Debunking the bird apocalypse

Experts from the Audubon Society have been monitoring recent reports of thousands of bird deaths in Arkansas and Louisiana. “Mass bird die-offs can be caused by starvation, storms, disease, pesticides, collisions with man-made structures or human disturbance,” says Greg Butcher, Audubon’s director of bird conservation.

“Scientists are still investigating what happened to the birds in Louisiana and Arkansas," Butcher said, "but initial findings indicate that these are isolated incidents that were probably caused by disturbance and disorientation.”

A report is available on the Audubon Society Web site.

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