November 1, 2012

Today's Wildlife Diseases News Stories

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Hurricane Sandy Aftermath: What Happens to the Birds?

Rough surf breaks over the storm-battered dunes of
Cape May, New Jersey, on October 29.
Photograph by Mel Evans, AP
The devastating superstorm that hit the U.S. East Coast this week didn't just wreak havoc on human communities—the spawn of Hurricane Sandy also damaged habitat for coastal bird species....

We talked to Bryan Watts, director of the Center for Conservation Biology in Williamsburg, Virginia, to get a bird's-eye perspective on the disaster....

Are you worried about birds dying?

We have mortality events with these hurricanes, [especially with] birds that are either migrating or in vulnerable situations. Although surprisingly we have tracked several whimbrels with satellite transmitters that have flown directly through these storms. Last fall, we tracked a whimbrel named Chinquapin right into Hurricane Irene that successfully [landed] in the Bahamas.

National Geographic
30 Oct 2012
C Dell'Amore

Local birds tested for neurologic disease

Remember the birds we showed you last week, being treated for feeling the effects of red tide in Southwest Florida? Monday, the state went to Sanibel Island to test the birds.

They want to make sure the birds aren't suffering from a devastating neurologic disease called the Newcastle Disease Virus - or NDV. Both NDV and red tide toxin show similar symptoms.

So FWC's Dan Wolf and CROW Director Dr. Heather Barron teamed up to study nearly 20 double-crested cormorants."More than likely, it's red tide. But we can never be sure and if we have a bird with neurologic signs it would be wrong not to test these," Wolf said.

Most recently in Florida, the disease turned up two years ago in birds near Tampa and St. Petersburg.

ABC 7 -
29 Oct 2012
Location: Florida, USA

Earlier article on birds affected by red tide toxins
>>> CROW helping victims of red tide [Sanibel, Florida, USA - Map It    ]

Long-billed vulture numbers recover in Pakistan after diclofenac ban

...Populations of the critically endangered long-billed vulture (Gyps indicus) in Pakistan are beginning to recover after the ban of diclofenac, a veterinary drug that is toxic to vultures, a new study shows.

...However a new study by the Peregrine Fund found that by 2008, two years after the ban, breeding populations of the long-billed vulture at study sites in Pakistan had increased by up to 52%.

The Guardian -
30 Oct 2012
J Aldred

Reported Wildlife Mortality Events to the USGS National Wildlife Health Center Updated

USGS and a network of partners across the country work on documenting wildlife mortality events in order to provide timely and accurate information on locations, species and causes of death.

This information was updated on October 26, 2012 on the USGS National Wildlife Health Center web page, New and Ongoing Wildlife Mortality Events Nationwide.

Quarterly Mortality Reports are also available from this page. These reports go back to 1995.

USGS National Wildlife Health Center
  26 Oct 2012

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