Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 6, 2014

Massive Iceland Seabird Decline

National Geographic reports on the massive population loss of Iceland’s seabird population.

Traditionally Iceland, has been a prime habitat for seabirds as it surrounded by the food-rich currents of Atlantic, Arctic, and polar waters. Its rocky coast, hillocky fields, and jutting sea cliffs are breeding grounds for 23 species of Atlantic seabirds, including large numbers of Atlantic puffins, black murres, razorbills, great skuas, northern fulmars, and black-legged kittiwakes.

However scientists are reporting

Alarmed scientists have returned from fieldwork throughout the North Atlantic with sobering descriptions of massive chick die-offs and colonies abandoned with eggs still in the nests.

The suspected culprits are many. But the leading candidates are the array of profound changes under way in the world’s oceans—their climate, their chemistry, their food webs, their loads of pollutants

Read more at Iceland’s Seabird Colonies Are Vanishing, With “Massive” Chick Deaths


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  5. The main culprit? Humans and their selfish ways.

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  6. This is horrible, and one fears that the devastation is just beginning, as they say, we’re on the verge of next great extinction

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