Dead eiders on the Cape get their due

13 03 2012

A tagged and well-scavenged Common Eider. Photo: Mike Bjornholm

Your SEANET blogger was graciously offered a speaking slot at the Cape Cod Natural History Conference this past weekend. The conference, organized by Mass Audubon, is in its 17th year and offered presentations and posters from a wide range of environmental, conservation, and scientific groups. My talk on the causes of Common Eider die-offs on the Cape was well-received, though the local audience was much chagrined to find out that the virus afflicting the birds has been named Wellfleet Bay Virus, the eponymous pathogen bringing some degree of infamy down on a lovely body of water.

My thanks to Melissa Lowe Cestaro and Bob Prescott for coordinating and emceeing the event, respectively, and thanks to the now super-famous Seanetter Dennis Minsky for attending my talk–good to see you, as always!

We’ve been most gratified as well to discover that an article about the Common Eider die-offs by Doug Fraser of the Cape Cod Times could be found front page, above the fold in advance of the conference. My hat goes off to Doug, who gives a very thorough write-up here–he’s clearly a scientist’s reporter!



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25 09 2012
Rhode Island grad student tracking Common Eider movements « SEANET Blog

[…] a full annual cycle of data on the movements of these birds. Whenever we give a presentation on the annual eider die-offs on Cape Cod, we get numerous questions about where the birds may be congregating during the summer, and where […]

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