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  • Hundreds of Eared Grebe Birds Die in Crash-Landing at Cedar City Wal-Mart Parking Lot
    by Morgan Skinner
    Published - 12/14/11 - 08:23 AM | 3 3 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Martin Tyner of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation describes the Eared Grebe rescue and release effort. (video/Susan Tyner)
    Martin Tyner of the Southwest Wildlife Foundation describes the Eared Grebe rescue and release effort. (video/Susan Tyner)
    A surviving grebe huddles in the snow after thousands of the birds crash landed Monday night in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Cedar City. (UDWR photo/Lynn Chamberlain)
    A surviving grebe huddles in the snow after thousands of the birds crash landed Monday night in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Cedar City. (UDWR photo/Lynn Chamberlain)
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    A Utah Division of Wildlife Resources employee frees some surviving grebes at Stratton Pond near Hurricane, Utah. (UDWR photo/Lynn Chamberlain)
    A Utah Division of Wildlife Resources employee frees some surviving grebes at Stratton Pond near Hurricane, Utah. (UDWR photo/Lynn Chamberlain)
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    (Cedar City, UT) - More than 1,500 Eared Grebes birds are dead in an apparent crash-landing in the Wal-Mart parking lot at Cedar City Monday night.

    Officials found hundreds of the birds in the Wal-Mart parking lot in south Cedar City after receiving calls. The large flock of aquatic birds apparently crash-landed as a result the snow storm over southern Utah. Wildlife officials believe the Grebes, which can only take off and land from bodies of water, and apparently became confused by the wet parking lot. Grebes aren't birds that anatomically are able to land on hard surfaces.

    Utah Division of Wildlife Resource officials and volunteers have rescued 2,500-3,000 of the birds relocating thems to Stratton pond near Hurricane and Quail Lake near St. George since large bodies of water around Cedar City are frozen.

    Lynn Chamberlain, Utah Department of Wildlife Information and Education Specialist, said it's the fourth time something like this has happened in the last 20-years but this is by far the largest.

    Eared Grebe
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    TamesJS
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    January 16, 2012
    Yeah as JamesTS points out, where are there graphic pictures of dead birds? Why else would I even read this article, I assumed my reward would be horrible images of thousands of dead animals. (Hey JamesTS, in case you are too dumb to understand, I am mocking you.)
    JamesTS
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    December 14, 2011
    So where are the photos of this incident? I've been to 12 sites carrying the story and not 1 photo. Did this even really happen???
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