UPDATE: This week in Romania, dozens more birds were found dead. But this time, doctors have a definitive answer as to why. As it turns out, the birds were just drunk. The moral of this story? Don't drink and fly.
Scientists are also supporting another theory about the bird deaths - magnetic polar shifts. Apparently, the magnetic north pole is moving and birds and fish are sensitive to any changes. So, this could be screwing them up.
First, Russia takes our gold medal at the world juniors. Now, they're taking our magnetic north pole.
January 6th, 2011
Unless you've been living under a rock (or a giant pile of dead birds) for the last week or so, you've likely heard about the startling amount of sudden animal die-offs. Species such as blackbirds, doves, manatees, crabs, bees, bats - yes, the list goes on - have dropped en masse in areas like Arkansas and Sweden.
Scientists are now claiming that there's nothing unusual about these figures, and that these major die-offs occur every year due to bad weather, poisonings, diseases, and man-made factors (like fireworks, loud noises, etc). The only difference is they typically don't occur in heavily-populated areas. If a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it...
Whether the situation sends you running to church or genuinely interests you from a scientific standpoint - Google Map's addition to the mystery is a fun way to pass time. Using Google Maps, you can now track the die-offs geographically. The blue pins you see below mark the regions in which mysterious animal deaths occurred, and clicking on each one will take you to the corresponding news story.
P.S. One of the writers on the show has a friend up North who just recorded this amazing video of a giant herd of caribou running up a road. We're alive and kicking up here!