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From the Editor's Desk: Skywatch Media

Jan 10, 2007
There appears to be a major 'catastrophic' phenomina occuring on Earth which has yet to be understood or explained by leading scientists or governmental entities. As was reported on Skywatch Media recently, strange odors linked to Methane were being witnessed by the public in various sections of the United States as well as other countries. Now the public is encountering a major phenomena that involves the deaths of thousands of bird species, literally falling out of the sky as we speak. Something quite alarming is developing in our atmosphere which has yet to be determined as a natural event, bird flu, or something induced my man. Stay tuned to GRC for further updates, as this story should be ongoing.

Earth News: Texas, USA
Photo Above: Pigeons are seen on tree branches in a file photo. The downtown area of the Texan capital of Austin was closed on Monday as a precaution after the discovery of several dozen dead birds, officials said. (Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters) Review Slideshow

Jan 08, 2007
The discovery of 63 dead birds in downtown Austin led officials to close off part of the Texas city's busy commercial area on Monday, but it was reopened after investigators found no danger to humans. The closure came on a day when several odd incidents occurred, including a mysterious gas smell in New York City. The finding of the dead birds prompted Austin officials to test the city's air for dangerous substances, but they found nothing noxious and reopened the streets around midday. The dead birds -- grackles, sparrows and pigeons -- were being checked for avian flu, but officials said they saw no symptoms and believed it more likely they had been poisoned, possibly deliberately, or affected by near-freezing weather.

Unexplained Events

AUSTRALIA -Jan 09. 2007. A major phenomena has occurred over the West Australian coastal town of Esperance. Several thousands of birds, of many different species, have mysteriously dropped dead out of the sky. Investigations by scientists and vetinarians in the West Australian capital of Perth have failed to discover the cause of the mass deaths. The Australian newspaper says all the residents of flood-devastated Esperance know, is that their 'dawn chorus' of singing birds is missing. The main casualties are wattle birds, yellow-throated miners, new holland honeyeaters and singing honeyeaters, although some dead crows, hawks and pigeons have also been found. Wildlife officers are baffled by the 'catastrophic' event, which the Department of Environment and Conservation said began well before a freak storm last week. The first reports of birds dropping dead in people's yards came in three weeks ago. More than 500 deaths had since been notified. But the calls stopped suddenly last week, reportedly because no birds were left. Birds Australia, the nation's main bird conservation group, said it had not heard of a similar occurrence. 'Not on that scale, and all at the same time, and also the fact that it's several different species. You'd have to call that a MOST UNUSUAL event and one that we'd all have to be concerned about.' The state Department of Agriculture and Food, which conducted the autopsies, has almost ruled out an infectious process. Acting chief veterinary officer said there were no leads yet on which of potentially hundreds of toxins might be responsible. Some birds were seen convulsing as they died. [In September tens of thousands of spectacled flying foxes went missing in far north Queensland in the aftermath of Cyclone Larry, baffling scientists as to their whereabouts. Flying fox numbers in the hardest hit areas of Innisfail, El Arish and Gordonvale had fallen from around 250,000 to 30,000.]

IDAHO - December 13, 2006 - Officials scrambled to determine what has caused the deaths of thousands of mallard ducks in south-central Idaho near the Utah border. Although wildlife experts are downplaying any links to bird flu, they have sent samples to government labs to test for the deadly H5N1 flu strain, among other pathogens. Wildlife officials are calling the massive die-off alarming, with the number of dead mallards rising from 1,000 on Tuesday to more than 2,000 by Wednesday afternoon. "We've never seen anything like this - ever." Preliminary findings by state veterinarians suggest the mallards succumbed to a bacterial infection, officials said. They said it was unclear why a similar outbreak had never before occurred in Idaho. The only mallard die-off roughly equivalent in recent years happened in Waterloo, Iowa in 2005, when 500 ducks died from a fungus they contracted by eating moldy grain. Early clues suggest the outbreak in Idaho is not linked to insecticides applied to surrounding croplands because it is not affecting other bird species or predators feeding on the dead ducks.
Photo Above: Idaho Fish and Game Regional Wildlife Manager Randy Smith (L) examines one of the ducks found dead in Land Creek Springs, Idaho December 13, 2006. Officials scrambled on Wednesday to determine what has caused the death of thousands of mallard ducks along a spring in south central Idaho near the Utah border. (Courtesy of Idaho Department of Fish and Game/Handout/Reuters)
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