About 3700 breeding pairs of the albatross live on the Antipodean Islands south-east of New Zealand, but the giant seabird is under threat.
As many as 20,000 guillemots have died in Dutch waters in the past few weeks, baffling researchers, broadcaster NOS said on Tuesday. The sea birds, which breed on cliffs and live on fish and crustaceans, are being washed up dead on Dutch shores from the Wadden Islands to Zeeland.
The Ascension population has declined in numbers from several million in the middle of the last century, to just a few hundred thousand today. A team based in the University’s School of Biosciences believes the birds’ plight is closely linked to changes in populations of predatory fish such as tuna.
“Without adequate protection from dogs, cats and human intervention, there is a risk that Little Penguins may become extinct on mainland Tasmania.”
Industrial fishing vessels that accidentally kill tens of thousands of albatrosses each year routinely ignore regulations designed to save the birds from extinction, according to research.
According to ornithologist George Divoky, this loss of winter sea ice could be “the final nail in the coffin” for a colony of birds already struggling with other aspects of climate change.
Scientists examining the devastating impact plastics are having on the world’s oceans have identified seabirds with more than 250 man-made objects lodged in their stomachs.
In a study published online in the journal Marine Ornithology in June this year, Mondreti and co. warn that egg poaching could potentially drive the birds nesting in Pitti to extinction.
The bodies of hundreds of mummified penguins in Antarctica aren’t a sign of an ancient illness that swept through the icy continent, nor are they the remains of a penguin massacre by a ravenous predator.
Plummeting populations in a huge Alaska wildlife refuge might be caused by climate change and plastics.
The die-offs have continued into 2018, with more than 1,400 birds reported rotting on Bering Sea beaches and showing signs of starvation since May, according to the National Park Service.
Scotland’s population of Arctic Skuas could become extinct if the decline in numbers is not halted, according to a study by the RSPB.
The researchers have found evidence that the warming ocean is both directly and indirectly affecting seabird populations in Alaska.