January 11, 2011


Wildlife Die-Offs are Relatively Common, Recent Bird Deaths Caused by Impact Trauma

Large wildlife die-off events are fairly common, though they should never be ignored, according to the U.S. Geological Survey scientists whose preliminary tests showed that the bird deaths in Arkansas on New Year’s Eve and those in Louisiana were caused by impact trauma.

Preliminary findings from the USGS National Wildlife Health Center's Arkansas bird analyses suggest that the birds died from impact trauma, and these findings are consistent with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's statement.

The State concluded that such trauma was probably a result of the birds being startled by loud noises on the night of Dec. 31, arousing them and causing them to fly into objects such as houses or trees.

USGS Newsroom - www.usgs.gov/newsroom
10 Jan 2011

Dead birds litter Quebec farm

Another mass bird death has been discovered, this time on a Quebec farm.

Farmer Sylvain Turmel told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. he found about 80 dead pigeons Dec. 18 on his land in St.-Augustin-de-Desmaures, west of Quebec City.

"I found two dead birds in the morning, which is normal; birds sometimes die," he said. "But when I came back one hour later, another 25 had fallen. In the time it took me to pick them up, five more fell to the ground."

CBC News - www.officialwire.com
7 Jan 2011
Location: St.-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Quebec, Canada -  Map It

Hundreds of snapper wash up on beaches

Hundreds of dead snapper have washed up on Coromandel beaches, leaving holidaymakers perplexed.

People at Little Bay and Waikawau Bay, on the north-east of the peninsula, were stunned when children came out of the sea with armfuls of the fish and within minutes the shore was littered with them.

Charlotte Pearsall, whose family have lived at Little Bay for the last 30 years, said she had never seen anything like it.

Stuff.co.nz - www.stuff.co.nz
05 Jan 2011
Photo credit: Charlotte Pearsall
Location: Coromandel Peninsula, North Island, New Zealand - Map It

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Reported Wildlife Mortality Events to the USGS National Wildlife Health Center Updated

USGS and a network of partners across the country work on documenting wildlife mortality events in order to provide timely and accurate information on locations, species and causes of death. This information was updated on January 07, 2011 on the USGS National Wildlife Health Center web page, New and Ongoing Wildlife Mortality Events Nationwide. Quarterly Mortality Reports are also available from this page. These reports go back to 1995.

USGS National Wildlife Health Center
10 Jan 2011
Area: United States


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