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...

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Deadly botulism bloom responsible for death of waterfowl and birds in Washington State as algae blooms around US causing health hazards

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A botulism bloom is suspected of causing the death of waterfowl and birds in the Wallula area.
Bird carcasses began appearing in wetland areas between Wallula and Burbank about a couple of weeks ago.
Since then more than 250 dead waterfowl and about 50 shorebirds have been collected, said Mark Vekasy, assistant district biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
There were no obvious signs of what caused the birds' death, although many appeared to have drowned, Vekasy said.
Carcasses have been sent to the National Wildlife Health Center and necropsies have ruled out avian flu or cholera.
Tests for botulism take longer and have yet to be returned, Vekasy said Monday, "but we've been working under the assumption of botulism."
Botulism is caused by a toxin produced by a naturally-occurring bacterium and in hot weather botulism blooms can occur in wetland ponds.
Along with directly causing the death of waterfowl and other birds, maggots feeding on carcasses can concentrate the toxin and that kills more birds and waterfowl as the birds feed on the maggots.
In an effort to cut down on the bird mortality, wildlife workers have been using reflective tape and propane cannons to scare away waterfowl and birds in the area.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been consulted and J.R. Simplot Company, which has land where some of the carcasses have been found, has been cooperating with helping with hazing efforts and collecting dead birds for disposal, Vekasy said.