Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Dying Loons: Thousands of dead birds are showing up on northern Michigan’s shorelines

This story has nothing to do with scuba diving, but I will make the assumption that most scuba divers care about the environment or at least are concerned about damage being done to the enviroment.
I wrote this story because I think it's something that everyone in the state of Michigan, the Midwest and the southern part of the United States should know about.
Thousands of Michigan waterfowl washed up dead on the banks of Lake Michigan this past fall, the majority of which were common loons. The working hypothesis is that the loons died because they consumed botulism-infected round gobies, an invasive species. As any of you who dive Great Lakes shipwrecks know, the shipwrecks, at least in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, are often covered with gobies. Here is the link to my story, which includes a video with my primary source for the information. http://www.macombdaily.com/article/20130106/LIFE09/130109616/0/SEARCH/dying-loons-thousands-of-dead-birds-are-showing-up-on-northern-michigan-s-shorelines

I'd like to know what you think.

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