The incidents of bird deaths include whole flocks of birds dying suddenly, with signs of blunt force trauma. The incidents of fish deaths include large numbers of fish of the same species dying at the same time.
These types of incidents have occurred around the world. The media have been highlighting these events, sometimes even asking if this might be related to the end times. This attention from the media makes it seem as if these are unusual events. But in fact many such events occur every year:
“Since the 1970s, the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center in Wisconsin has tracked mass deaths among birds, fish and other critters, said wildlife disease specialist LeAnn White. At times the sky and the streams just turn deadly. Sometimes it’s disease, sometimes pollution. Other times it’s just a mystery.”
“On average, 163 such events are reported to the federal government each year, according to USGS records. And there have been much larger die-offs than the 3,000 blackbirds in Arkansas. Twice in the summer of 1996, more than 100,000 ducks died of botulism in Canada. ‘Depending on the species, these things don’t even get reported,’ White said.”
Concerning the recent bird and fish deaths in the U.S. reported by the media, I think that the birds died from some natural event, such as a micro-downburst. This type of event has nothing to do with the tribulation (the apocalypse). It is an ordinary natural event. I think that the fish died from some natural event, such as a sudden temperature drop.
Since these types of events occur every year, many times in many places, the particular occurrences this year (2011) cannot be a sign of the Apocalypse.
Can animal deaths ever be a sign of that the Apocalypse (the tribulation) is near? I have studied the Bible extensively, even completing my own translation from the Latin Vulgate. I have written several books on the topic of the tribulation. There is nothing in the Bible, nor in traditional Catholic eschatology (theology concerning the end times) about bird or fish or other animal deaths in relation to the Apocalypse.
Are not the deaths of human persons more important than the deaths of animals? But the event of World War 2, in which millions of persons were killed, was not the start of the Apocalypse. Neither were any of the other wars since that time a sign of, or the start of the end times. Various disasters that have killed many human persons did not herald the Apocalypse. For example, in late 2004, there was an earthquake that caused a tidal wave, resulting in about 250,000 deaths all on one day, in Indonesia. And yet this did not mark the beginning of the apocalypse. So the deaths of some fish and birds cannot be a sign of the Apocalypse either.
However, for very different reasons, I believe that 2011 is the year that the tribulation (also called the Apocalypse) begins. See my books on eschatology for more on this subject.