Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Millions of Dead Crickets

A cricket paralysis virus that swept through European cricket farms in 2002 is now spreading across North America killing off millions of crickets raised to feed pet reptiles. Is this related to the mass bird, fish and crab deaths of late? Probably not. According to biologists, mass die-offs happen all the time. According to the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center, 95 mass wildlife die-offs have taken place in North America in the past eight months. The list includes:

900+ turkey vultures that drowned and starved in the Florida Keys.
4,300 ducks killed by parasites in Minnesota.
1,500 salamanders wiped out by a virus in Idaho.
2,000 bats that died of rabies in Texas.
2,750 sea birds in California.
350 some Common Grackle in Virginia

Fingers crossed that all the pet reptiles out there get something in their bellies soon!


Deb said...

Of course as soon as I posted this I see that this is happening in Chicago:

Jonathan Bor said...

Ok wise person: How good for the environment are electric cars? They don't pollute or burn fossil fuels -- not directly anyway -- but they do rely on electricity largely produced by oil and coal burning power plants.

On balance, are they better, worse, or just as bad as gas-burning cars?

I really don't know, which is why I ask you.

-- Jonathan Bor

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