5,000 Black Birds Fall from the Sky


To My Feeling and Thinking Friends,

“Panic Early to Avoid the Rush!” is the most poignant statement for me in Caroline Casey’s visionary activist Show on the Winter Solstice 2010. I’ve been spreading the word, but people disbelieve me, so here are some domestic headlines that have prompted me to activate own relocation plan. Yes, seriously.

One of 5,000 dead Blackbirds that fell from Beebe, Arkansas skies. Click the image to read more at NYT.com

Click Here to view a video report on the Weather Channel

Many Arkansas birds and fish did not survive into the New Year. Specifically, the 3,000-5,000 Red-Winged Blackbird carcasses that rained down on Beebe Arkansas, and the 500 which died at the same time in Louisiana. You should note that that’s more birds than there are people in this small town. Scientists have yet to uncover their cause of death, however the two competing theories are either weather-related stress or fireworks. You know, either or.

Young Drum fish found dead in Ozark, Arkansas

The second plague-like event is the death of 2,000,000 (that’s 2-million) adult Spot fish in the Chesapeake Bay which faces its own pollution challenges, and 85,000-100,000 dead young drum fish in Ozark, Arkansas. Their carcasses washed up over a 20-mile stretch of the Arkansas River, this past New Years weekend. Also, cause unknown.

**Listen to the Visionary Activist Show – Winter Solstice 2010**

The Visionary Activist: this is the brilliant weekly show by Caroline Casey, the mytho-poetic astrologer and trickster. The top of your head will pop off as you laugh yourself into a deeper understanding of our challenged society and its impact on the rest of nature. This blog was inspired by Caroline Casey’s remark (in this broadcast) “Panic early to avoid the rush”. It resonated deep within me and I share it with you  along with the information about the sudden deaths of the Red Winged Black Birds, and the Drum and Spot Fish in the hopes that your perception will shift just enough for you to not feel so distant from animal life and death, but to see their fate as linked to ours. If their lives could be snuffed out so easily and seemingly randomly, there are obviously forces at work that challenge their air they breathe and the water they drink. We breathe the same air and drink the same water, so we are just as vulnerable as they are to the dreadful changes that careless manufacturing wreaks on the natural systems that sustain all life, including ours.

Ashe.

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