Wednesday, January 26, 2011

USDA fesses up to bird deaths

While surfing the various pages in my Google Reader I came across this article "Bye Bye Blackbird: USDA acknowledges a hand in one mass bird death". An interesting read...

8 comments:

Carolyn @ Carolyn's Shade Gardens said...

That article disgusts me. Will we never learn to leave things alone. i just laugh (sadly) when the USDA says these poisons are safe--it's an oxymoron.

lifeshighway said...

Oh no, this really scares me. I wonder what other programs are going on, what other animals, plants whatever are being poisoned.

I am high upset. Thanks for bringing this to light!

gardenwalkgardentalk.com said...

This is so sad. What a program....

The Whimsical Gardener said...

Yeah, I'm sure they had nothing to do with all the other deaths...nothing at all. Sad...

fer said...

Not very bright of them to keep putting poison everywhere. Well, at least they sort of took some responsibility

Eliza @ Appalachian Feet said...

Terrible! Thanks for being a watchdog.

Casa Mariposa said...

This article is sad and repulsive but I appreciate your expose. My students have been asking me what's caused the deaths and I just told them what I had read in the papers. Now I can finally tell them the truth. I enjoy seeing red winged blackbirds and grackles in my garden year round. I've never considered them a pest!

Ginny said...

About 25 years ago the city where I live decided there were too many pigeons and proceeded to put out poison for them. The birds would be flying when the poison hit them and then they'd be like drunk birds, flying into fences, trees, houses, etc. One flew into our chain link fence and was caught. It was so sad!