Mystery of Sea Birds Dying in the Eastern Bering Sea

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Why Have Thousands of Puffins and Other Seabirds Died En Masse in the Bering Sea?

by Brigit Katz Smithsonian.com

Seabirds are an important indicator of marine ecosystem health—and in 2016, signs began to emerge that something was very, very wrong in the eastern Bering Sea. Around 350 dead seabirds, most of them tufted puffins, washed onto Alaska’s St. Paul Island, shocking residents and experts.

“[Y]ou couldn’t walk more than a few steps before having to pick up another bird,” Lauren Divine, director of the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island Ecosystem Conservation Office, tells the Atlantic’s Ed Yong.

And the number of dead birds on St. Paul may represent just a fraction of the total birds that lost their lives between 2016 and 2017. In a new study published in PLOS One, a team of researchers used the locations of the bodies and weather data to estimate that between 3,150 and 8,800 seabirds in the eastern Bering Sea perished—a mass die-off that, according to the study authors, is at least partly attributable to climate change.

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Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master's of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. HAARP & ESCAT RADAR WEATHER WARFARE is microwaving the birds et alia w/ the already known & proven Ionospheric Heaters. Redundant stupefying willful ignorance continually on display.

  2. Well, don’t expect any truthful answers from the Federal or State fish and wildlife – they are told exactly what to say by Washington/NWO. The last news I got from from friends and then verified, is that hundreds of thousands of birds, fish and other aquatic creatures have died in the last 10 years or so. I fished, hunted and trapped from the Knik Arm to the Chukchi Sea and it was always plentiful – things have changed – Terribly. In all the years I lived there – it would get to 90′ during the summer, especially in the Interior. PS it’ still gets cold in Alaska and if it did warm up for a few years – the plants, animals and us humans – could handle it. We can’t handle weather weapons, radiation, and stupid Biologists from the Government.

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