Florida’s southwest coast, a ribbon of inlets and barrier islands normally brimming with wildlife, has become a red tide slaughterhouse this summer.
Dead fish by the thousands have clogged inlets and canals. Since Sunday, 10 dead Goliath grouper, the massive reef fish that can live four decades or more, have floated to the surface. At least 90 sea turtles have been found stranded as the tide stretches well into nesting season. And Tuesday, as hundreds of residents packed a standing-room-only Cape Coral yacht club to hear about the federal government’s efforts to deal with water conditions, a dead manatee washed up at a nearby boat ramp.
The list goes on: earlier this month the carcass of a whale shark was found on a Sanibel beach with red tide in its muscles, liver, intestines and stomach. Hundreds of double-breasted cormorants, brown pelicans and other seabirds have been sickened or died.
Coupled with a massive blue-green algae bloom that spread across Lake Okeechobee and snaked down the Caloosahatchee River in June, the dire conditions have infuriated businesses and residents, and drawn national attention to the normally quiet tourist towns.
“This is horrific what we’re enduring now, but it needs to be a wake-up call to people that clean water is important to more than just wildlife,” said Heather Barron, a veterinarian and research director at Sanibel’s CROW Clinic wildlife rescue center, which began treating poisoned birds as early as October. “As the person dealing with all these hundreds of dying animals, I’m upset.”
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Gulls have been dropping from the sky at Turtle Lake, leading to an unsettling feeling for locals and campers coming across the dead young birds.
Suzy Fey Pilat has found dozens of the birds lying around the beaches of the lake, located about 240 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon. She’s also watched as the birds have fallen from the sky.
“It feels like you’re in a horror movie. It’s crazy.”
She said two weeks ago, forecasts called for a storm and winds as high as 100 kilometres an hour. While winds didn’t reach that level, she says shortly after that storm, she began finding dead birds on the beach.
“Every day, since the first day, we were finding 17, 18, 19, 20 dead ones,” she said.
“They’re dying everywhere.”
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PHOTO: Some of the galahs found dead in Burra. (Facebook: Ruth Norris)
About 200 galahs have been found dead in the South Australian town of Burra, prompting investigations by the state’s Department for Environment and Water and the local council.
Dead birds started turning up in the historic Mid North town last Wednesday, with numbers increasing to about 200 by Monday, according to Animal Rescue and Care co-ordinator Ruth Norris.
A Facebook post featuring some of the deceased creatures by Ms Norris has been shared more than 1,600 times.
She said the birds otherwise looked healthy and it was not obvious how they had died.
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Dozens of birds were mysteriously found dead around the Mall of Abilene.
The mall’s general manager, Steven Niles, told KTXS that his staff discovered at least 50 purple martins dead on the mall’s property.
Niles said that he believes that lightning is to blame and that this was an isolated incident.
Annaliese Scoggin, a district biologist for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department based in Taylor County, drove around the Mall of Abilene on Friday to see where the dead birds were found.
Scoggin said that she first learned of the dead birds found at the mall on Thursday.
“Some had been taken to the [Abilene] Zoo for the bird rehab [program] because they were still alive,” Scoggin said. “There were several dozen that were found dead.”
However, there is a lot of uncertainty about how the birds died.
Scoggin said that the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has not determined yet what caused the death of the birds found outside of the mall.
“We don’t have a reason for them dying off, but it sounds like the [Abilene] Zoo may be sending some to the wildlife health center for further testing,” Scoggin said.
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Ghana has reported two outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5 bird flu on farms, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Friday, citing a report from Ghana’s agriculture ministry.
One of the outbreaks killed 5,431 birds out of an 11,000-strong flock on a farm in Boankra in the Ashanti region, while the other killed 5,935 out of 13,188 birds on a farm in Nkawkaw in the Eastern region, the report said.
The remaining birds in the flocks were all slaughtered.
The outbreak in Eastern region followed the illegal movement of birds from the outbreak farm in Ashanti, the report added.
Ghana earlier this year reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H9N2 bird flu on a farm in the southwest.
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Fire officials in Sterling called in a front end loader Friday night to clean up a large area of dead birds in the roadway.
In a message posted on Facebook, the Sterling Fire Department urged motorists to avoid Chocksett Road between Albright Road and Route 12 while police officers deal with “a very large area of dead birds in the roadway.”
The incident forced officials to temporarily close Chocksett Road to traffic.
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Hundreds of Ring Dove birds have died from an unknown disease in the last four days in Nosar village, about 100 km from Jodhpur city, officials said Wednesday.
On the basis of the post mortem examination, veterinarians initially termed the cause of death as food poisoning. However, to know the exact reason behind so many birds dying, authorities would be sending the samples to a Jaipur laboratory.
As per the officials, some locals found hundreds of dead birds in their fields. On receiving information about death of hundreds of birds, a team of animal husbandry department reached the village on Tuesday.
“The dead birds have been buried in the soil to prevent spread of any possible infection,” said Dr. Dashrath Singh, joint director, animal husbandry department.
Singh said nearly 900 birds have died. He said the birds were of the same species.
Nosar resident Jugal Kumar said that for the last four days he has visited several fields within four km radius of the village and seen hundreds of dead birds
He said the officials of the animal husbandry department had given injections to some sick birds on Tuesday but many dead birds were recovered on Wednesday too.
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Dead birds appeared on the roadsides in the Nizhny Tagil region, eyewitnesses report.
“Due to the abnormal weather in the Urals, hundreds of swifts fall from the sky from hunger and cold.
On the highway under Nizhny Tagil the birds fell directly to the ground from exhaustion and cold.
A whole flock of birds died, not having had time to fly to a more favorable area to search for food and warmth, ”one of the witnesses told E1.RU.
Thermoregulation swifts can not cope with temperature changes – with a sharp cooling, they hibernate.
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