Update on slimed seabirds in Pacific Northwest

10 12 2009

Volunteer Karen Beck releases a rehabilitated grebe.

In a previous post, we reported on seabirds caught in the slimy byproduct of a bizarre algal bloom off the coast of Oregon in October. The influx of seabirds overwhelmed wildlife rehab facilties in Oregon and spilled over into northern California. At the end of November, a small scale triumph: the Wildlife Center of the North Coast in Oregon released 40 grebes and murres back into their natural habitat after successful washing and rehabiliation.

In total, the algal bloom is now estimated to have killed over 10,000 seabirds.




One response

17 12 2009
Another update on the slimed birds; a link to dinosaurs? « SEANET Blog

[…] week, we provided a brief follow-up on some of the birds treated and released after a bizarre algal bloom in the Pacific Northwest. […]

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