Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Struggling Seabirds

West Coast seabirds are dying, apparently from a lack of food -- and some researchers think the phenomenon may be linked to global climate change.

This is the third year that scientists have found unusually large numbers of marine birds -- mainly common murres, but also rhinoceros auklets and tufted puffins -- washed up on beaches in California, Oregon and Washington. In 2005, the first year of the phenomenon, large numbers of Cassin's auklets also died. ...

Sydeman said the anomalies could be linked to global climate change.

"What's clear is that during the past decade, there's much more variability out there than there was during the preceding 40 years," he said.

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