Birds die mysteriously in huge numbers, and the cause of their death is unknown. Bird carcasses litter across the West coast in New Mexico USA. Biologists are speculating that the raging wildfires across the US West coast may be responsible for the deaths. However, there is no evidence to back that up.
In August, countless died at the US Army White Sands Missile RangeRange in New Mexico. The incident later spread across the state, as well as in Colorado, Texas, and Mexico. In the same vein, locals in Arizona and Nebraska have numerous carcasses in their neighborhood.
Despite the time difference, these incidents look closely related. Meanwhile, various species, including swallows, flycatchers, and black ravens have died. Other birds like warblers, bluebirds, sparrows, blackbirds, and others, died too. It is important to realize that this is a ‘devastating’ incident. Locals have reported seeing the birds behave abnormally before their death.
In the meantime, extreme heat, climate change, drought, and raging fires can be possible causes. On the other hand, it is still a mirage what the possible cause of this bizarre occurrence can be.
Martha Desmond, a professor at New Mexico State University’s department of fish, wildlife and conservation ecology, told CNN:
‘It’s just terrible. The number is in the six figures. ‘Just by looking at the scope of what we’re seeing, we know this is a very large event. Hundreds of thousands and maybe even millions of dead birds, and we’re looking at the higher end of that.’
This occurrence comes as the United Nations warned that the world must stop ‘unprecedented’ declines in the natural world. UN has been worried that countries are not doing their best to stop biodiversity loss.
Documentations are ongoing and it may take weeks before the actual cause of these strange deaths is unraveled. This duty falls on the office of the US Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory in Oregon.