Friday, April 06, 2007

Large Seabird Die-Off On Oregon Coast This Year

"January through March 2007, more beached dead seabirds than usual have been counted in Lincoln County and elsewhere on the Pacific Coast."

"The mortality thus far in 2007 is exceptional for some species in comparison with beached bird surveys by Bob Loeffel's team ongoing since 1978. The total in 2007 was among the top three years for seven species: fork-tailed storm-petrel, black-legged kittiwake, marbled murrelet, parakeet auklet, rhinoceros auklet, horned puffin, and tufted puffin." - Newport News-Times (bold mine)


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