Marching On Together

Marching On Together I have had a romance with a lady since my childhood just like thousands of other people around the world who are also in love with her. I have remained in love with her through the many bad times and the few good times, my love for her has never faltered and never will. My lady's name is Leeds United and she is just five games away from returning to the English Football Premiership, after sixteen years in the football wilderness. In the sixties, seventies and early nineties my lady was known as "Super Leeds," however in 2003, my love was relegated from the English Football Premiership due to financial miss-handling by her owners. "Super Leeds," dropped down to the third tier of English football. If Leeds United can grab ten points from their last five games my lady will be back where she belongs in the higher echelons of English football and I can once more embrace my love with happiness.

Leeds 5 v 0 Stoke, 7 points needed from 4 games...

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Avian Cholera killing birds in Washington State sanctuary!

A recent outbreak of avian cholera has killed about 500 birds, many of them Mallard ducks, at the McNary National Wildlife Refuge.  Photo Tri-City Herald
An outbreak of avian cholera has killed about 500 birds at the McNary National Wildlife Refuge near Burbank in the past week.
On Thursday, a crew was out at the refuge all day collecting even more dead birds.
The disease is not unusual in cold and wet weather, said Dan Haas of the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
But he does not remember a previous outbreak at the McNary refuge. Birds are particularly susceptible this year because the cold and snow have left them stressed, he said. People are not at high risk of infection by the bacteria that causes avian cholera. But they should still wear gloves when handling dead birds and wash hands thoroughly after disposing of birds, according to the National Wildlife Health Center. Most of the birds that have died are mallard ducks, which are common at the refuge, and other ducks. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service workers also have found a few great blue herons, belted kingfishers and northern harriers, which are a bird of prey, that have died on the refuge. Dead birds also have been seen on rivers and private property near the McNary refuge, but outbreaks have not been reported at other federal refuges in the Mid-Columbia River complex, reports the Tr-City Herald.

Mass animal deaths


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