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Patrick,

Could you pass the following along to MOBIRDS? Most of the birds in the news
story were cowbirds, starlings, and other blackbirds, but one killdeer was
also among them. Apparently the poison is a contact poison, also harmful to
people, and was used illegally for a purpose for which it was not
registered. More details when I get them.

----Bill

From KFVS 12 Website (on last night's news)
http://www.kfvs12.com/Global/story.asp?S=2162490
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Hundreds of Birds Killed in the Heartland
By:  Jason Lindsey

Birds in one New Madrid County town are literally falling from the sky.
Federal investigators flock to a farmer's field near Lilbourn to identify a
chemical that killed hundreds of birds.

Conservation agents believe someone added the chemical to grain and placed
it along a path near a rice field.

Agents have an idea of who did the crime and say it's serious.  The poison
used is deadly!  If anyone in or around Lilbourn finds any dead birds, don't
pick them up.  Instead call 1-573-634-2436 so a wildlife agent can pick up
the dead birds.


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Patrick Harrison
Editor, The Bluebird
Webmaster, http://mobirds.org
The Audubon Society of Missouri
Shelbyville, Shelby County, Missouri
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