Recent Animal Deaths and Upcoming Preview of Class Predictions

I was startled when I opened an e-mail from my Aunt today.  I receive about 4 e-mails a year from her, so I open most all of them unlike some of my other relatives.  The e-mail was concerning a recent blog reported by www.naturalnews.com with links to news stories covering deaths of different animals.  I have this relevant information here:

12.13.10 – Thousands of dead barramundi fish wash up in Australia, unknown causes (http://www.themorningbulletin.com.a…

12.15.10 – Thousands of dead fish wash ashore on Florida beach, blamed on cold weather (http://www.cfnews13.com/article/new…)

12.17.10 – Dead fish wash ashore at lake beach in Indiana, blamed on winter storms (http://www.wndu.com/localnews/headl…)

12.18.10 – Thousands of dead fish turn up in bay in Philippines, unknown causes (http://globalnation.inquirer.net/ce…)

12.22.10 – More than a hundred dead pelicans turn up in North Carolina, unknown causes (http://www.carteretnewstimes.com/ar…)

12.23.10 – Hundreds of dead sea creatures wash ashore in South Carolina, blamed on cold water (http://www.abcnews4.com/Global/stor…)

12.23.10 – Ten tons of mostly dead fish found in fishing net in New Zealand, unknown causes (http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/loc…)

12.27.10 – Scores of dead fish wash ashore in a lake in Haiti, unknown causes (http://www.france24.com/en/20101227…)

12.28.10 – 70 bats found dead in Tucson, Ariz., unknown causes (http://www.azcentral.com/news/artic…)

12.29.10 – Dozens of fish found dead in San Antonio, Texas, unknown causes (http://www.ksat.com/news/26316464/d…)

12.31.10 – 5,000+ birds found dead in Arkansas, suffering from massive trauma and blood clots (http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/01/03/ar…)

01.03.11 – 100,000+ dead drum fish found in Arkansas river, unknown causes (http://www.todaysthv.com/news/local…)

01.03.11 – Dozens of dead birds show up in a woman’s backyard in Kentucky, unknown causes (http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/news/loca…)

01.03.11 – Tens of thousands of dead fish wash ashore in Chesapeake Bay, Md., blamed on cold water (http://www.wbaltv.com/r/26357581/de…)

01.03.11 – 100 tons of dead fish wash ashore in Brazil, unknown causes (http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10…)

01.04.11 – Several dead manatees found on Florida coast, unknown causes (http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news…)

01.04.11 – Thousands of dead fish wash up on creek in Florida, unknown causes (http://www.wftv.com/news/26367953/d…)

01.04.11 – Hundreds of dead fish was ashore on St. Clair River in Ontario, Can., unknown causes (http://www.torontosun.com/news/cana…)

01.04.11 – Hundreds of dead black birds found on highway in Louisiana, suffering from internal injuries and blood clots (http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/11…)

01.05.11 – Hundreds of dead birds found on highway in Texas, unknown causes (http://www.ktre.com/global/story.as…)

01.05.11 – Large amount of dead fish wash up on New Zealand beaches, unknown causes (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/a…)

01.05.11 – Up to 100 jackdaw birds found dead on road in Sweden, unknown causes (http://www.thelocal.se/31262/20110105/)

01.06.11 – 40,000+ dead Devil crabs washed ashore in the U.K., unknown causes (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_…)

01.07.11 – More than 1,000 dead turtle doves found in Italy, unknown causes (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/wor…)

01.10.11 – Countless fish found dead in U.K. brook, unknown causes (http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/…)

01.11.11 – Thousands of gizzard shad fish float to the top of Lake Michigan and wash up on the shores near Chicago, blamed on cold weather (http://www.hispanicallyspeakingnews…)

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/030985_mysterious_deaths_birds.html#ixzz1AsuELwPW

From a statistical standpoint, I wonder how odd this truly is?  The recent scare from apparent fireworks killing birds has many news agencies looking for stories.  When I travel around beach areas, it’s not uncommon at all to see dead fish on the shore.  Many times small shad get caught on the shore when the tide lowers.  It would be interesting to know how often this really happens.
BTW, if you are waiting to see my report of students predictions, I started them today.  From my first analysis, I only have two students that were predicted to score in proficiency level 3 using October testing.  The other 107 were predicted in proficiency level 4.  Testing from the beginning of the year predicted 10 students scoring in proficiency level 3 and 100 in proficiency level 4.  Hopefully, I’ll get these two students in the highest achievement level before February predictive testing.  I plan to use some Principle Component Analysis techniques to make the data presentable in my upcoming post.
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