Although, at the time of this writing, there hasn’t been any additional wildlife deaths reported, the internet is still buzzing with possible theories. No matter what official explanations are given, it is no doubt that blackbirds raining from the sky and dead fish layering beaches in amounts measured by tons is cause for concern. Never one to take an explanation without questioning it, I have been pouring over various “conspiracy” theories on the internet. They all seem pretty plausible to me. And I am not the only one. Even Venezuela’s President, Hugo Chavez, reportedly is not buying the explanations that have been offered to us. To recap, in case you have been disconnected for about a week, there have been mass deaths reported in the bird and marine life community on a global scale. The first instance occurred in Arkansas where nearly 100,000 drum fish washed up along a 17 mile stretch of the Arkansas River last week. Local experts could not recall a time when so many fish died at one time and because it was confined to just one species, disease was blamed. A day later, only 100 miles away, black birds fell from the sky just before midnight on New Year’s Eve. Up to 5,000 birds fell in a relatively small area, no more than 800 yards wide, terrifying residents and turning some yards completely black. Residents fled for shelter as the thousands of birds thudded onto roofs, cars, and the ground. One woman was forced to use her umbrella to protect herself from the falling birds. A day later, residents became more concerned as government workers, donning white protective suits and masks, arrived to clean up the carcasses.
The official explanation has been that the New Year’s Eve fireworks caused the sleeping birds to go into a mass panic and fly into each other and objects. Not all are buying it though. Fireworks are set off several times a year in communities all across the world. Why doesn’t this happen more frequently? Preliminary lab tests on these birds concluded they had died from ‘multiple blunt force trauma’, implying that they had flown into something. Their stomachs were empty, ruling out poison. The United States Geological Survey states that it knows of 16 cases over the past 20 years of large number of blackbirds dying at once. That is not a very high percentage suggesting that all the concern is well warranted.
After these remarkable instances, cases of suspicious mass deaths began to emerge at a rapid pace. Only 300 miles away in Louisiana, 500 birds were found dead. They showed signs of internal injuries and blood clots and the official explanation was that they all flew into power lines. Several hundred birds were found dead in the western part of Kentucky. Two million fish were found dead in the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Officials there blame the sudden drop in temperature. Thousands of fish were found dead in a creek in Florida, an area that has not seen cold temperatures for about a week. Thousands of doves were found dead in Italy, dozens of birds died in Sweden; millions of dead fish, crabs, lobsters, and other marine life have washed up on shores in Brazil, England, and New Zealand. Scientists do not believe that these cases are linked. WHAT?! That seems far-fetched. Is it any wonder than everyone is developing a theory? And most are pretty ominous, suggesting that end times are near or that the government is using chemicals on us.
James Manning, a controversial pastor in Harlem, New York, has dubbed the animal deaths ‘Global Katrina 2’ in reference to the New Orleans hurricane, and blamed ¬‘biological warfare’. He’s certain ‘we are in the period referred to as the Tribulation’, and that the Bible makes clear this ¬pre-Apocalypse period will be about environmental catastrophe rather than war. Others point to the Mayan calendar which runs out in 2012 to suggest that the massive wildlife deaths are an indicator that the end is near. Film buffs only have to look at some of Hollywood’s blockbusters to see what the animal deaths mean. In the movie, “Signs,” birds were seen flying into invisible UFO’s that were hovering right above cities. In another movie, “The Core,” birds started falling out of the sky because the earth’s magnetic core, which they use to navigate, has shifted. Others point to sinister plots by the US government.
A program known as High Frequency Active Auroral Research ¬Program, or HAARP, which ¬conducts research into the defense implications of ¬harnessing the upper atmosphere’s ionosphere, is allegedly what President Chavez, among others believe is to blame for the global crisis. Chemtrails, another popular conspiracy theory, has also been suggested. Chemtrails are aircraft vapor trails that consist of chemical agents being sprayed at high altitudes as part of a secret government program. Another theory is that the New Madrid Fault earthquake zone, an area covering much of the U.S. Midwest and south, including Arkansas and Louisiana, is coming to life.
Experts do agree on one thing. We will likely never know the real reason for the massive deaths found all over the world. It is interesting that bird behavior has been studied since the Roman times for clues to the future. Before you discount the crazy alternatives, remember that animals were acting strangely before the tsunami hit eastern Asia in 2004. Animals often know what is going on long before we do. The bird and fish deaths may be something natural – it may be nature serving us a warning that something big is on the way.