Thousands of birds make crash landing in Utah
2011 12 17

From: MSNBC.MSN.com / AP

Thousands of birds died on impact after apparently mistaking a Wal-Mart parking lot and other areas of southern Utah for bodies of water and plummeting to the ground in what one wildlife expert called the worst downing she’s ever seen.

Crews went to work cleaning up the dead birds and rescuing the survivors after the creatures crash-landed in the St. George area Monday night.
By Tuesday evening, volunteers had rescued more than 2,000 birds, releasing them into nearby bodies of water.

"They’re just everywhere," Teresa Griffin, wildlife program manager for the Utah Department of Wildlife Resource’s southern region, told The Spectrum newspaper in St. George. "It’s been nonstop. All our employees are driving around picking them up, and we’ve got so many people coming to our office and dropping them off."

Officials say stormy conditions probably confused the flock of grebes, a duck-like aquatic bird likely making its way to Mexico for the winter. The birds tried to land in a Cedar City Wal-Mart parking lot and elsewhere.
"The storm clouds over the top of the city lights made it look like a nice, flat body of water. All the conditions were right," Griffin said. "So the birds landed to rest, but ended up slamming into the pavement."

No human injuries or property damage have been reported.
Griffin noted most of the downings she’s seen have been localized, "but this was very widespread."

"I’ve been here 15 years and this was the worst downing I’ve seen," she told the newspaper.

Officials said they were continuing a rescue effort that started Tuesday afternoon and included an enthusiastic group of volunteers. The surviving grebes were released into bodies of water in southern Utah’s Washington County, including a pond near Hurricane.

"If we can put them on a body of water that’s not frozen over, they’ll have a better chance of survival," said Lynn Chamberlain, a wildlife department spokesman.


Article from: msnbc.msn.com





Oklahoma Quake Stirs Bird, Bug or Bat Swarm Seen on Radars (HAARP?)

Birders prepare for count mindful of mass die-offs

Beijing reports mass bird deaths

Dying birds stir extinction fears - New Zealand

Alien contact: Bird deaths due to CIA, UN targeting human life






Related Articles
U.S. government commits avian holocaust with mass poisoning of millions of birds
USDA found to be poisoning bird populations, causing mass die-offs involving millions of birds
Quebec bird deaths stump wildlife officials
Military Testing Behind Mass Bird and Fish Deaths?
Weather radar shows something unusual around time birds fell
Mass Bird & Fish Die-Offs Go Global, Spark End Times Panic
The 10 Leading Theories For Dead Birds And Fish
Sun "Fireworks" Responsible for the Mass Killing of Birds?
"External force" behind Swedish bird death
Thousands of Birds Fall Dead in South America Too


Latest News from our Front Page

Extremists to have Facebook and Twitter vetted by anti-terror police
2014 09 30
Theresa May to announce new Extremist Disruption Orders to strengthen counter-terrorism if the Tories win the next general election Extremists will have to get posts on Facebook and Twitter approved in advance by the police under sweeping rules planned by the Conservatives. They will also be barred from speaking at public events if they represent a threat to “the functioning of democracy”, ...
Scottish Independence: Protesters demand revote
2014 09 30
Pro-independence campaigners gathered outside the Scottish Parliament for the second day in a row, this time to demand a revote of the September 18 referendum. While yesterday’s “Rally For A Revote” saw the return of Saltires and Yes banners to Holyrood, it did not match the turnout for the “Voice Of The People” rally held on Saturday, when up 3000 people ...
Water rationing hits California: limit of 50 gallons per person per day or face fines of $500
2014 09 29
Millions of Californians are about to be hit with strict water rationing -- daily "allocation" numbers that represent the maximum amount of water you’re allowed to use for any purpose. Households that exceed the allocation limit will face stiff fines of hundreds of dollars per violation. "In July, the State Water Resources Control Board passed stage one emergency regulations, giving powers ...
Much of Earth’s Water is Older than the Sun
2014 09 29
Much of the water on Earth and elsewhere in the solar system likely predates the birth of the sun, a new study reports. The finding suggests that water is commonly incorporated into newly forming planets throughout the Milky Way galaxy and beyond, researchers said — good news for anyone hoping that Earth isn’t the only world to host life. “The implications of ...
Did the Vikings Get a Bum Rap?
2014 09 29
A Yale historian wants us to rethink the terrible tales about the Norse. This illustration shows the stereotype of Viking marauders wreaking mayhem, even on clergy. The scene depicts the monastery at Clonmacnoise, Ireland. The Vikings gave no quarter when they stormed the city of Nantes, in what is now western France, in June 843—not even to the monks barricaded in the ...
More News »