Gov’t Investigator: Acute hemorrhaging found in dead owls along west coast — Mortality event began 8 months after Fukushima explosions — “In very poor condition… badly emaciated” when arriving in Pacific Northwest from Arctic

Published: May 3rd, 2014 at 11:44 pm ET


Campbell River Mirror, Feb. 18, 2014: Guest Speakers in the morning include Dr. Victoria Bowes, avian pathologist, with BC Min. of Agriculture, who will present “The Overwintering Snowy Owl Mortality Investigation

Dr. Victoria Bowes, British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture, June 2013: In the winter of 2011, and again in 2012, an unexpected record number of overwintering Snowy Owls arrived along the southern coast of BC […] from the high Arctic already in poor body condition, and over a short period of time many of the weakened birds were admitted to local wildlife rehabilitators. Others […] were found dead or dying. […] The unanswered question was whether or not there were underlying predisposing factors that made these birds more vulnerable. In January 2013, and again in April, a team of investigators assembled […] to examine a total of 49 Snowy Owl carcasses […] the majority of birds in both necropsy sessions were emaciated adult or sub-adult males. An associated finding was carcass pallor accompanied by acute gastric and intestinal hemorrhage […] terminal intestinal hemorrhage has been recognized as a manifestation of severe physiologic stress […]

South China Morning Post, Jan. 20, 2013: […] snowy owls arrive in Vancouver […] worrying bird welfare experts […] The owls perch listlessly […] the second winter in a row that Vancouver has been treated to a visit […] raising concern among experts who say the owls should normally only visit Vancouver every five or so years […] some of the birds are badly emaciated.

Rob Hope, Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society: Some were suffering from asperogillosis, a breathing problem […] that can be triggered by a weakened immune system or malnutrition. [Owls arrived in] November, earlier than they would normally venture so far south […] “We have been finding a lot in very poor condition by the time they arrive. They are already in a weakened state.”

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Published: May 3rd, 2014 at 11:44 pm ET


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65 comments to Gov’t Investigator: Acute hemorrhaging found in dead owls along west coast — Mortality event began 8 months after Fukushima explosions — “In very poor condition… badly emaciated” when arriving in Pacific Northwest from Arctic

  • And of course, no one is ever bothering to see if Fukushima radiation has anything to do with it.

    Fukushima, Chernobyl, TMI Radiation Caused Mutations, Deformed Butterflies And Other Insects; via @AGreenRoad

  • amberlight amberlight

    This whole affair and the lack of any genuine action on it brings to mind a crowd of people apathetically watching a gang of thugs viciously attacking an innocent bystander and doing nothing about it. The official police report states that the victim tripped on the sidewalk.

    Not posting much these days. At a loss for words…

    • NondiPloom

      I'm sorry for your apparent frustration at the lack of action by 'the crowd', but what would you have them . . . or anyone . . . do? What could be done? Evidently, nothing effective can be done by anyone.

      • Crash2Parties Crash2Parties

        You'd think that maybe at least grad students would see the opportunity for interesting studies.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Yes, it's all so sad and easily one can be at a loss for words.. 🙁

    • papacares papacares

      and then there is this (sarc there are no limits to their stupidity)

      Albacore study reveals trace levels of radiation — Fukushima failure aids researchers in establishing migration patterns

      Posted: Friday, May 2nd, 2014
      BY: Dennis Anstine

      Researcher Delvan Neville labels containers of albacore tuna.
      A newly published study involving radioactive levels found in albacore tuna caught off the Oregon coast after the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi power station failure in Japan reveals very little risk for humans, but the research may lead to important research concerning the fishery’s’ migration patterns.

      “Our ongoing research stems from that terrible tragedy,” said Delvan Neville, a graduate research assistant at OSU’s Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics and lead author on an article published in the Environmental Science and Technology journal.

      • isogoodhumans

        Yep, just multiply those trace amounts by 1000 or 10,000 to account for bioaccumulation and you arrive at the accumulation level in Orcas and other mammals.

        The cheaper energy is, the more pollutive it is.

        Coal mining never did this much damage.

  • Sol Man

    TPTB are too conflicted for caring or action so they total their sums while the world unravels.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    The diagram above doesn't show the trajectory as far as it would go into the Artic.
    Hypothesis.. would imply ..internal contamination.. perhaps.
    The Snowy Owl has a very specific range ..the tundra .. food consists of mice, lemmings ..other birds and the eggs of other birds.

    How are these other species doing?
    Very concerning…

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    I LOVE great snowy owls. They are magnificent birds.

    This news is very distressing.


    At Hanford, 2 weeks back there was a blast "like a shotgun" as workers cut a pipe at the ol' finishing plant. The contractor called it a "pop" but didn't report it for 2 weeks.

    more of the same from the cartel. shut these jerks down, force transparency and protection of the workers and the public.

    • Their preference for inexperienced workers is diabolical.

      "The union representative says management wants to keep experienced workers quiet."

      "PFP is not wanting to use experienced individuals anymore because we're bringing up too many concerns in this plant. They want to bring in the guy that's not going to ask any questions and they've started to do so, the union representative said."

    • cooterboy

      Thanks Stock. Our local paper and news media said nothing about this event.


    • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

      CH2M HILL has a history of fraud, kickbacks, violations, and cover-ups, not to mention one particular parallel with the Solyndra scandal—layoffs. This, despite receiving almost $2 billion in stimulus funding.

      Between January of 2002 and October of 2008, timecard fraud at the CH2M HILL Hanford Group was “widespread” and “routine.”[13] A recent plea deal arranged for one employee states that “it was an accepted practice at CH2M HILL to pay hourly employees for hours claimed but not actually worked.” That employee, Carl Schroeder, claimed a total of 1,765 hours of overtime, at a cost of at least $50,000 which was billed to the federal government.

      False claims and paid kickbacks at the Hanford nuclear site between 2003 and 2005 led to a recent settlement in which CH2M HILL agreed to pay the federal government $1.5 million.[14] In this particular case, two employees made purchases from companies that they or their spouses owned, marked up the costs, and charged the DOE.

      In 2006, a medical director for the Hanford site, Dr. Loren Lewis, was warning about CH2M HILL’s lack of concern regarding workers being exposed to beryllium dust. Beryllium is a by-product of the nuclear industry that, when exposed to people who are sensitive to the metal, can cause a debilitating and deadly respiratory disease.

      This story was covered by a ProPublica report revealing concerns that a crush of hiring and a lack of training may be exposing stimulus workers to beryllium dust.

      • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

        cont. And in 2007, Washington Closure Hanford, a company partly owned by CH2M HILL, was fined $1.1 million for “improper compaction testing methods” and for having falsified documents “intended to assure the long-term structural stability of waste disposed in the landfill. [16]

        During the 2009-2010 election cycles, CH2M contributed 60% of nearly $650,000 in campaign finances to Democrats. The top five total contributions were delivered to Democrats, including notable Obama allies such as the aforementioned Murray ($16,000), Barbara Boxer ($21,250) and Harry Reid ($12,500).[23]

        • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

          *IMPORTANT info on beryllium in this article. Stimulus Workers Confront Legacy of Contamination at Nuclear Sites

          Declassified Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) documents from the 1940s show an unequivocal awareness of the toxicity of low doses of beryllium — and an intense desire to keep the issue under wraps. A 1947 commission report warns of "public indignation" should stories of sick workers hit the media. "This might seriously embarrass the AEC," the report reads. A declassified 1953 report by a Hanford industrial hygienist raised alarm about cases in which people who lived within a mile of a Massachusetts beryllium plant got CBD. "The exposures [that led to disease] have been low," the report warned. But it took four decades before the federal government moved to protect workers.

          One longtime worker said new employees routinely enter areas marked as potential beryllium zones without respirators. Some get no more beryllium training than a few multiple choice questions on a computer safety exam. "If you get an answer wrong," said one worker who has taken the training, "they just take you back and you start clicking through until you get it right."

  • Radio Radio

    A lot of dead and dying animals from the arctic since Fukushima, the Snowy Owl just the latest. But, no point in testing for radiation because it should be only low levels and the US military assures everyone that low level radiation is not dangerous. In fact, it is so safe that Pres. Obama raised the allowable level of exposure because there is so much low level radiation around now that the risk of most measurements will prove to be above the previously allowable level. Someday, these levels might even be based upon science and research in the environment and various animals and plants. Until then, we have to take the word of the 1953 study done on beagles. Low level radiation doesn't kill outright early on, it weakens the immune system so that people, animals, plants, etc. weaken and die of various simple causes such as the flu, reduction in nutrients and calories from food because of intestinal dysfunction, the body tiring because it is constantly fighting off radiation, leaving less stamina and physical resources to ward off environmental stressors. Not including low level nuclear radiation as a significant cause of environmental stressors because it does not kill quickly and directly, but only weakens entire ecosystems to everything else which does, is like saying that every pedestrian hit and killed by the fender of a passing vehicle was not killed by the car itself.


      brilliant rant, Radio…

    • bo bo

      Go radio ! Solid gold rant !

    • papacares papacares

      right on – the all important fact not being taught is that Radiation is accumulative – it doe not dilute – get that! – radiation does not dilute – in the 50's there were x-ray machine in almost every shoe shop to let customers view the bones and supposedly aid in the proper fitting of shoes – sadly 1000's of customers had their lives destroyed before someone realized the accumulative effect and shut down the use of the machines, resulting in the machines setting around inside these stores until places like WIPP were developed to store the radioactive components for ??? – (sarc, looks like that plan turned out well also) – Everyone must be informed radiation does not go away it merely accumulates – the Genie just keeps getting bigger and bigger until the bottle explodes

  • Ontological Ontological

    Not too many birds at all on the beach cams. No sand pipers running in the waves after tiny creatures. Very few sea birds. pelicans, seals and other formally abundant wildlife. Devoid of life other than Human in many cams. It is Spring, and there is usually a flurry of rebirth.

    I threw everyone who cares not for the Earth out of my life. My wife and I are now quite alone. No one to rip us off, no one to attempt to set us up, no one to brow beat us with how were not able to do things due to our failure to plan. No one to tell me how we are so weird because we don't run the roads and shop. Been damn peaceful in our little world. Too bad the cause is mass extinction of life. Be a paradise alone with my wife otherwise.

    Nope not gonna rape the forest for paper fliers to warn these idiots…Nope Nope Nope! Let God sort em out.

    • We Not They Finally

      That's some of the pity of it. In times of catastrophe, what we need the most is more humanity and compassion. But instead, we seem to be getting the opposite. Very hard to endure, yes. We just need to keep trying to be better than what we see around us. To keep our spirits in a better place. But that can be very hard, yes.

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      .. 🙂 Yes, you have seen and experienced the dark side and it's now sadly s all around us my friend.

      Creating your own peaceful paradise is the only way to are very wise.

    • melting mermaid melting mermaid

      I know how you feel Ontological, It's hard. Our planet is terminally ill and no one seems to care. Yall here at enenews are my only connection to the outside world and Thank you so much for being here. I don't know what I would do without all of you. A community of enenewsers, now that would be paradise. Knowing what we know, here, and about the general direction of mankind if you had a reset button would you push it? We have been on a collision course for a long time and we finally hit a wall. Are you surprised? What can we do about the problem if we are the problem? I don't pretend to know and I wouldn't bother asking any one else as it is generally an act of futility. Most people can't handle the truth and will fight tooth and nail to maintain their delusions. Can't say I blame them.

      • jimbojamesiv

        Really great (inspiring) comment, since I feel the same way how there's a little bit of sanity in this corner, and I was thinking before coming to your comment how enenews brings some very genuine people out of the woodworks, even if it intriguingly brings out some racists and libertarians, who reflect a great truth, although, as you suggest, I don't know what it is.


          exactly, jimbojamesiv. The Melting Mermaid's awesome.

          What's made this a great place is our willingness to contemplate each others positions. We're from all political extremes and everyplace within, yet that hasn't prevented us from discovering our common ground. That's what makes this place unique; that we're disciplined enough to consider the angles, before chiming in.

          Does that mean we're incapable of holding strong opinion? Far from it. Just that, being willing to listen to another's way of thinking, is the first step towards getting them to accept yours!

          The only people I've come to avoid, are those who think they're above learning from others. If-and-when you find me acting so, grab a hammer-chisel and have at it…

          • WisconsinMom

            I read all your comments daily, but think I posted once. We ARE all we have! I just spent a weekend with relatives, one a teacher, the other a professor. The teaches was totally unaware of Fuku… and the professor, knowing of the nuclear issues, said "We just need to get better guidelines in place." And, then he insisted that there were no more nuclear plants being built. Being the outspoken one, I attempted to tell him that there still are plans to construct new plants, and that no guidelines will change the fact that we are creating a mess that will last for 100's of thousands of years. I don't think man has created anything that can last more than two years anymore… Yep…we're all we have!

            Thanks everyone for keeping us all company on this journey.

        • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

          Pretty sure the dark side has no boundaries, colors or particular political affiliations. 🙂

          The dark side is everywhere and is in us, them, you, me and we…. 🙁

  • Homolumina Homolumina

    Hi all, so sad, so much grief, love to everyone here…

    I hardly have any insects in my garden, that was a buzzing place in the past – years ago… I have not seen any spiders, no ants, worms – not even flies on my dog's pile – it is so scary.

    I wish I could live in a village with the enenews community. Ontological – you and your dear wife are not alone. We are just not in the same physical-, but in the same heart space.

    • Ontological Ontological

      Correct, I did mean physically alone. I know there are those of us left who care to try and educate people to at least know what is happening. The collective of all things Human are indeed in the heart. That is where we allow those whom have passed on to live inside us. Our memories of past loved ones and friends are actually phantasms of time events that cannot be erased. Should we survive to the Golden Age this cycle, a miracle like none other will have to had occurred to make it possible. This is quite possibly Mankind's last chance for self contemplated redemption as a race. Let the energy of those who choose to send light saturate your very being, and return it by sharing wisdom.
      Feed your birdies, share love and joy with them, give everything left alive in your garden caring and comfort. The Karma will be strong where you next find Darmah.

      • Homolumina Homolumina

        I do, am feeding and feeding dear Ontological, seeds of all kinds – not only to the birds, but them too, smiles… I am wondering how quantum physics views this whole issue. It is proven that for example a leaf grows into a matrix of light that is in place before the actual physical growth. From the bit I understand isotopes destroy that very light matrix. But there are meanwhile tools developed to measure quantum fields – an energy medicine is being developed as we speak, especially in Russia – see Dr. Korotkov and his work. There has to be a way to solve this, I just cannot give up. There is so much potential in the human spirit and so much love in the human heart …

        • Daisy207

          Make sure you know where your seed comes from – if it comes from the west coast don't put it out on the east coast – grow your own sunflowers. We are all going to have to boycott anything (especially food sources) from the west coast. Please don't send any more lettuce or anything else from Dole or any other processor from California or Hawaii (Dole has big plantations there) to the east coast. We don't want your radiated crap. Watch out for pet food – especially made with fish that might come from the pacific that they can't easily be sold for human consumption – if they can sell it to us first for money they won't move it lower into the food chain. I don't want my dogs eating that crap. In fact I now have a whole collection of dog food recipes that they seem to love – and I make it from all local ingredients.

          • Helena Handbasket Helena Handbasket

            There is no line or border that keeps the danger in the West. Don't kid yourself- there is nowhere to run/hide.

    • Hi Homolumina,

      I am creating an education center and community in Nicaragua based upon the idea of living in harmony with the Earth. There will be classes in everything one needs to live off the land (permaculture, homesteading, natural medicine, survivalism, beekeeping, building with cob, stone, bamboo and adobe – the list is huge) as well as a wellness clinic for detox and natural therapies and a community of like minded people. It is below the jet stream and the property is on a fresh water lake.

      The idea came to me in a vision in the forest. When I attend ceremonies, I often become one with the Pacha Mama and all of her pain becomes mine. Creation gave me a beautiful gift, including glimpses of the future and a vision to help reconnect humanity with our roots.

      I try not to think about the. Caring ton Effect, believing in my heart that there is a so,union and in part requires us to vibrate at higher frequencies. Just my own belief – I do not claim to have the answer. I want to create a place where the elders, abuelas and abuelos and the shamans and medicine people can share the palabras and stories in oral tradition so that we do not lose our connection to the ancient wisdom.

      I am in the process of putting together the business plan, website and FB pages and crowd sourcing campaign.

      This isn't shameless self promotion or a request for anything, just something to let you know that there are a lot of enenewsers that are creating communities. I hope more…


        when all is said and done, Kelly Ann Thomas, your efforts will become a guiding light for others. Let no one turn you away from your vision…

      • Homolumina Homolumina

        Kelly Ann ! Thank you so much for sharing !!! Please keep me in the loop with your project, this sounds like heaven…. I might apply if I can. I am a full mesa carrier, hypnotherapist, human design analyst and advanced neuromuscular therapist – and I would love to be part of exactly such a community. Blessings your way !

      • Tung Jen Tung Jen

        Homo, sounds like we are doing the same sort of thing, I too had a vision of sorts.

  • Speedy

    Has anyone else noticed no bluebirds this year? Here in western NY, we usually have returning bluebirds fighting to use our 2 bluebird houses. This year non, zero, actually we haven't seen any birds fighting for the houses. By now, every spring brings blackbirds, and swallows that fight for use of these bird houses ( those little bluebirds always win)…this year not a one…desolate..I checked inside and they are not full of crap, I cleaned out the old nests and am still waiting ….for my favorite birds..I have a very bad feeling that my bluebird family is done for..

    • Homolumina Homolumina

      Yep Speedy, I am observing it too – I can count the bugs in my garden, no blue birds, no wood peckers, no butterflies and bees, no ants, no red robins either – so creepy, and when I talk about it people look at me like a deer in the headlights…

    • Crickets Crickets

      Here in California I've also noticed an absence of insects and birds that I come to expect to appear around Springtime. The fruit trees have finished blossoming and it appears that pollination was affected drastically. Most of the blossoms fell off but very few fruits have appeared in their place. Although I always consider the plume, we've also been having the most bizarre weather I've ever seen. Very few days with bright blue skies, just a sickly looking milky white, day after day. Everything looks so bleak.

    • Nails in the coffin Nails in the coffin

      Cell phone radiation is blinding to birds and other living beings that navigate by natural magnetic fields. Hopefully they aren't dead, just lost.

      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        Just lost is very wish full thinking..reports of birds dying and falling out of the sky have been documented worldwide now for many years.

        Have not read about any lost birds anywhere, but one never knows.. we can hope they are simply lost.

  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    Pro-nuke people never admit the radiation causes the harm we see. The only way they admit it ever causes harm is in the most extreme of circumstances and exposures…which of course they say can NEVER happen because they believe they and their industry are infallible. It is pointless to try to convince someone in a cult they are in a cult. We who are not in their nuclear cult must continue to point to the problems and evidence to make others see how the dangerous nuclear cult must be shut down.

  • weeman

    It is my believe that this is directly related to the noble gases that were released from Fukushima, we all know how sensitive birds are to gases of all kinds and I am sure it is not just effecting the snowy owls.
    Since the rise of mankind, I do not know of a organism that has been more effected than birds, we're mankind goes bird numbers plummet and diversity is lost.

  • I wish, I wish, I wish…

    …everyone would watch the first 60 seconds of this video.
    Bill Moyers Journal Sept, 21st 2007

    Rachael Carson writer of Silent Spring = HERO!

    She just wanted to write a book about children and nature, it led to much more.

    Thank you.

    • re-quoted by Rachel Carson

      "To sin by SILENCE when they should protest makes cowards out of men."
      – Abraham Lincoln

      "I believe that whenever we destroy beauty, whenever we substitute something man-made and artificial for a natural feature of this Earth, we've retarded some part of man's spiritual growth."

      "Mankind has gone very far into an artificial world of his own creation. He has sought to insulate himself in his cities of steel and concrete, away from the realities of earth, water, the growing seed. And intoxicated with a sense of his own power, he seems to be going farther and farther into experiments toward the destruction of himself and his world. There is certainly no single remedy for this condition. And I can offer no panacea. But it seems reasonable to believe, and I do believe, that the more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and the realities of this universe about us, the less taste we shall have for its destruction."
      – Kaiulani Lee as Rachel Carson

    • > Everyone would watch the first 60 seconds of this video.
      > Bill Moyers Journal Sept, 21st 2007

      Everyone should watch the entire video. Wow, powerful! Thanks, Chas Aha, for sharing the link.

  • vicky13 vicky13

    I wonder if this explains why Ottawa is seeing such a large migration of Snowys.

    We have a experimental farm in the center of Ottawa, 5 blocks from where I live, and they are nesting,,

    Radiation background levels here are running around 16 CPM on my GMC300E Geiger Counter, so even if you double that for a more sensitive pancake counter,, it's still pretty low, (so far).

  • West Aussie West Aussie

    If you want proof of how the Australian government and, by extension, TPTB wants us utterly unconscious about these events just try to watch the ABC's 'One plus one' with Helen Caldicott. The interviewer starts off by calling the ongoing catastrophe at Fukushima a "mishap" and then goes on to portray Ms Calicott as a depressive character by focusing on her experiences of the London 'Blitz' and trapping Helen into saying she was a gloom and doom type person. She also makes early mention of the fact that Helen was "ousted" from the physicians group she headed and that she "sensationally" blames the CIA for her removal. I had to switch off at this point as it just looked like a hatchet job by the ABC through its interviewer, whatshername, for the purposes of making the viewers think all those who are predicting worse to come from Fukushima are probably mentally unstable, or worse!
    The ABC in Australia uses a motto along the lines of "most trusted news organization in the World" which in light of so many recent instances of controlling, manipulating, pushing agendas, and reproducing the lies and fictions of others just makes me LOL.
    I listen to the birds in the morning more keenly than ever now. I don't know if anyone at the ABC would.
    I hope this has not been too far off topic but, I hope, gives another example of how we are being attacked on every level in society when you seek and/or disseminate the truth.
    It has also put the final nail in the coffin for me…

  • West Aussie West Aussie

    and the MSM.

  • Sickputer

    Look at this map and article about the snowy owl "invasion" of new territories:

    "Fig. 1. Snowy Owl point map for Nov-Dec 2013 as of 11 December (view live map online here). Note the concentration on the immediate Atlantic Coast, the exceptional records south to North Carolina and Bermuda, and the relative scarcity in the Great Plains and Pacific Northwest."

    "Arctic wanderers–Snowy Owl invasion 2013

    11 December 2013

    Snowy Owl at Revere Beach, MA, by Ryan Schain

    "Snowy Owls are staging an incredible invasion and reports continue to roll in to eBird. Most are coming from Atlantic Canada, the Northeast U.S., and Great Lakes, with several as far south as North Carolina and a pioneering one out to sea on Bermuda!

    These invasions are thought to occur because of variations in cyclical prey and predator populations in the Arctic, but the exact dynamics still leave many questions…."

    SP: Arctic owls flying to Bermuda huh? What could that bird tell us if we understood his hoots?

    The red dots on the map might even represent West coastal plain residents who sold their houses in the past three years and fled east.

    Go east young man! You might live to the ripe old age of 60 if you watch your diet!

    Welcome to the Fallout Age!

  • 52Rockwell

    I look at politics as I would a babeball game. A rigged game. Still fun to watch sometimes.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Like looking at women's breasts?…lolol

  • 52Rockwell

    Baseball :):):) .although Babeball sounds good 🙂

  • Nick

    If you enter a bird species, watch the numbers fall off in the PNW for some. (1989 vs 2013)

    Takes some time, but keep notes, and you'll see.

  • McJillin McJillin

    Thank you ChasAha; watched the interview in it's entirety. Very moving. Yes, Rachel Carson is a Hero!