Birdwatchers and researchers in the Western U.S. are sounding an alarm about the mysterious deaths of seabirds:

“This is just massive, massive, unprecedented,” said Julia Parrish, a University of Washington seabird ecologist who oversees the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST), a program that has tracked West Coast seabird deaths for almost 20 years. “We may be talking about 50,000 to 100,000 deaths. So far.”

What’s causing the deaths?

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4 thoughts on “What is causing the mass deaths of seabirds on the U.S. West Coast?

  1. Is Fukushima too obvious as a possible cause here? I’d guess these species have been stressed anyway, maybe this has just been too much on top of the “normal” pollution levels.


    • Fukushima radiation certainly didn’t help. But, what climate change is doing to our oceans right now is orders of magnitude worse. They are warming and acidifying so rapidly that scientists are desperately searching for viable solutions. Elizabeth Kolbert’s recent book The Sixth Extinction details how we are in the midst of a mass species die-off.

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