Seabird Die-Off Reporting

2018-06-14T16:52:40+00:00June 14th, 2018|Latest News & Updates|

During May, seabirds, primarily murres, have been washing up on beaches at Saint Lawrence Island, Shishmaref, and Eastern Norton Sound. Some of these seabirds have been reported “struggling to stay upright in the water”. Only one murre was collected in May and analyzed. That murre died of starvation. No other disease was detected.

We need your help in reporting and collecting any dead seabirds to better understand what is happening.

DON’T WAIT: PLEASE REPORT DEAD BIRDS

If you find dead birds, please contact:

  • Gay Sheffield: 434-1149 (UAF-Alaska Sea Grant, Nome)
  • Brandon Ahmasuk: 443-4265 (Kawerak, Nome)
  • USFWS “Dead Seabird Hotline”: (866) 527-3358 (USFWS, Anchorage)

SAFE HANDLING

  • Do not eat birds that have died from unknown causes.
  • Wear rubber gloves when picking up dead birds.
  • Wash your hands in warm soapy water to prevent infection through cuts in

    your skin or from touching your mouth.

  • Wash or throw away your gloves after use.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

  • Take photos using your cell phone and call in what you see!
  • Please report date, location, species, number of birds