and now for something completely depressing...pelican deaths
- What is the birder/science scuttlebutt on the slew of dead and weakened pelicans showing up around the Bay Area recently? Is there also evidence of other seabird die-off that isn't making the news?
A Wary Watcher,
- Here's a useful article on the situation from the the IBRRC, via 10,000
severe storms pounded the Californian coast in late-January literally
battering pelicans and other seabirds. Compounding the effects of the storms
there has been mass pollution caused by run-off which has washed toxins and
rubbish into the sea through storm-drains, off coastal roads, and from
agriculture alongside the Pacific Ocean. Seabirds have been poisoned, hurt,
exhausted, and killed in huge numbers.
*Literally hundreds and hundreds of Brown Pelicans are in care (photo left,
copyright IBRRC) and the bill for cleaning, looking after, and feeding them
is enormous - and growing all the time.*
> What is the birder/science scuttlebutt on the slew of dead and weakened
> pelicans showing up around the Bay Area recently? Is there also evidence of
> other seabird die-off that isn't making the news?
Chuq Von Rospach - http://www.chuqui.com
(chuqvr@...; chuqui@...; Twitter: @chuq)
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