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Fireworks Blamed in US Bird Deaths


Animals  (tags: birds, death, fallen from sky, frightened, fireworks, frenzy, arkansas )

Naoko
- 1450 days ago - mdn.mainichi.jp
Scientists said Monday that fireworks appeared to have frightened the birds into such a frenzy that they crashed into homes, cars and eath other. Some may have flown straight into the ground.



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Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 2:46 am
Noted. Thanks, Naoko.
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 2:50 am
Nonsense. If that were true it should be a fairly common sight. We do have fireworks twice a year all over this country, so birds should be dropping with the occasion of fireworks. This occured just after the tornadoes, as did the huge death of drum fish around Missisippi I think it's more to do with the unseasonably warm temperatures that fed the tornadoes, and the crap released by BP during the Oil Spill in the Gulf.
 

Naoko I. (260)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 4:54 am
I don't have enough background knowledge to judge, Kit. Still I suppose the hypothesis that the fireworks triggered (finally) birds to become panic-stricken and lose control would be feasible.
And I wonder if fireworks in large scales would disturbe birds' (or other animals') behaviors now and then. Plus it could also be an environmental hazard.
I'm not saying that Arkansas or any other places should stop fireworks. Just thinking that even "ordinally" activities of humans are affecting other creatures' lives/behaviors/habitats.
 

IE Ries (237)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 4:15 pm

Thank you Naoko, it's not surprising that this information wasn't in mainstream media.

Interestingly, the interview with the ornithologist investigating, "The blackbirds were flying at rooftop level instead of treetop level" to avoid explosions above, said Karen Rowe, an ornithologist with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. "Blackbirds have poor eyesight, and they started colliding with things." wasn't printed in US media. That was left out - probably intentionally.

Kit, didn't it occur to you at all that there might be a reason that information was intentionally left out? The fire-works industry wouldn't be able to profit and make money if it got out that their customers were irresponsible and negligently used their products...resulting in the deaths of thousands of animals all at once. That would be bad press for the crapitalists, and they don't like that.

Before you call something "nonsense," do a little more checking.
 

Donn M. (56)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 8:34 pm
Stranger things have happened.
 
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