Unusual mortality of Tufted puffins (Fratercula cirrhata) in the eastern Bering Sea

@inproceedings{Jones2019UnusualMO,
  title={Unusual mortality of Tufted puffins (Fratercula cirrhata) in the eastern Bering Sea},
  author={Timothy F. Jones and Lauren Mallory Divine and Heather M. Renner and Susan Knowles and Kathi A Lefebvre and Hillary Kathleen Burgess and Charlie Wright and Julia K Parrish},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2019}
}
Mass mortality events are increasing in frequency and magnitude, potentially linked with ongoing climate change. In October 2016 through January 2017, St. Paul Island, Bering Sea, Alaska, experienced a mortality event of alcids (family: Alcidae), with over 350 carcasses recovered. Almost three-quarters of the carcasses were unscavenged, a rate much higher than in baseline surveys (17%), suggesting ongoing deposition and elevated mortality around St Paul over a 2-3 month period. Based on the… CONTINUE READING

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