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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-02-11 09:42 AM
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More than 1,000 dead birds fall from sky in Ark.
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Source: Washington Post

More than 1,000 dead birds fall from sky in Ark.

The Associated Press
Sunday, January 2, 2011; 1:35 AM

BEEBE, Ark. -- Wildlife officials are trying to determine what caused more than 1,000 black birds to die and fall from the sky over an Arkansas town.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said Saturday that it began receiving reports about the dead birds about 11:30 p.m. the previous night. The birds fell over a 1-mile area of Beebe, and an aerial survey indicated that no other dead birds were found outside of that area.

Commission ornithologist Karen Rowe said the he birds showed physical trauma, and she speculated that "the flock could have been hit by lightning or high-altitude hail."

The commission said that New Year's Eve revelers shooting off fireworks in the area could have startled the birds from their roost and caused them to die from stress.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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