25 dead #SeaBirds found on #SleepingBearDunes, #Michigan, USA

Dead loons

Photo by National Park Service

More than 25 common loons have been found dead at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

According to the National Park Service, the birds washed ashore on Good Harbor Bay Beach on Thursday and were found by BOT Squad volunteers.

It is likely the deaths were caused by type-E botulism poisoning, according to the NPS.

Park service staff hypothesized that the birds ingested the toxin through a series of links in the food web beginning with aquatic invertebrates that acquire the toxin by living in decaying algae on the bottom of the lake.

Courtesy of mlive.com


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