Massive fish kill and 1000s of birds fall from the sky in Arkansas

Jan. 6 UPDATE: See this special report: Fracking the life out of Arkansas and beyond

Jan. 3 UPDATE: New numbers: 100,000 drum fish die along 20 mile corridor of Arkansas River.  At least 5,000 re-winged blackbirds have died in Beebe, per NY Daily News.

By various sources

On Thursday, Dec. 30, the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission reported a massive fish kill in Roseville, along the Arkansas River. But only a single species is involved: drum fish. The next day, AGFC received reports that about two thousand black birds fell from the sky 125 miles east in Beebe. Again, only a single species is involved and only in a one-square mile area.

From Today’s THV

Just before folks in Beebe rang in the New Year, many witnessed an uncanny resemblance to the Hitchcock movie “The Birds.” About 2,000 black birds fell from the sky off Windwood Drive, leaving quite the mess to clean up. (Video)

Today’s THV spoke with folks who initially thought the birds were poisoned because they are what they call a nuisance around this time every year, but they are surprised to hear it is more of a mystery.

Stephen Bryant recalls, “Millions, millions fly over every night. You look up at the sky and it’s just black and then last night at about 10:30 I came out here and saw a bird drop.”

In a matter of hours on New Years Eve thousands of birds fell from the sky to their death.

Melissa Weatherly says, “I immediately called mom because I had to go to work, I said you have to come get the kids and get the dog because I don’t know what’s going on.” She continues, “It was horrible; you could not even get down the road without running over hundreds. It was that bad.”

The mystery is unraveling like scenes from a movie, dozens of U.S. Environmental Services crews spent the day picking up the birds, walking between homes and climbing on roofs with protective hazmat suits and breathing masks,.

Charles Boldrey stands outside watching the crews, “Nobody knows, I asked these guys who are out here picking them up and they don’t seem to know anything. Nobody seems to know anything. It just kind of freaked everybody out.”

Officials with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission flew over the area and determined it’s a one mile stretch. There are a variety of dead black birds, mostly red winged and a duck was also found.

No one has been evacuated because the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) air test came back clean for toxins.

Weatherly is skeptical, “They’re walking around in masks and I’m wondering do we need the same thing because what makes that happen for them to drop out of the sky like that.”

Katherina Yancy with Today’s THV found one bird still living. It was confused, injured, continuously walked in circles and didn’t make a sound or attempt to fly.

Officials will confirm their findings when they get the test results, until then they are giving these possible scenarios: lightning, stress, high altitude hail or startled by fireworks, but neighbors just want answers.

Bryant says, “Something out of a movie and Hazmat people are walking around not telling us anything.”

Boldrey adds, “I’d like to know. Kind of spooky, you never know what’s going to happen.”

The birds should be cleaned up by Sunday. Game and Fish Commission’s Karen Rowe says poisoning doesn’t appear to be the case and strange events similar to this have occurred across the globe a number of times.

The City of Beebe held an emergency city council meeting Saturday morning to approve paying the U.S. Environmental Services to clean the neighborhood.

Sixty-five dead birds have been sent to off for testing.

Arkansas Game and Fish Press Release:

BEEBE, Ark.– Friday night, ringing in the New Year took on a whole different meaning for the citizens of Beebe. Around 11:30 p.m., enforcement officers with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission began getting reports of dead black birds falling from the sky in the city limits of Beebe.

Officers estimated that over 1,000 birds had fallen out of the sky over the city before midnight. Most of the birds were dead, but some were still alive when officers arrived. The blackbirds fell over a one-mile area in the city. AGFC wildlife officer Robby King responded to the reports and found hundreds of birds. “Shortly after I arrived there were still birds falling from the sky,” King said. King collected about 65 dead birds that will be sent to the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission lab and the National Wildlife Health Center lab in Madison, Wis.

The AGFC has flown over the area to gauge the scope of the event. There were no other birds found outside of the initial area.

AGFC ornithologist Karen Rowe said that strange events similar to this one have occurred a number of times across the globe. “Test results usually were inconclusive, but the birds showed physical trauma and that the flock could have been hit by lightning or high-altitude hail,” Rowe said.

Another scenario may have been that New Year’s Eve revelers shooting off fireworks in the area may have startled the birds from their roost. The birds may have died from stress.

Rowe said that it didn’t appear as though the birds died of any poisoning or other event. “Since it only involved a flock of blackbirds and only involved them falling out of the sky it is unlikely they were poisoned, but a necropsy is the only way to determine if the birds died from trauma or toxin,” she said. Testing will begin on Monday.

The City of Beebe has hired U.S. Environmental Services to begin the cleanup and dispose of the dead birds. The environmental firm will go door-to-door to pick up the birds that are still in yards and on roof tops.


An Arkansas resident posted this YouTube. The report on the massive fish kill starts at about 2:15 into it:


A similar massive bird kill happened in New Jersey in 2009:

34 responses to “Massive fish kill and 1000s of birds fall from the sky in Arkansas

  1. chemtrails? electro-magnetic pulse?

  2. its the beginning of the end, welcome to 2011

  3. One mile radius cannot account for lightning. More likely radio waves for both birds and fish. Why or who is what I would like to know.

    Please, keep us updated on this!

    • if an independent team of scientists publishes anything, that would be most informative. we can expect the government to bury this in the memory hole.

  4. I need to do more research on this story as it is very alarming. In 1 of the videos it’s said that the dead birds were taken to the lab & that results were negative. How do we know if the lab is telling the truth?

    • negative for poison… but did they check for heavy metals? can EM waves cause this?

      I’m with magpie on this one… i think it’s HAARP related

  5. My initial instinct when I saw this story posted on this site, was to get bio/chemical gas mask.

    It made me think of my own birds. I had a cockateil that died from smoke (I stepped out for 10 minutes leaving a boiling egg on stove that got burned up). When I returned, the house was lightly smoked up but it was enough to kill the bird. I didn’t realize just how sensitive birds are. In other words, what could kill a bird, could kill us … But it would kill a bird FIRST.

    • hey, arlene ~ we’ve got an aviary of 8 cockatiels… what great birds. And yes very sensitive. We had 12 — 4 died all at once. I paid for a necropsy but they didn’t determine anything specific.

      they’re very affectionate… I just love them.

  6. fish washing ashore, birds dropping out of the sky in small region of Arkansas and in a small region of Ohio kids are developing different types of severe cancer. definately freaky, definately foul play. my first suspect the U.S. gov

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  9. 10,000 dead fish in one day of disease? 1,000 birds dead over a 1 mile radius due to a single lightening strike or high altitude hail? Blackbirds roots at night. Why would they be flying at high altitude? And a single lightening strike that covers a 1 mile radius? Come on! Let’s play connect the dots: massive fish kill in the Arkansas River 100 miles from BeeBee bird kill and the massive number of earthquake clusters not normal in the region smack dab in between the two events… It is a common belief among locals that the earthquakes are being caused by natural gas extraction in the region through a controversial method called fracting. Gas companies are drilling into the rock and using high-power explosives to fract -or fracture – the rock deep in the earth in order to release the trapped natural gas. Some people in the region have reported natural gas seeping into their private wells, making the water coming from their taps flammable. And it is a known fact that there has been an unprecidented number of earthquakes in the region surrounding this fracting technique. Why hasn’t anyone posed the theory of a natual gas cloud killing both the birds and the fish? If natural gas is coming up into peoples houses via the wells, it isn’t impossible that a large gas bubble could escape through natural or man-made fractures in the rock, much like a natural water spring, killing the birds and the fish? The theories being posed now stink more than 10,000 dead fish on the shore!

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  28. This was worldwide massive death.not just birds but different kinds of fish and crabs over several days…from Arkansas to italy

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