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Poorly Covered News – Birds Fall From Sky Every Winter

January 23, 2008


Photo credits to: Charles Uibel:



Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) National Wildlife Health Center are concerned that avian cholera, which recently killed about 30,000 eared grebes—small, diving water birds—at Great Salt Lake, Utah, could spread as birds migrate south for the winter, the agency announced today.

Britney Spears Soap Opera is more important than tens of thousands of birds dying over the NW USA? Birds dying and spreading contagions throughout the US, since before 2004, seems to be a pretty serious oversight by the MSM.

Over the past 10 to 15 years, avian cholera has recurred almost annually in several areas: southern Saskatchewan, California’s Central Valley and Klamath Basin, the Texas panhandle and rice belt, the Rainwater Basin of Nebraska, and in the Mississippi and Missouri River drainages.

The birds — eared grebes, ruddy ducks, California gulls and northern shovelers, about 15,000 in all — have been discovered over the past month on the shores of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. According to the United States Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center, they died from avian cholera.

· Utah: Cholera Suspected in Bird DeathsAbout 1,500 dead birds that washed up on the southern shore of the Great Salt Lake may have been killed by avian cholera, an expert said. Dead grebes, ducks and gulls were being sent to the National Wildlife Health Center of the United States Geological Survey in Madison, Wis., for examination. “If I was a betting man,” said the expert, Tom Aldrich of the State Division of Wildlife Resources, “I would bet it was cholera.” aviancholeramap.gif The disease, which poisons the blood, spreads when birds are overcrowded and food supplies are short. It does not affect humans.

It does not effect humans … yet.

  1. January 27, 2008 1:23 pm

    Thank you Charles, I got this photo from the news link. I am glad to credit the actual photographer. BTW, as a retired photographer, I applaud your picture as poignant beauty. What lens did you use? Did you feel funny surrounded by so much carnage? Also, was this a time lapse photo?
    Your picture credit has been updated.

  2. January 27, 2008 12:15 pm

    Please give credit for this picture as:
    Charles Uibel

    See more Great Salt Lake avian cholera hotos at

  3. proudprogressive permalink
    January 25, 2008 10:28 pm

    OH MY GAWD, this is a heartbreaking post. And yeah why the heck isn’this on the news. Its gravely serious. The canary in the coal mine, analogy doesn’t even come close. The poor creatures and our crippled ecosystem. The key word being system ! Not one member of a system (according to social work system theory at least) can have a change without effecting all other members. Of course there are obvious health ramifications – sometimes one cannot help but weep for mother earth, and just get a sense that more than natural epidemics are going on, no no human meddling with nature is at the bottom this, its a pretty safe bet. Mankind playing god, with what nature gave us, in its perfect balance – we have knocked out of wack. A bad move, as the jist of that old commercial – its not nice to fool with mother nature..

    Great post BK i had not heard a word about this major stuff ! not a peep on the MSM.

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