- Hello, Jeff -
- Remember last week on the program I said
that we will know bird flu is here when we see massive bird die offs?
I also said then that I thought bird flu is already here.
- Well, we now have another die-off. We
never did get informaton from the Bahamas...only that the birds - an assortment
of flamingos and migratory water fowl - all suddenly died of 'old age.'
- Did these Oregon birds all suddenly die
of old age, too?
- Oregon Bird Die-Off Perplexes
- Oregon Live
- Hundreds of the seabirds known as rhinoceros
auklets have washed up on the Southern Oregon coast, and scientists have
not settled on an explanation for the die-off.
- The birds seem to be in good shape off
California and Washington, a researcher said.
- "The questions in my mind are: is
this something that's widespread in Oregon? Is it a freak event, like a
storm or something that's going to last longer?" said seabird researcher
Dr. Julia Parrish, an associate professor of biology at the University
- Explanations include a storm that killed
lots of birds as they were gathering for breeding season, and warming ocean
waters that are inhospitable to the bird's food source.
- There were no reports of an increase
of dead auklets elsewhere, said Parrish, executive director of the Coastal
Observation and Seabird Survey Team.
- Beach observers said the birds started
washing up this month [March 2006] off Southern Oregon, and hundreds of
carcasses, as many as 20 to 30 a mile, were reported last week.
- The birds live most of their lives at
sea. They are scrappy, constant fliers and look like little footballs,
almost pointy on the ends, black on top and white underneath.
- Rhinoceros auklets (_Cerorhinca monocerata_)
are medium sized birds, about 550 grams, mostly grey/black and white. They
have a prominent horn on their bill during breeding season. They are most
often found from British Columbia, Canada down through Washington State
- The cause could be a number of things
mentioned in this article or even domotic acid that is responsible for
the die-off of these birds. We look forward to a definitive report regarding
the cause. - Mod.TG
- Patricia A. Doyle, DVM, PhD- Bus Admin,
Tropical Agricultural Economics
- Univ of West Indies
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