More Bird Die Offs – What Is Happening?

Hundreds of thousands of migratory birds dead in one of the Southwest’s largest bird die-offs on record, U.S.

Hundreds of thousands of migratory birds dead in one of the Southwest's largest bird die-offs on record, U.S.

Mystery ensues across New Mexico as hundreds of thousands of migratory birds have been found dead across the state in one of the Southwest’s largest bird die-offs in recent memory. Scientists are examining the reason behind the alarming event, looking at possible factors such as the wildfires on the West Coast, the cold snap in the Mountain West, or the drought in the Southwest.

“It’s just terrible,” said Professor Martha Desmond from the New Mexico State University, noting that the figures are larger than ever seen before.

“The number is in the six figures. Just by looking at the scope of what we’re seeing, we know this is a very large event, hundreds of thousands and maybe even millions of dead birds, and we’re looking at the higher end of that.”

The mysterious deaths began around August 20, when a large number of dead birds were discovered at the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range and White Sands National Monument.

Scientists initially believed that it was an isolated incident, but it turned out to be a bigger problem when hundreds more dead birds were seen in other regions across the state, including Doña Ana County, Jemez Pueblo, Roswell, and Socorro.

Residents reported seeing birds behaving unusually prior to their deaths. For instance, birds that are commonly seen in trees and shrubs have been found on the ground chasing bugs. Many birds appeared lethargic and unresponsive while on the ground until they get hit by cars.

Desmond, along with other biologists from White Sands Missile Range, started identifying, cataloging, and analyzing around 300 dead birds to learn more about their condition when they died.


Martha Desmond/New Mexico State University

Among the species of dead migratory birds found were warblers, sparrows, bluebirds, blackbirds, the western wood pewee, and flycatchers. Some were also found in Colorado, Texas, and Mexico.

One of the factors being considered by biologists is the wildfires on the West Coast, which may have forced the birds to migrate earlier. “Birds who migrated before they were ready because of the weather might have not had enough fat to survive,” Desmond explained.

“Some birds might have not even had the reserves to start migrating so they died in place.” She added, “We began seeing isolated mortalities in August, so something else has been going on aside the weather events and we don’t know what it is. So that in itself is really troubling.”

Some of the birds will be examined at the US Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory in Oregon to identify their exact cause of death, but it would take some time to get the results. Desmond remarked that climate change played a role in mass deaths.

“This is devastating,” she continued, “We lost three billion birds in the U.S. since 1970, and we’ve also seen a tremendous decline in insects, so an event like this is terrifying to these populations and it’s devastating to see.”


Image credit: Martha Desmond/New Mexico State University

Meanwhile, Jenna McCullough and Nicholas Vinciguerra, doctoral ornithology students from the University of New Mexico, surveyed the affected area and gathered a total of 305 birds, including 258 violet-green swallows.

“Many of them have little to no fat, many are underweight, and there’s not a lot of external signs that they have been inhaling a lot of smoke,” said McCullough.

Dr. Andrew Farnsworth, a senior research associate at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, noted that the deaths started before the sharp temperature drop in New Mexico last week, adding that the die-off amounted to a major event,” in the wider problem of migratory birds being killed by other instances.

“It’s different this year than other years,” he said, also noting that the wildfires could be a potential factor. “We’ve had plenty of hot summers but very few that have had these huge-scale fires combined with heat combined with drought.”

Tristanna Bickford, a spokeswoman for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, agreed that it would take time before biologists conclusively identify the reason for the die-off.

Some specimens will also be sent to the National Wildlife Health Center in Wisconsin for examination, where it would take months to diagnose the cause.

“This is definitely not a normal thing,” stated Bickford, urging people to wear gloves if they collect specimens and hand them over to authorities.

Featured image credit: Martha Desmond/New Mexico State University


EMF’s, Bird Deaths, & More



by Joseph P. Farrell

While various platforms are rushing around censoring any mention of potential connections of [ELECTROMAGNETIC TECHNOLOGY REFERENCE CENSORED] to [THE STORY THAT EVERYONE IS SICK OF HEARING ABOUT WHICH HAS BEEN CENSORED], J.H. found an intriguing paper that indicates that my hypothesis about those sudden bird deaths being due to electromagnetic tests of some sort may be true. Here’s the article:

Cardioprotection from stress conditions by weak magnetic fields in the Schumann Resonance band

Now, citing just a bit from the abstract, and from the beginning of the body of the paper, we read this (from the abstract):

The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of extremely weak magnetic fields in the ScR first mode frequency range on the spontaneous contractions, calcium transients and Creatine Kinase (CK) release of rat cardiac cell cultures. We show that applying 7.8 Hz, 90 nT magnetic fields (MF) causes a gradual decrease in the spontaneous calcium transients’ amplitude, reaching 28% of the initial amplitude after 40 minutes of MF application, and accompanied with a gradual decrease in the calcium transients’ rise time. The mechanical spontaneous contractions cease after the ScR fields have been applied for more than 30 minutes, when the calcium transient’s amplitude reached ~60% of its initial value.The influence of the ScR MF was reversible, independent of the field magnitude in the range 20 pT-100 nT, and independent of the external DC magnetic field. However, the effect is frequency dependent; the described changes occurred only in the 7.6–8 Hz range. In addition, applying 7.8 Hz, 90 nT MF for 1.5 hours, reduced the amount of CK released to the buffer, during normal conditions, hypoxic conditions and oxidative stress induced by 80 μM H2O2. We show that the ScR field induced reduction in CK release is associated with a stress response process and has a protective character. (Emphases added)

And this, from the main body of the paper:

The ability of a cardiomyocyte to contract depends on the proper operation of many biological processes. Calcium ion transients are the key mediators between the mechanical contractions and the cardiac action potentials which initiate the contractions. The calcium influx and the calcium release from the Sarcoplasmic Reticulum (SR) in phase 2 of the action potential increases the free calcium concentration in the cytoplasm. This free calcium triggers the physical contraction mechanism. We therefore examined the ScR MF influence on the mechanical contractions and their triggering calcium transients as a basis for a more thorough investigation. In addition, in order to examine whether the impact is of a protective or a destructive nature, we examined the influence of ScR MF on CK release during normal, hypoxic and oxidative stress conditions. The dependency on the MF characteristics: magnitude, frequency and additional DC MF was studied in order to understand the physical mechanism behind the phenomena. (Emphasis added)

It is interesting to note that the authors of the paper are wondering if the impact is of “a destructive nature.”

But reading that statement in the abstract – “The mechanical spontaneous contractions cease after the ScR fields have been applied for more than 30 minutes, when the calcium transient’s amplitude reached ~60% of its initial value.” –  would seem to be an answer in the affirmative.

So what does that mean? Very simply, that magnetic fields within the range of the Schumann cavity resonance, which is about 8 Hz, cause interference with biological cells’ ability to process calcium transients necessary for cardiac cells – in this case of rats(the rodent kind, not the human kind) – to contract. Or to put it even more simply, under certain conditions of external electro-magnetic stress, those calcium-transients’ ability to influence contractions dissipates, and voila, instant cardiac arrest, an arrest which might, under certain circumstances, cause cellular pathologies that look like something else. And in any case, it might indicate that something like this mechanism is  behind all those sudden and strange drops of flights of birds, stone cold dead, out of the sky, which were, let us recall, explained away as “sudden onset bird flu.”

In any case, there’s another point implied by the paper, and that is that cellular responses can be triggered by the electromagnetic environment, and if they can be triggered by that environment, it’s but a very short step to the notion that that environment can be engineered to create certain cellular responses, and from there, it’s but yet another short step to the notion that this could be engineered to work in tandem with other technologies, like nano-technology (Dr. Lieber, anyone?) or viruses.

But of course, we’re  not supposed to be thinking along those lines, of the possibilities of [ELECTROMAGNETIC TECHNOLOGY REFERENCE CENSORED] in relationship to [THE STORY THAT EVERYONE IS SICK OF HEARING ABOUT WHICH HAS BEEN CENSORED].

It’s already five o’clock.


…Time to get the latest corona virus update from Dr. Grouchy (rhymes with Fauci).

See you on the flip side…


Black Birds Drop Dead in Winnipeg

Dozens of black birds drop dead in Manitoba

Published: Aug. 8, 2013 at 3:55 PM

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Wildlife experts in Manitoba said they are attempting to determine what caused dozens of black birds to fall dead from the sky.

Authorities said conservation officers removed more than 50 bird carcasses from a Winnipeg neighborhood Wednesday and the Winnipeg Humane Society took custody of 11 black birds that fell from the sky but remained alive, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Thursday.

Erika Anseeuw, the humane society’s director of animal health, said the surviving birds seem to be alert, but they are unable to fly or stand up. She said the birds will be euthanized and autopsies will be performed at a pathology lab.

Anseeuw said investigators still do not know the cause of the bird deaths, but they may have been exposed to disease or something poisonous.

“My suspicion is this is what it’s going to be rather than any kind of apocalyptic foretelling of birds falling from the sky,” she told CBC Radio’s “Up to Speed” program.

Mass Blackbird Fall in Arkansas

Fireworks or something else?  Everyone has their own take on it.

Dead Blackbirds Fall Again In Arkansas Town


File photo of blackbirds.

BEEBE, Ark. — Authorities in a central Arkansas town say about 100 blackbirds died on New Year’s Eve after being spooked by fireworks, far less than the thousands that perished there a year ago.

Beebe police Lt. Brian Duke said Sunday that officials asked local residents who were celebrating the year’s end to stop setting off fireworks after blackbirds again started flying into objects and each other.

The state Game and Fish Commission says someone appears to have targeted a blackbird roost this year and that there was evidence of fireworks at the roost.

Large numbers of migrating blackbirds roost in the community northeast of Little Rock. Last year, fireworks were blamed after thousands of birds were rousted from their roosts and flew into homes, cars, telephone poles and each other.