Aflockalypse Now: Mass animal die-offs and the ongoing extinction crisis

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Photo: Dave Govon

Red-Winged Blackbirds

On New Year’s Eve, 5,000 red-winged blackbirds dropped out of the sky in Beebe, Arkansas. Necropsies revealed no evidence of poisoning but did indicate the birds had suffered massive internal trauma. Days later, fisherman observed schools of fish floating belly up on Chesapeake Bay.