“Seabird die-offs in Alaska are natural events, but the massive rate of starved dead birds washing ashore this month is as puzzling as it is unprecedented.
“Two weeks ago an estimated 8,000 murres were found laying dead by David Irons, a retired seabird biologist from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “I never thought I would see that many dead birds on one beach,” Irons told ThinkProgress.
“It’s fair to say that that’s never been recorded before,” said Rob Kaler, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seabird biologist, in an interview with ThinkProgress.” thinkprogress.org
GR: There have been numerous unusual die-offs in recent years. The best guess is that the death’s are related to shifting weather and food sources brought about by global warming.