By Rady Ananda
Another New Years Eve, another mass bird kill. On December 31, 2011, Beebe police chief Wayne Ballew initiated an emergency ban on fireworks around 7:15 pm after receiving reports of dead birds.
Little Rock television station KATV showed a radar image of a large mass over the Arkansas town and said that hundreds of birds had died, reports the Associated Press. Other news reports indicate only “dozens” were found.
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.