More than 3,700 dead birds suddenly drop from the sky in the Yolo Bypass in Sacramento

Wildlife specialists have spent the last three days picking up more than 3,700 dead bird carcasses from the shore in the Yolo Bypass, California.

Laurence Campling, who discovered the mass die-off explains: ‘It’s just shocking to see that kind of die off. I’ve never seen anything with that amount of birds dead in one place! Easily hundreds of bodies, hundreds of birds all along the side of this flooded field.

He took pictures and started to worry that something catastrophic was happening. Jeffrey Stoddard, Wildlife Manager for the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, explained that dead American Coots caught a virus called avian cholera, caused by bacteria. It doesn’t pose a risk to humans but other birds can catch it.

He explains: “It’s something that we deal with in the wildlife area fairly commonly. It’s something that they carry with them year round. It only comes out when they’re stressed. And this time, it’s a physical stress: COLD and WET WEATHER.

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Why Did Nearly 4000 Birds Die In The Yolo Bypass last week?

 

Other birds like ducks, geese and herons can catch the virus too, so the most important step for wildlife experts is collecting the carcasses to keep the scavengers from spreading it around.

UC Davis has volunteered to incinerate the carcasses for FREE.

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  1. […] Wildlife specialists have spent the last three days picking up more than 3,700 dead bird carcasses from the shore in the Yolo Bypass, California. Laurence Campling, who discovered the mass die-off explains: ‘It’s just shocking to see that kind of die off. I’ve never seen anything with that amount of birds dead in one place! Easily hundreds of bodies, hundreds of birds all along the side of this flooded field.‘ He took pictures and started to worry that something catastrophic was happening. Jeffrey Stoddard, Wildlife Manager for the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, explained that dead American Coots caught a virus called avian cholera, caused by bacteria. It doesn’t pose a risk to humans but other birds can catch it. FULL STORY […]

  2. DO NOT ALLOW UC SAVIS TO INCINERATE THESE CARCASES!!! Why would anyone do such a thing, without doing thorough autopsies, unes they are hiding something. DEMAND THOSE CARCASES BE AUTOPSIED BY INDEPENDENT DOCTORS UNASSOCIATED WITH ANY LOCAL, STATE OR FEDERAL AGENCY!!!

  3. 3,700 birds drop out of the sky with a virus. Why now? There is no record of such an event in the early years of America. Besides when do animals – birds all die at the same time from a virus? In epidemics, deaths are spaced out over time, weeks or months. This bird die-off is probably due to some hidden environmental problem hidden from the public, either due to of ignorance or on purpose to hide corporate mistakes. This die-off could happen because of lowered oxygen levels of the atmosphere, as any amount below 19.5 percent atmospheric oxygen may cause death in humans. In birds population, the lack of oxygen may be more dangerous to survival, as they live in the air. Add to that the nuclear fallout from Fukushima and the situation become even more complicated. Over in Sparks Nevada, there was a recent die-off of 100,00 fish which was said to be caused by lack of oxygen in the water. In any case, I don’t believe it was a virus, as other species, such as fish and bees, are also dying off in mass

  4. Birds , Bats , Bees, Trees, Fish ,Mammals, Rivers, Lakes,Oceans
    Humans next ?
    Not for machines it seems – not biological
    Soon there will be a coming or a going soon for ALL

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