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2018 Alaska Seabird Die-off

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Beginning in May 2018, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) began receiving reports of dead and dying seabirds from the northern Bering and southern Chukchi seas. This event continues and now includes the Pribilof Islands and the northern Gulf of Alaska. Coastal communities have counted hundreds of dead seabirds that include: murres, fulmars, shearwaters, kittiwakes, auklets, and puffins.

The USFWS is coordinating with a team to collect reports and monitor several beaches. It is important to continue to track this event as it unfolds.  The public is requested to report observations of sick or dead birds to USFWS at 1-866-527-3358, or to local regional contacts listed in the USFWS fact sheet distributed in August 2018.

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