Here's a story that intrigues me immensely, and it's in that "sudden animal death" category that every now and then we hear stories of, until the news drops them. We've all heard of these stories too: seals or whales or some form of aquatic life washes up (or in some of the more fanciful versions of these stories, beaches itself) on the beaches in vast numbers, and suddenly. One of my favorite versions of this type of story occurred a few years ago in Tennessee as birds appeared simply to drop out of the sky, more or less all at once. Usually, we're given explanations that run to the "ordinary and mundane" such as that these flocks of birds or schools of fish or gaggles of geese suddenly, and more or less simultaneously, all succumbed to the same disease at more or less the same time. We'll get back to that in a moment.

Well... it appears to have happened again, in Idaho this time, according to this article that was shared by many readers here:

More Dead Birds Fall From the Sky in Idaho

Now you'll note that in this version of the story, in the comments section, there's a brief exchange between two commenters, one of whom notes strange intereference with his bluetooth signal as he was driving through Idaho, and another commenter who downplays the possibility of microwave interference.

What bothered me about this article was that it mentioned specifically Kuna county, and was datelined July 9, but it sounded like, and appeared to be to perhaps be based upon, these articles from earlier this year, in March:

2,000 geese fall dead 'out of the sky' in Idaho

‘Basically, they just fell out of the sky': 2,000 snow geese found dead in Idaho

There are some notable differences between the first story on the one hand, and the second and third stories on the other, in that the first story seems to suggest that various types of birds, including songbirds, were involved, while the second two are focused on snowgeese. But look at the explanation being offered in the USA Today version of the story:

MUD LAKE, Idaho (AP) — Some 2,000 migrating snow geese have died recently in eastern Idaho, likely from a disease that comes on quickly and can kill birds in midflight, wildlife officials say.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says staff and volunteers collected the dead birds over the past several days at wildlife management areas near the towns of Terreton and Roberts.

The cause of death likely was avian cholera, which can cause convulsions and erratic flight, the agency said.

And here's the Washington Post's version of the "sudden avian cholera" theory, which notes it can cause strange behavior:

"Early symptoms can include lethargy, convulsions, a discharge from the mouth, matted feathers and erratic movements on the ground and in the air — including flying upside down, according to USGS. But many outbreaks of the disease are spotted only after the birds have died from it."

I recall a similar incident, years ago in Tennessee, involving dead birds - of all types - just dropping out of the sky, stone cold dead, as if they had all suddenly died in flight. In that instance, as I recall, there were even some astonished witnesses that gave a few sound bites for the news. The story ran for a brief period, then,like such stories do, just disappeared. In that instance, I do not recall discussions of the mechanism of death, or of avian cholera, though such discussions may have occurred.

So I'll come right out with what bothers me here, and it might bother some of you, I don't know.  Avian cholera apparently causes erratic behavior in birds, including flying upside down. And apparently it can bring on sudden death. But what bothers me is that this might not be adequate to explain why flights of geese appear to be dropping from the sky in one apparently specific region of Idaho, and do so apparently more or less simultaneously(we'll get to that in a moment). Even if one assumes these geese all feed from the same pond or area, surely they would fall from the sky at slightly different periods. Note this statement in the Washington Post article, which to my mind, raises, rather than resolves, this point rather directly:

That's because once birds become sick from the disease, they usually don't have very long to live. Some contracting the acute form of the disease die within 6 to 12 hours of exposure, but more often, it takes 24 to 48 hours. Birds drop from the sky in otherwise "good body condition," USGS says, "Death may be so rapid that birds literally fall out of the sky or die while eating with no previous signs of disease." (Italicized emphasis added)

So one has an incubation-to-death time period of 6 to 48 hours, and this would mean, if one thinks about it, two things:

  1. The flock of geese concerned should be dropping from the skies individually, and possibly stretched out along the flight path of their migration from the source of infection to the moment of death. They would not be likely to be concentrated in one area of Idaho, but scattered linearly along their migration path from the point of infection; and,
  2. Even if they stayed put in one area, they would not be dropping out of the skies at more or less the same time, which is the impression created in the articles, though please note, in the second two articles there are no statements of any witnesses actually saying this. The impression of "simultaneity" is created by the articles'  headlines themselves. However, weirdly, if one looks at the first artcle allegedly from July 9, the picture of the birds in the road(if genuine) suggests a more or less simultaneous event, as many of the carcasses have apparently not been flattened by passing vehicles nor has the road been cleared by local law enforcement. The picture, in other words, suggests simultaneity, though certainly does not prove it. Granted the road appears to be in a remote section of Idaho, and may not get much traffic, and the birds might have dropped over time. But surely, in even the remotest areas, there would be at least one vehicle per hour, and with it, some smashed bird carcasses. We don't seem to see that here.

What we're left with, I suspect, is a mystery, and perhaps one which is being obfuscated by the "avian cholera" story, because the real mechanisms are known and disturbing. Avian cholera might explain birds, but sudden deaths of aquatic life won't apply to that mechanism. Are we looking at unified phenomena? I don't know. Are we looking at avian cholera in some of these cases? Well, probably, but it's that prospect of "simultaneity" that makes that mechanism of explanation a bit wobbly in my opinion. Two high octane speculation alternatives might present themselves: is there some other cause of these events, and is avian cholera being put forward as the best explanation of the data in lieu of having the public look more closely at the data that doesn't seem to fit that explanation(like the suggestion of simultaneity in the pictures in the first article)? Is planetary physics or environment being affected in such a way as to cause these events? And if so, are they being obfuscated by "disease" explanations because "they" don't want to cause a "panic"? Maybe. Again, I don't know. I find this possibility disturbing, to say the least, but not very likely. Could these events be caused by some sort of secret human technology, or could they be the unintended consequence of its use or other  secret activity? Maybe. Again, I don't know. The bottom line for me is that I find the avian cholera explanation a bit disquieting as well. It seems, if I may state it simply, a bit too convenient. The bottom line here, is that there may or may not be a mystery here, even on the avian cholera version, for that version, plus similar events from the oceans and other places around the world, might suggest that diseases themselves are mutating and species-jumping in odd and unpredictable ways.

See you on the flip side...

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. rich overholt on July 23, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Is this Mud Lake, perchance, anywhere in the vicinity of … WAYWARD PINES!!!, in my own private Idaho?

  2. yankee phil on July 23, 2015 at 1:49 am

    The problem with whales and dolphins trying to beach themselves to get out of the water is usually from sonar pinging that the military does to locate silent running enemy submarines and still submarines stationed off our coasts and harbors. Its considered a military secret so the government doesn’t tell anyone the cause ,. I suspect the same is true for the dead birds,some form of electromagnetic warfare weapon is being deployed with these adverse but acceptable effects on wildlife.

    • yankee phil on July 23, 2015 at 11:40 pm

      Just in case you wondered,the sonar pings are broadcast for hours at a time to confuse underwater navigation and mapping/spying efforts of suspected enemy/friendly naval craft.

  3. Blue Dragon Lord on July 22, 2015 at 1:14 am

    with the reports of birds seen flying upside down before their deaths, well they orient themselves with gravitational pull is this not the case then something heavier outside the orbit at that place and time would be the simple answer a local event of something heavier or with more pull just as they flying by perhaps just making an observation here. A little while ago the international space station took a picture of a large ship 3,000 miles across that must have been heavy just saying well have fun it is interesting this keep happening.

    • Blue Dragon Lord on July 22, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      interesting how we view things that have the simple answer

  4. Beckysue on July 21, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Possibles: an imbalance in Earth’s magnetic field (is someone somewhere playing with it?); electomagnetic scalar weapons; targeted biochemical weapons; directed energy weapons; sonic weapons. I like the pulsed energy projectile theory: “a laser pulse that in turn generates a burst of expanding plasma when it hits something solid”. Today birds, tomorrow us. (Or is this what they say the U.S. used in Irag?)

    • Bobanonymous on July 22, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      I agree with the electromagnetic explanation. HAARP-like weapons could easily kill birds, simply by interfering with their cardiac nodes (mammals and humans as well) and send them into immediate cardiac arrest. I believe we are looking at a version of Tesla’s death ray at work here. The avian cholera cover story is absolutely ridiculous, and almost seems like it was MEANT to be ridiculous, perhaps as an obfuscated show of force to a select adversary–a “This is what we can do to you and yours” shot across the bow. The underwater effects are much more interesting, as I had believed that microwaves and radiation were effectively stopped by several feet of water. So what is this new weapon, if it is a weapon at all?

  5. valaren105674 on July 20, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    I’ve been hearing this stories for ages. Very creepy, to say the least.

  6. 8thdegreeofj on July 20, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    My vote is for the Russian Woodpecker grid or somebody else’s version thereof over the lower 48 states. In his book Fer de Lance, Tom Bearden described these very scenario’s and why they occur (in the case of birds falling from the sky). This book was published in the early-mid 90’s so this is a long time happening scenario already. If and when these flocks of birds come upon a ‘hinge’ point in the grid and if that area of the grid is ‘active’ at that time then ostensibly anything with an electrical presence can be affected. That includes those with a built-in magnetic compass and like somebody else commented earlier expect to see weird anomalies in flight mechanics. The ‘grid’ explanation also plausibly covers the most physical ground in the United States and therefore could also plausibly account for the vast majority of mass bird flight deaths reported.

    The next time you read one of these bird death stories I would recommend that you pay heavy attention to the observed conditions of the animals. If they look perfectly normal but for the lack of an electrical nerve impulse then it was probably a longitudinal wave weapon in the form a grid configuration. Catastrophic electrical interference like being shot with an ice bullet that melts and leaves no evidence. If the birds appear to be burned or scalded in any way, if their eyes or ears were bleeding that could be the sign of having flown over a Nexrad station that was literally cooking the sky above it inducing desired weather patterns (real man-made climate change).

    On a side note, IMO, the ocean animal deaths are not directly related to the mass bird deaths phenomenon. Clearly FUkushima has begun to turn the Pacific Ocean into a rotting cesspool with no end in sight and the Deepwater Horizon/Corexit attack has polluted the Atlantic seaboard quite heavily. No advanced physics explanations needed here.

  7. goshawks on July 20, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    I’d like to point-out that Charles Fort covered decades of this type of incident (anomalous phenomena) back in his day…

    As far as trusting ’causes’ in known-disinformation sources like major newspapers, I can only quote from Agent Kay in “Men in Black” :

    Kay: “All right, Beatrice, there was no alien. The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.”

    My take on the birds suddenly-dropping from the sky involves shockwaves or the like. More mundane would be experimental human craft passing close-by flocks. Instant unconsciousness, if not physical damage. More esoteric would-be being in the general-path of a UFO, either at-speed or doing whatever it does to ‘phase’ in-or-out of our ‘space’. (Possible similar effects on water-borne creatures.)

  8. lazer-eye on July 20, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Birds flying upside down sounds like electronic interference with their guidance systems..

  9. MizGreen on July 20, 2015 at 10:05 am

    This reminds me of New Year’s, 2011, when thousands of smaller birds suddenly died en masse and fell from the sky in Arkansas. Those examining the dead birds said they died of massive trauma:
    “Keith Stephens, a spokesman for the commission, said the birds showed evidence of trauma in the breast tissue, with blood clots in the body cavity and a lot of internal bleeding. All major organs were normal.”
    end quote
    another quote from an ornithologist:
    “The birds obviously hit something very hard and had hemorrhages,” said Rowe.
    “Initial examinations of a few of the dead birds showed trauma. Whether or not this trauma was from the force of hitting the ground when they fell or from something that contacted them in the air, we don’t know,” she said.
    end quote

    ‘Fell from something that contacted them in the air?’
    Tragic and disturbing.

  10. Aridzonan_13 on July 20, 2015 at 9:59 am

    My guess is that these strange bird deaths are casualties of wx manipulation technologies. Where they are in the wrong place at the right time. Get hit with a beam in a chem trail cloud and drop. The sea mammal deaths might be two fold. If they are in the Pacific, then Fukushima is a likely cause. Otherwise, ultra low frequency weapons / tech could be the culprit. Unfortunately, we never get any serious investigations into these matters.

  11. marcos toledo on July 20, 2015 at 9:04 am

    What nefarious technology are our oligarchs trying to cover up. That are causing these animal deaths and this this is effecting sea mammals and fish as well. Chemical trails, leaking nuclear reactors and who knows what else are causing these strange animal deaths. And if this in effecting humans you can bet our pressitutes will not report it they know who butters their bread.

  12. Robert Barricklow on July 20, 2015 at 8:15 am

    The press chorus are singing/writing to what they’ve purposely been manufacturing in education & news via near monopoly distribution of information: a manufactured dumbo audience. Except, it looks like the only dumbo are the talking heads and puppet scribblers.

    This looks like a technological application of a specialized/target frequency weapon that can kill via a specifically applied frequency with a “chosen” species being “prepped” with nano-specific dust particles.

  13. emlong on July 20, 2015 at 6:43 am

    One of the most interesting sets of theories about chemtrails that have recently appeared:

    • Robert Barricklow on July 20, 2015 at 8:18 am

      Thanks for the link.
      Very interesting.

    • Elm on July 20, 2015 at 10:29 am

      Definitely, a leading edge analysis.

    • justawhoaman on July 20, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      Absolutely illuminating! Thank you very much for that link. Puts many things into perspective including many of the points that Dr. Farrell and many commenters here allude to on a regular basis.

  14. basta on July 20, 2015 at 6:02 am

    Although tempted by the obvious HAARP or NexRad explanation, a quick Google of Mud Lake, Idaho shows that it borders on — I kid you not — “Atomic City,” which is a Federal compound with an airstrip and the Idaho National Laboratory (open M-F, 9am to 5 pm). The Test Area North is only some 10 miles due west of Mud Lake.

    Wiki says the site is dedicated to advanced research on nextgen reactors, fuel reprocessing, and the like, and has been semi privatized with Battelle basically running the show.

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