Northern Fulmar die-off
- FYI, a very large Northern Fulmar die-off is taking place, with large
numbers of dead emaciated NOFU being found on beaches from at least
Monterey Bay to Newport, OR. In Monterey Bay the other day, 300
fresh dead fulmars were counted along a 24 mile stretch (Stillwell
Hall to New Brighton) (12.5 birds/mile). In Oregon, 74 dead fulmars
were found in a 4.6 mile stretch of beach on one morning last week
(16 birds/mile). Also in Oregon, a freshly dead unscavenged NOFU was
found in a forest at Willapa NWR.
all for now,
Calif Dept of Fish and Game
- In San Diego County, we're having a number (many dozens, if not hundreds)
of Northern Fulmars wash up on the beach. They are generally being found
dead or in a weakened state. Most, from what I've heard, are emaciated.
It is my understanding that this is a result of a "natural" event (i.e., no
DIRECT link to a man-made event, like an oil spill). It is also my
understanding that ONLY fulmars are washing up. Am I correct in my
understandings? Do any of you out there have any solid information
regarding this phenomenon? Thanks.
Gjon C. Hazard
Branch Chief, Recovery and Permits
Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office
6010 Hidden Valley Road
Carlsbad, CA 92009 USA