In the beginning of things men were animals and animals men. ~ Algonquin saying

"For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much — the wheel, New York, wars and so on — whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man — for precisely the same reasons." ~ The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Mysterious Bird Deaths: Geese and Ducks

 Today's Anomalist opens with a blurb about yet another bird die-off. This time it's geese:
While the recent worldwide bird, fish, crustacean and amphibian die-offs reported over the past several months aren't mentioned in this report by staff writer Tom Henry, many readers are sure to wonder if there is a connection with the strange malady that has left Canada geese and some mallards dead or dying along the western shore of Lake Erie. Dead or dying birds, mostly Canada geese, have been found as far east as Vermilion, OH,...
But when I clicked on the link, this is what popped up:

Story not found

The story you are looking for can't be found.

The reason is that the story doesn't exist.
The same thing happened several weeks ago when reports of bird die-offs in Manitoba came in, right after the Arkansas bird deaths over New Year's. Unconfirmed story of bird deaths in Manitoba, no verifiable links.

Not to worry however; a glitch, because Googling brought up several links. Like this one that the Anomalist refered to: Peculiar geese deaths baffle wildlife officials: Ailment afflicting birds around Lake Erie

Several dozen Canada geese along western Lake Erie's shoreline have recently died or are presumed dead while others have become so sick they cannot hold up their heads, fly, or maintain control of their motor functions.
State wildlife investigators are stumped, awaiting word on tests that a national wildlife laboratory in Wisconsin has been doing on some of the dead birds.
"They will fall out of the sky and have trouble staying upright," said Dave Sherman, a biologist at the Crane Creek Wildlife Research Station the Ohio Department of Natural Resources operates in Ottawa County.

This has been going on in the area for a few weeks. Many birds dying:
"They're throwing their heads back. They're losing all balance and literally almost all back-somersault and have a seizure," according to Laura Zitzelberger, operations director at Nature's Nursery. At least eight or nine of about a dozen geese that were brought to Nature's Nursery either died or had to be euthanized.
Very sad. But some birds have recovered and are alive, according to the article.

As with other die-offs, wildlife authorities don't have an explanation for these deaths.

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