Wednesday, January 26, 2011


     Reports say one in a series of mass bird deaths in the past months was the result of a USDA  Avicide  program which began in the late 60's as Operation Bye Bye Blackbird.The government acknowledged that it had a hand in one string of mysterious mass bird deaths that have spooked residents in Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, South Dakota and Kentucky in the last month.
     The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) took  responsibility for hundreds of dead starlings that were found on the ground and frozen in trees in a Yankton South Dakota park on Monday.The USDA wildlife service program which contracts with farmers for bird control say they used an Avicide poison called DRC1339 to cull a roost of 5,000 birds that were defecating on a farmer's cattle feeds across a state line in Nebraska but they denied the recent large and dense  bird kills in Arkansas and Loiusiana.
     In addition to the USDA program, a so called Depredation order from US Fish and Wildlife Service allows blackbirds, grackles and starlings to be killed by anyone who says they pose health risks or cause economic damage...

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