February 17, 2010


Flamingos at risk from deadly avian disease

Nature lovers are being asked to look out for sick birds after a frail flamingo was captured last year with signs of a deadly avian disease. Avian botulism – which causes paralysis and often death in birds – could potentially wipe out the islands’ much loved water-based wildlife.

Herons, pelicans, flamingos and terns are among the species at risk from the fatal illness.

Scientists have confirmed that the TCI’s wetlands could easily support the growth of the avian botulism, but apart from the solitary flamingo they have not yet found any clear signs of sickness among local birds.

Turks and Caicos Weekly News - www.tcweeklynews.com
12 February 2010
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'Fingerprinting' Method Reveals Fate of Mercury in Arctic Snow

A study by University of Michigan researchers offers new insight into what happens to mercury deposited onto Arctic snow from the atmosphere.

The work also provides a new approach to tracking mercury's movement through Arctic ecosystems.

. . . As bigger animals eat smaller ones, the methylmercury is concentrated. In wildlife, exposure to methylmercury can interfere with reproduction, growth, development and behavior and may even cause death.

Science Daily - www.sciencedaily.com
16 February 2010
Photo credit: C Ronneseth/iStockphoto

Journal Article Cited

State Fish and Game joins probe into ailing pelicans

The state Department of Fish and Game has joined the probe into the brown pelican health crisis all along the California coastline, including Long Beach and San Pedro areas.

Since mid-January - especially after winter storms - an estimated 500 pelicans have been rescued in various conditions, from merely confused to dead.

Fish and Game is joining veterinarians, wildlife rescue and rehabilitation groups, Sea World, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and others, pooling resources to pinpoint the health hazards.

Press-Telegram - www.presstelegram.com
15 February 2010
J Segura
Location: Los Angeles County, California, USA - Map It


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