Up to 90 per cent of seabird populations in northern New Zealand are at risk of extinction, scientists say, with emerging threats like climate change adding extra pressure.
A study conducted by US researchers determined the high numbers of remains found by volunteer beach combers were just the tip of the iceberg, representing a massive mortality event of up to 8,800 birds.
That’s small enough to make it into a petrel’s stomach but too large to make it out of the small intestine, which can cause a blockage resulting in death.
The carcasses have been taken to Launceston for an autopsy but it’s understood the deaths are consistent with a dog attack.
At first glance, it appears to be an innocuous photo of dozens of pieces of plastic neatly aligned on a tray. Accompanying the image was another photo of himself removing the plastics from a dead seabird, just three months old.
World’s second largest emperor penguin colony ‘disappeared overnight’ with thousands of chicks wiped out
The world’s second largest emperor penguin colony is believed to have been effectively wiped out overnight, with thousands of chicks drowning after an ice shelf in Antarctica collapsed.
New research, published in the journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research, has found that seabirds are being exposed to elements such as lead and selenium at potentially high enough concentrations to start causing problems.
A new study has found that balloons are the highest-risk plastic debris item for seabirds — 32 times more likely to kill than ingesting hard plastics. Researchers looked at the cause of death of 1733 seabirds from 51 species and found that one in three of the birds had ingested …
Years ago, unsettling news emerged from the subantarctic: supersized mice were killing and eating chicks in one of the most important seabird colonies in the region. Now, researchers have documented mice eating adult seabirds, a discovery with potentially huge ramifications for the seabird populations.
83% of the gray shearwater chickens analyzed in the Canary Islands in recent studies by Canarian scientists had plastic inside. A study finds microplastics in all corpses of whales, seals and dolphins analyzed.
‘Chemicals from plastics have been found inside the eggs of seabirds living in remote Arctic colonies, in the latest sign of pollution contaminating the furthest reaches of the planet.
About 3700 breeding pairs of the albatross live on the Antipodean Islands south-east of New Zealand, but the giant seabird is under threat.