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Thousands of Migrating Birds Drop Dead Across Southwestern U.S.

 

September 18, 2020

NMSU professor Martha Desmond, biologist in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology is trying to find out why hundreds of thousands of migratory birds have been found dead across the state. (Stephanie May Joyce / New Mexico State University)

Thousands of dead migratory birds in the southwestern United States have scientists baffled, reports Algernon D'Ammassa for the Las Cruces Sun-News. "Unprecedented" numbers of dead birds have turned up in and around New Mexico in the last few weeks, and researchers aren't yet sure why, Martha Desmond, an ecologist at New Mexico State University (NMSU), tells the Sun-News.

The phenomenon first gained notice when hundreds of dead birds were found at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico on August 20 but has since spread across at least five U.S. states and four Mexican states, per the Sun-News.

Speaking with Kevin Johnson of Audubon, Desmond estimates that if dead birds continue to pile up the total could reach six figures. "We haven't counted all the species yet, but there are lots of species involved," she adds. Per Audubon, there have been reports of dead owls, warblers, hummingbirds, loons, flycatchers, woodpeckers and other species migrating south to escape the winter cold.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thousands-migrating-birds-drop-dead-across-southwestern-us-180975828/?utm_source=smithsoniandaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20200917-daily-responsive&spMailingID=43485789&spUserID=NTkyNzY2ODg1MzgyS0&spJobID=1841497307&spReportId=MTg0MTQ5NzMwNwS2

 

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