Patt Morrison for January 4, 2011

A Hitchcock mystery - why are birds falling from the sky?

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Three days after thousands of blackbirds were found dead in Arkansas, some 500 red-winged-blackbirds and starlings were found dead along a quarter-mile stretch of highway in Louisiana, hundreds of miles to the south.

Like something out of a Sci-Fi movie script or the beginning of the apocalypse, 100,000 drum were found belly-up in the Arkansas River over the weekend. A day later, somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000 red-winged blackbirds dropped dead from the sky in Beebe, Arkansas. Yesterday, 500 more dead blackbirds were found scattered along a quarter-mile of Louisiana highway. Necropsies show the Arkansas birds died of blood cots caused by some kind of internal trauma. Was it the weather, fireworks, test runs for the End of Days? While the hype has set conspiracy theorists a tweeting, Patt checks in with the Audubon society for some scientific explanation of this peculiar occurrence.

Guest:

Greg Butcher, director of bird conservation at the National Audubon Society


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