April 15, 2013

Continued Need to Report Dead Birds on the East Coast and more wildlife disease news


Continued Need to Report Dead Birds on the East Coast

A direct request from our partner, Seabird Ecological Assessment Network (SEANET):

Hello members of the east coast wildlife community!

This winter has been a strange one in terms of seabird mortalities. Razorbills have died in droves from Maine to Florida; the Northeast has seen an unprecedented puffin die-off, and now Common Loons are turning up in surprising numbers in the mid-Atlantic.

Rather than try to piece together the story through third hand email reports and games of telephone, we'd like to encourage biologists, refuge workers, members of the public, wildlife rehabbers, and anyone else with info on a dead bird to report it all to a single place: the Wildlife Health Event Reporter (www.wher.org) You can both report dead birds and view everyone else's reports at that site. It's a fantastic resource!

Here's the link to follow and spread around. The more people who know about this, the higher the quality of the data, so please send this link far and wide!


Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or want more information. And thank you in advance for contributing data and for forwarding this email to anyone and everyone you can think of!

Sarah Courchesne, DVM
Staff Veterinarian, Seabird Ecological Assessment Network (SEANET)
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

***Please leverage your social networks to help SEANET track these unfolding bird mortality events.

Mysterious deaths: 10 peacocks drop dead in Tharparkar

Ten peacocks have died and several others are suffering from an unknown disease in Singalo village, Tharparkar. A number of birds died due to Ranikhet disease in Tharparkar last year and the residents of the village feel that the birds might be suffering from the same disease as the symptoms are similar.

The Express Tribune
09 Apr 2013
S Bajeer
Location: Thar Parkar District, Pakistan - Map It

Stone curlews died underweight because of 'cold spring'

One of the UK's rarest birds is being put at further risk by the cold spring, the RSPB has said.

The bodies of eight underweight stone curlews have been discovered in fields in Norfolk, Suffolk and Wiltshire over the past few days. The birds are thought to have come from Africa and Spain but struggled to find enough food to survive.

Conservation director Martin Harper said it was a "stark reminder of how fragile this species is". The birds weighed about 300g (10oz) compared to what is considered a healthy weight of 450g (15oz).

10 Apr 2013
Location: View locations of reports in England on the Global Wildlife Disease News Map


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