A few reasons to explain the exodus could include the following:
- It is said that changes in the magnetic field of the planet which often precede large earthquakes (or tectonic shifts due to the current polar shift of the planet) can confuse the sense of direction for most animals (including people) affecting the MINERAL MAGNETITE in their bodies that facilitate migration.
- Lack of oxygen in the water due to the BP spill is taking its toll on our oceans worldwide.
- Harsh winters…
- And now this: USDA Admits Exterminating Birds, Crops and Bees (08/15/12)
- Bee die-offs: Whilst the insecticides and neurotoxins are the major cause of the die-offs, there are other reasons as well. Electro-magnetic radiation from cell towers, climate change (harsh weather), climate change shifting seasons affecting their food supply, invasive parasites, pole shift migration changes, etc. are also causes.
- 2012 Mass Animal Deaths
- A compilation of earth changing climate and animal deaths (as of April 2012) that can be attributed to various reasons (beyond USDA’s involvement) such as solar flares, global warming, tsunamis, changes in the magnetic field, etc. :
- 5/07/11 – Tens of Thousands of Elk, Moose & Deer, Yellowstone Park, USA
- 4/19/11 – Thousands of Sardines, Ventura Harbor, CA USA
- March 2011 – Thousands of Fish, Baltic Sea
- 3/19/11 – 400 Pilot Whales, East Falklands The pod of whales apparently died after becoming stranded on the uninhabited Speedwell island to the south west of East Falkland and were discovered by Christopher May a local sheep farmer. Chris May told Mercopress he discovered the stranded whales around 12 March when he visited his sheep farm on Speedwell Island to the south of East Falklands. He estimated that they had been dead for around 10 days, when he discovered the unaccountable incident which scientists have long attempted to diagnose. More: http://en.mercopress.com/2011/03/19/falklands-reports-grounding-of-a-pod-of-400-pilot-whales
- 3/18/11 – 21 Whales, Sydney, AustraliaSYDNEY (AFP) – Twenty-one long-finned pilot whales have died but 11 were saved after beaching themselves at Bruny Island, south of the Tasmanian state capital Hobart, conservation officials said on Friday. The whales became stranded on Thursday and were spotted by a passing yacht, which alerted authorities who rushed to Butlers Beach and frantically doused them with water hoping to keep them alive. More: http://au.news.yahoo.com/queensland/a/-/world/9036302/21-whales-die-11-saved-in-australian-beaching/
- 3/15/11 – 110,000 Albatross Chicks, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge (Near Hawaii)Federal officials are now estimating that more than 110,000 Laysan and black-footed albatross chicks – about 22 percent of this year’s albatross production — at Midway Atoll National Refuge in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument because of last week’s earthquake in Japan. Immediately following the March 11 quake and tsunami, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated “tens of thousands” of albatross chicks have been lost along with 1,000 adult birds resulting from the tsunami that washed over Midway’s three low-lying islands March 10-11. Federal officials said least 2000 adults were also killed. Biologists also initially estimated that thousands of Bonin petrels were lost, but they have since been unable to confirm a number due to the species’ behavior of nesting underground. Their burrows are not as extensively mapped as the albatross nests. More: http://articles.cnn.com/2011-03-18/us/tsunami.birds.deaths_1_tsunami-waves-laysan-bonin-petrels?_s=PM:US
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/03/thousands-of-nesting-albatross-swept-away-by-tsunami.php In related news, the sad discovery of garbage and plastics found inside Albatross birds. (Note: NOT easy to view these images.) http://planetgreen.discovery.com/slideshows/travel-outdoors/chris-jordan-midway-birds.html
- 3/12/11 – Mackeral, Acapulco, Mexico: Masses of sardines, anchovies, stripped bass and mackerel surged close to shore Friday on one beach in the Mexican resort city, packed so tightly near the surface they looked like an oil slick from above… “It would fall into that category where you would love to make the connection, but who knows?” said Rich Briggs, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. “Tsunamis can change local currents, but it’s hard to make a firm connection.” ©2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
- 3/9/11 – Millions of Sardines in Redondo Beach, California USA Millions of fish have been found dead floating in a harbour in Los Angeles’ south. The fish — made up of sardines, anchovies and mackerel — have carpeted King Harbour at Redondo Beach, the LA Times reports. “There’s basically fish everywhere you go in the harbour,” assistant harbour manager Jason McMullin told the Times. Although officials have remained silent over possible causes for the mass deaths, Mr McMullin said he had heard the fish might have been driven into the harbour by an algal bloom and died from a lack of oxygen in the confined waterway. The Contra Coast Times said fire, police and public works personnel were on the scene and trying to work out how to remove the fish. “We need to get rid of them,” Sergeant Phil Keenan from Redondo Beach police department told the Times. “This is going to create a terrible pollution and public health issue if we don’t.” Birds that frequent the area have already gorged on the feast of dead fish and there are fears the area will now be invaded by sea lions looking for an easy meal.
- 2/22/11 – More Pilot Whales, New ZealandTwitter was awash today with theories that the bizarre deaths of more than 100 stranded pilot whales in New Zealand may have been a warning that an earthquake was going to hit. There have been TWO mass whale deaths on NZ’s South Island in less than three weeks. In the latest bizarre incident on Sunday, less than 48 hours before the earthquake hit, a pod of whales beached themselves near Cavalier Creek on Stewart Island. Discussing the earthquake and whale deaths on Twitter, Kate Redman ‘DolphinSeeker30’ asked: “could the stranding of 100 pilot whales be linked to the earthquake?” CodeNameTanya tweeted: “Over a hundred pilot whales beached themselves in New Zealand and then the earthquake. Wonder if tectonic plate shifts confuse whales. Hmmm.” VeganWheekers asked: “Could there be a connection between the 107 whales that died on New Zealand beach yesterday and today’s earthquake?” while TV New Zealand added: “has anyone noticed the correlation between beached whales and earthquakes?” Following the discovery of 30 stranded pilot whales on the island earlier this month, RadioLive breakfast show host Marcus Lush tweeted that an earthquake “greater than five” would hit in the next week. Source: UK Mirror by Chris Powers
- 2/7/11 – Thousands of Dead Fish in Florida
- 2/3/11 – Mass Tree Deaths in the Amazon
Scientists fear billions of tree deaths caused by 2010 drought could see vast forest turn from carbon sink to carbon source. Aerial view of a drought-affected area within the Amazon basin in Manaus, Brazil. Photograph: Rodrigo Baleia/LatinContent/Getty ImagesBillions of trees died in the record drought that struck the Amazon in 2010, raising fears that the vast forest is on the verge of a tipping point, where it will stop absorbing greenhouse gas emissions and instead increase them.The dense forests of the Amazon soak up more than one-quarter of the world’s atmospheric carbon, making it a critically important buffer against global warming. But if the Amazon switches from a carbon sink to a carbon source that prompts further droughts and mass tree deaths, such a feedback loop could cause runaway climate change, with disastrous consequences.”Put starkly, current emissions pathways risk playing Russian roulette with the world’s largest forest,” said tropical forest expert Simon Lewis, at the University of Leeds, and who led the research published today in the journal Science. Lewis was careful to note that significant scientific uncertainties remain and that the 2010 and 2005 drought – thought then to be of once-a-century severity– might yet be explained by natural climate variation.”We can’t just wait and see because there is no going back,” he said. “We won’t know we have passed the point where the Amazon turns from a sink to a source until afterwards, when it will be too late.”
1/11/11 – Shocking Mass Animal Deaths Around The Worldby Blythe Copeland
Just a few weeks into 2011, and it’s already a tough year for the animal kingdom: Mass deaths of blackbirds, spot fish, sardines, croakers, doves, and other creatures are going mostly unexplained in regions all over the world (as this helpful Google Map points out). But these population injuries aren’t entirely uncommon: From beached whales and dead penguins to massive fish kills and threatened manatees, 2010 had its share of bad news, too. Often these events are blamed on temperature change, human activity, or natural causes, but in many of the cases we’ve included here, we may never know exactly what caused massive destruction on these fragile populations. Image: Google Maps Article includes the following animals:
Birds Dying Around the World
Image: InquistrBird deaths have been getting most of the attention lately, as reports of thousands of birds dropping out of these sky have come in from the United States, Sweden, New Zealand, and other countries worldwide. On New Year’s Eve, 2,000 blackbirds died in Arkansas; similar deaths in Louisiana and Kentucky followed. Sweden reported 50 dead birds a few days later, and 100 more dead blackbirds were found in New Zealand. Current thinking is that the birds were victims of physical trauma — which could mean anything from a lightening strike or hail to fireworks that frightened the birds into colliding with each other. Photo: hart_curt/Creative Commons
Whales in New Zealand
New Zealand is dangerous territory for the pilot whales that pass by the island during breeding season each year. Last winter, 168 of the massive mammals were found stranded on beaches and couldn’t be rescued (though conservation workers were able to save 76 other beached whales in the region). In 2003, 160 whales died in the same region — though biologists are still unable to say exactly why the area is so treacherous. Photo: China Daily
Penguins in BrazilIt’s not unusual for residents of Sao Paulo, Brazil, to find a few dead penguins on their beaches in the summer: It’s migrating season for the Magellans, and there are always a few that don’t survive the trip. But last summer, officials found “an absurdly high number” of the birds dead on their beaches: nearly 500 (the usual annual count is around 10). While many of the birds were found with empty stomachs, indicating starvation as a cause of death, the cause of the starvation remains a mystery. Photo: elisfanclub/Creative Commons
Fish Near the Gulf of MexicoThe long-term effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are still coming to light, but two massive fish kills shortly after the spill in nearby regions put environmentalists on guard.
TreeHugger’s Brian Merchantcaptured these images of dead catfish littering the beaches of Dauphin Island, Alabama, in May 2010; though he says that the fish wash up on those beaches for other reasons — like disease, and fishing — the numbers this year were higher than usual. And in September, countless sea creatures of varying kinds — including pogies, redfish, shrimp, eel, crabs, and more — were found clogging a section of the Mississippi River in Louisiana.
Though initial reports pointed to the oil spill as the culprit, later research showed that the fish were the victims of a deadly combination of low tides and unseasonably warm waters. Photo: Brian Merchant
Fish in Maryland and MassachusettsFish in the Atlantic can be just as susceptible to the warming waters as their fellow swimmers in the south, though — as illustrated by two major fish kills in the northern U.S. that occurred within four months of each other. In August, residents of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, called attention to thousands of Menhaden fish that were washing up on beaches; local marine fisheries explained that the Menhadens are especially “sensitive to environmental changes,” and gave the cause of death as “lack of oxygen due to warmer waters.” Then, in early January, 2 million adult spot fish died in the Chesapeake Bay, where record lows of 36 degrees in December caused “cold-water stress” that the fish couldn’t overcome. (The region had seen similar die-offs before: 15 million fish in 1976 and another in 1980.) Photo: Baltimore Sun
Devil Crabs in EnglandWithin the first week of 2011, officials in Kent, England, reported that devil crabs were washing up on the coastline in massive numbers. While the crabs were the major invaders — The Mirror estimated that 40,000 dead Devil Crabs made up the bulk of the influx — they weren’t alone. Other sea life, including starfish, lobsters, anemones, and sponges, were spotted on the beaches, too. Here, though, experts blamed temperature change for the mass death, pinning it to “hypothermia after the UK’s coldest December in 120 years.” Screenshot: BBC
Sardines in BrazilOn December 30, the fishing industry in Parana, Brazil, ground to a halt as more than 100 tons of dead sardine, croaker, and catfish began landing on its beaches. Initial reports pointed to an “environmental imbalance” or to a chemical spill that could have affected the fish population — and Planet Green points out that a naturally-occurring ocean event, like a toxic algae bloom, or the results of human activities (especially bottom trawling) could have the same end result. Photo: rockyeda/Creative Commons
Manatees in FloridaFish aren’t the only creatures threatened by a change in water temperature: For a group of manatees in the Gulf of Mexico, unusually cold weather is a dangerous thing. Last year, more than 100 manatees washed up on the shores of South Florida in the first three weeks of January alone — officials blamed that death toll on chilly waters. This year, the BBC reports that 300 manatees have fled the cool currents for the warmth of discharge canals at Big Bend Power Station in Tampa, Florida. Photo: USFWS/Southeast/Creative Commons
Doves in ItalyResidents of Faenza, Italy, have been faced with the deaths of far more than two turtle doves: 1,000 of the birds have been found dead in the village in the last few days. The birds were all found with blue stains on their beaks; scientists’ current theory is that the birds stuffed themselves with sunflower seeds from an industrial site and “suffered from indigestion that led to their death.” The blue stains, they say, are a result of a lack of oxygen that’s a warning sign for altitude sickness.
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By Blythe Copeland, Great Neck, New York
on January 11, 2011