December 3, 2009


Massive fish kill investigated
02 Dec 2009
R Hornacek
Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Location: Lake Puckaway, Green Lake County, Wisconsin, USA - Map It

This weekend, as many as 2,000 fish washed ashore at Lake Puckaway. The dead fish include walleye, white bass and carp.

. . . "We're quite confident that we know what caused it or who caused it but we're not at liberty to give any additional info right now," said fisheries supervisor Ron Bruch. He said that's because the DNR is still investigating the fish kill.

Bruch does not believe environmental factors played a role in the fish kill, but the DNR is looking at the possibility of disease. The agency is also looking into whether nets from a commercial carp removal company caused the fish kill.

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As bees continue to die off, suspicion turns to chemically coated seeds and other factors
Star-Telegram -
29 Nov 2009
B Hanna
Photo credit: L Ward/Star-Telegram

. . . Last winter, 29 percent of U.S. hives were lost to the mysterious phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder, according to a survey conducted by the Apiary Inspectors of America and the U.S. Agriculture Department. The disorder was first noticed in 2005.

Colony collapse disorder has a variety of suspected causes: pesticides, varroa mites, viruses, stress from shipping hives long distances to pollinate crops — or some combination. Colony collapse disorder typically affects commercial hives and generally not those kept by hobbyists.

But some researchers and environmentalists are focusing again on pesticides as the key culprit.

Rescued and rehabilitated: Seabirds return to the sea
The Daily Astorian -
02 Dec 2009
C Profita
Photo credit: V Huang/The Daily Astorian

. . . First, thousands of birds washed up on beaches on the Olympic (Wash.) Peninsula; then they started showing up on the Long Beach (Wash.) Peninsula.

Volunteers in Clatsop and Pacific counties rescued hundreds of suffering birds clear down to Cannon Beach and took them to the Wildlife Center in Olney.

When the center became overwhelmed, 150 birds were trucked to the International Bird Rescue Research Center in Fairfield, Calif. Soon after, 125 more birds took their place at the Olney center. Then, the U.S. Coast Guard offered to fly about 350 birds to be housed and treated in Fairfield.

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