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Common murres collected in Alaska from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016 and shipped to USGS National Wildlife Health Center for cause of death determination

Dates

Publication Date
Start Date
2015-01-01
End Date
2016-12-31

Citation

Bodenstein, B., 2019, Common murres collected in Alaska from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016 and shipped to USGS National Wildlife Health Center for cause of death determination: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9O4Y5EO.

Summary

About 62,000 dead or dying common murres (Uria aalge), the trophically dominant fish-eating seabird of the North Pacific, washed ashore between summer 2015 and spring 2016 on beaches from California to Alaska. Most birds were severely emaciated and, so far, no evidence for anything other than starvation was found to explain this mass mortality. Three-quarters of murres were found in the Gulf of Alaska and the remainder along the West Coast. Total mortality was estimated at 0.54 to 1.2 million birds. About two-thirds of murres killed were adults, a substantial blow to breeding populations. Additionally, 22 complete reproductive failures were observed at multiple colonies region-wide during (2015) and after (2016-2017) the mass mortality [...]

Contacts

Point of Contact :
Barbara L Bodenstein
Process Contact :
USGS National Wildlife Health Center
Originator :
Barbara L Bodenstein
Metadata Contact :
Barbara L Bodenstein
Publisher :
U.S. Geological Survey
Distributor :
U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
SDC Data Owner :
National Wildlife Health Center
USGS Mission Area :
Ecosystems

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AK COMU 2015-2016 chemistry results.csv 5.94 KB
AK COMU 2015-2016 microbiology results.csv 2.45 KB
AK COMU 2015-2016 murre submissions.csv 14.72 KB
AK COMU 2015-2016 parasitology results.csv 4.33 KB
AK COMU 2015-2016 virology results.csv 14.54 KB
Bodenstein_murres_metadata.xml
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Purpose

These data were collected to better understand the cause of a large die-off of common murres. Data provided in this release are necropsy specimens that were evaluated at the U.S. Geological Survey, National Wildlife Health Center.

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  • National Wildlife Health Center
  • USGS Data Release Products

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