Thousands of Dead Fish Wash Up on Galveston Island
The Texas Department of State Health Services said a bloom of Karenia brevis, also known as red tide, was found in Galveston Bay in concentrations high enough to kill the fish.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials began receiving reports of fish kills on Friday. The reports were from Quintana Beach to the mouth of the Colorado River and included mostly Gulf menhaden, also called shad, with a few mentions of gafftopsail and hardhead catfish.
Additional fish kills were reported over the weekend at Surfside Beach and Galveston; samples were collected from the Surfside jetty and San Luis Pass to look for Karenia brevis.
In addition, fishermen reported coughing and dead fish 4 miles offshore of Galveston. Dead flounder and stingrays have been reported at Kemah and Bacliff.
Environment News Service - ens-newswire.com
13 Aug 2012
Location: Surfside Beach - Map It ; San Luis Pass - Map It ; Galveston Island - Map It and Quintana Beach - Map It , Texas, USA
Protected Areas Allow Wildlife to Spread in Response to Climate Change, Citizen Scientists Reveal
A new study led by scientists at the University of York has shown how birds, butterflies, other insects and spiders have colonised nature reserves and areas protected for wildlife, as they move north in response to climate change and other environmental changes.
The study of over 250 species, led by researchers in the Department of Biology at York, is published online by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The conclusions were based on the analysis of millions of records of wildlife species sent in predominantly by members of the public.
The work represents a major new discovery involving collaborators in universities, research institutes, conservation charities, and regional and national government but -- crucially --fuelled by 'citizen science'.
Science Daily - www.sciencedaily.com
10 Aug 2012
Scientists find mutant butterflies exposed to Fukushima fallout
In the wake of last year's massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan, the Fukushima nuclear power plant on the country's northeast coast barely avoided a complete meltdown. Tens of thousands of residents were displaced and officials assured the world that the release of harmful radiation posed little threat. Now a new paper published in Scientific Reports has found that this is likely far from the truth, as at least one species of butterfly from the surrounding area has suffered major damage stemming from radiation exposure.
Yahoo News - news.yahoo.com
15 Aug 2012
OTHER WILDLIFE HEALTH RELATED NEWS
Photo courtesy of the Guardian's Week in Wildlife
- Mountain Lion Dead of Valley Fever [San Diego Co., California, USA - Map It ]
- Water tests good, deer deaths remain a mystery [Will Rogers Turnpike, Oklahoma, USA - Map It ]
- Stranded whale dies on beach in Cornwall [Carlyon Bay, England - Map It ]
- Heat, drought and other factors contributing to recent elk deaths [Missouri Dept of Conservation press release][Missouri, USA - Map It ]
- Update: Fish die-off event is over; cause still to be determined [Canada]
- Kenya begins construction of wildlife forensic lab [Africa]
- South Asia: Hot spot for cross-border diseases
- Peacock deaths: Senate asks wildlife dept to control the spread of Newcastle disease [View earlier story on Disease Map][Pakistan]
- USF Study: Frogs Getting Sick from Climate Change [USF Press Release]
- Genetic Study Finds Bullfrog Trade is Prime Pathway For Devastating Amphibian Fungus [Cited journal article HERE]
- How A Virus In Snakes Could Offer Clues To Ebola In Humans
- Michigan deer deaths not a concern [Michigan, USA]
- SICK AND DEAD DEER REPORTED IN EASTERN KANSAS [Kansas, USA - Map It ]
- West Nile virus spreads faster
- VCU researchers study West Nile in birds and mosquitoes
- Dallas County Declares West Nile Virus State of Emergency [Texas, USA]
- Two Birds Test Positive for West Nile Virus in Atherton [Atherton, California, USA - Map It ]
- Knox County bird tests positive for West Nile virus [Knox Co., Illinois - Map It ]
Wildlife Disease Management News
- Marine biologist calls for protocols to deal with dead seals [USA]
- Agencies update plan for managing chronic wasting disease [Michigan, USA]