Posted on July 8, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Candy wrappers, styrofoam and other debris showing up in high percentage of dead birds along West Coast
A U.S. Geological Survey photo shows the remains of an albatross along with flotsam in ingested along the way.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Despite its vastness the Pacific Ocean is not immune to increases in plastic pollution, with concentrations off the coast of the Pacific Northwest reaching the level of the notoriously polluted North Sea, near the densely populated coast of northern Europe.
A new study led by a University of British Columbia researcher focused on the stomach contents of seabirds beached along the coastline from Canada down through Washington and Oregon.
The research group closely examined 67 dead northern fulmars and found that 92.5 per cent had plastics like twine, Styrofoam and candy wrappers in their stomach. On average, each of the dead birds contained 36.8 pieces. The average total weight of plastic was 0.385 grams per bird. One bird was found with 454 pieces of plastic in its stomach. (more…)
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Posted on February 17, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Four-day tally helps provide continental snapshot of bird populations
The American kestrel is the American Birding Association's bird of the year and is declining in some parts of the country. PHOTO COURTESY @MiaMPhotography. Click on the image for more bird photos.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The 15th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (Feb. 17-20) is going high tech this year, with interactive online maps and graphs updating results of the national event every hour.
The annual count helps create a real-time snapshots of where various bird species are across the continent. Follow the #GBBC hashtag or @audubonsociety on Twitter for more updates.
“The GBBC is a fun and easy event to experience birding while providing valuable information on birds at both the local level and in a manner that contributes to a national picture,” said Robert Skorkowsky, avian program coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service. (more…)
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