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Why Did the Birds Die in Beebe, Arkansas?

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Remember at the beginning of 2011 when thousands of birds died in Beebe, Arkansas?  What ever happened with that investigation?  When the birds were tested, did they find any poison?

Some people are saying that the birds might have been killed by man-made electromagnetic radio waves.

One explanation for the bird deaths given by corporate-owned media was that the blackbirds were startled and flew into mailboxes and buildings.

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Beebe, AR - in the country.

No mailboxes here.

No mailboxes here.

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Few if any structures to be found.

The above photos are frames from a Youtube video by “DominionAngel”.

Beebe is in the country.  If birds are flying into stuff in this town, then they would really have trouble in crowded cities like Little Rock.  With this logic, you would see more bird deaths in cities than you would in the country.  If it’s true that birds get startled and kill themselves out in the country, then it’s a miracle that there are any birds at all alive today in the cities.

Dead blackbirds cover the road in Beebe, AR.  Notice the lack of buildings.

Dead blackbirds cover the road in Beebe, AR. Notice the lack of buildings.

Image above from a Youtube video.

Something else killed the birds.

Pesticides?

Beebe has farms.  And many farms spray pesticides on their crops.  I read an interesting comment at newsnet5.com:

“The world was concerned about the killing of the Bumble Bee – New evidence now indicates that the pesticide clothianidin is to blame – Birds ingest this pesticide and it is also washed into the water…”

What is clothianidin?  This pesticide is apparently made by Bayer and is banned in Germany, France, Italy and Slovenia.  Clothianidin is called Poncho in Europe.  This pesticide was found in 99% of the dead bees found at a collapsed colony, which might be one reason why it was banned in these European countries.  [ Source:  newswithviews.com ]

According to Wikipedia:

Clothianidin is absorbed by plants and then distributed in pollen and nectar, killing pests.

Birds eat bugs, don’t they?  What happens if the birds eat the bugs that ate the poison?  What happens if this poison is applied to a farm of corn, then a flock of birds fly in to eat the pests and corn seeds on that farm?

Bayer Makes Clothianidin

Bayer does business in Arkansas and has a history of legal trouble.  Bayer has been accused of spreading the AIDS/HIV virus around the world.  But locally, Bayer was ordered to pay Arkansas farmers and Riceland nearly $137 million over GMO rice contamination.  [Source]

Bayer, a producer of insecticides, also genetically modifies food crops.  Bayer was sued in Arkansas over the contamination of normal rice by genetically engineered rice or GMO rice. “The farmers said an experimental rice strain developed by Bayer called Liberty Link was allowed to make its way into the stream of commercially marketed rice. Liberty Link was developed to withstand a popular herbicide that kills weeds in the fields.” [ Source: jerebeasleyreport.com ]

I have made the personal decision to boycott all Bayer products.

The main products I recognized in the long lists above is the over-the-counter drugs Aleve and Alka-Seltzer. I actually have some Alka-Seltzer in my house now, but I will never buy it again.  (Besides, I don’t like the way Alka-Seltzer dumbs me down when I take it.) No more Aleve or Alka-Seltzer for this household.

I don’t know if Bayer kills birds, but they do market and sell poison that kills insects.  And they are contaminating rice crops with GMO rice.  I am strongly against the use of poisons and GMO crops in Arkansas.  So that means I am against Bayer.  There are other companies that could share the blame for poisoning our land but Bayer has a long history.

Red-Wing Blackbird Autopsy Results

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Dead redwing blackbird

Image from a Youtube video.

Dr. George Badley, Arkansas State Veterinarian, said that the dead birds he examined had multiple hemorrhages, especially around the liver.

EPA Report on Clothianidin

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There is a fact sheet by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) on clothianidin, issued on May 30, 2003.  It states some testing results for lab rats that ingested clothianidin.  There are a lot of big, scientific words:

Altered hepatocellular eosinophilic focus of the liver in both sexes…mottled livers of males.

What does that mean?  “Hepatocellular” means “liver cells”. The liver cells in the lab rats were altered or changed after they ate clothianidin.

The EPA report from 2003 states there is a chronic toxic risk to birds and mammals when they eat seeds treated with clothianidin.  (People are mammals, so this stuff is probably toxic to us, too.)

Did Pesticides Kill the Birds?

I read that Assistant State Veterinarian Dr. Brandon Doss examined many dead red-winged blackbirds at the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission Diagnostic Laboratory in Little Rock, Ark.  He would be a good person to interview.  Did anyone test the birds for pesticides, including clothianidin?

USGS scientists Paul Slota and Scott Wright also examined the birds.  Scott said:  “we’ve done testing for potential pesticide poisoning or other types of poisonings and some of those results are still outstanding but we’ll receive them soon.”  He said that on Jan 12, 2011.  Are the results in yet?  Paul Slota and Scott Wright would be good candidates to interview.

Conclusion

I want to know the rest of the story.  What caused the deaths of so much wildlife in Arkansas?  Are pesticides to blame?  Why is Arkansas using so much poison on our farms anyway?  Arkansas is supposed to be the Natural State.  Pesticides are not natural.  What can we do?

  • Buy organic.  Organic means the food was grown without poison or genetic modifications.  Vote with your dollars and say no to poison.  If you purchase organic, Bayer gets none of that money.
  • Grow a garden organically.  Enjoy fresh, clean, and nutritious food that will keep you and your family healthy and happy.
The report from 2003 states that exposure to seeds treated with clothianidin through ingestion may result in
result in chronic toxic risk to birds and mammals.  (Reminder:  people are mammals.)

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