wrote in an email.

In Oregon and Washington, Emilie Blevins is studying the die-off of western pearlshell mussels in her role as a biologist with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Blevins likens mussel beds to coral reefs in terms of their diversity and contributions to other aquatic life. But she acknowledges, “They just don’t get the spotlight of some other big, beautiful species. A big part of all of our work is … spotlighting how important they are because if we don’t value them, they’re not going to be around.”


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