The same time last year, we had written about thousands of blackbirds falling from the sky in Arkansas. So, who would have thought this would occur again? In celebration of New Year’s Eve, residents set off fireworks. It is believed that the noise made the birds stressed and disoriented causing them to crash into buildings and cars.
In 2010, the combination of the dead blackbirds and dead drum fish washing up on the shores of the Arkansas River, conspiracy theorists and filmmakers speculated about an apocalypse.
“I guess we could have an annual blackbird watch. People can just bring their umbrellas, open them up and walk through the neighborhood and hope they don’t get hit, Beebe Police Chief Wayne Ballew said.
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In St. George, Utah thousands of migratory birds plummeted to their deaths after mistaking snow covered areas for bodies of water. About 1,500 birds had died, while around 3,000 were rescued by volunteers and the local wildlife program.
“The storm clouds over the top of the city lights made it look like a nice, flat body of water. All the conditions were right,” said Teresa Griffin, wildlife program manager for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resource’s southern region.
The birds were “eared grebes,” a bird that resembles a duck and were likely heading to the Mexican coast when they stopped for a short break.
Kevin McGowan, who studies birds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, N.Y., said grebes rely on starlight to navigate during their nighttime migration.However, the artificial lights disorients birds and their sense of direction as well as visibility.
The rescued birds were brought back to bodies of water where they seemed energetic, according to officials.
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