Residents of Novorossiysk sound the alarm: all the beaches of the city are strewn with carcasses of dead birds. The Novorossiys have never seen such a number of bird corpses on the shore.
The townspeople have removed the new embankment of the city, strewn with dead birds.
On February 28, residents of the Vostochny District cleaned up the rubbish on the Volochaevsky beach. Activists report that they found about 200 carcasses on the shore.
The residents of Novorossiysk noticed that an oily film, very similar to oil products, was stretched across the sea in Shirokaya Balka. And on the shore – the same picture – dead birds.
A terrible sight can be observed throughout the city – on the Sudzhuk Spit, in the water area of the Tsemesskaya Bay next to the cruiser “Mikhail Kutuzov”, in Dyurso, in Myskhako. It is noteworthy that all these beaches are buried in garbage – plastic, household waste.
Local residents are concerned about the massive death of birds. The situation was commented on by the head of the commission for the protection and study of natural ecosystems in the North-West Caucasus of the Novorossiysk branch of the Russian Geographical Society Anton Popovich.
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Wildlife officials say cold temperatures from Winter Storm Uri are likely what left thousands, perhaps millions of dead, smelly fish floating in residential canals on North Padre Island.
Marvin Jones has been leading the clean up effort of the island canals the past few days.
“So far in the last few days, we’ve managed to scoop up and bag and haul off about 15 to 18 tons (of fish,)” said Jones, president of Padre Island Property Owner’s Association.
The association is responsible for the clean up because it owns the canals.
He estimates the clean up will take another week or two to return the canals to pre-storm conditions.
“There’s still thousands and thousands of dead fish,” he said.
City Manager Peter Zanoni said the city has been helping by throwing away fish residents have collected.
“We’ve been taking bags and bags and fish to the landfill,” he said.
City staff started working Friday afternoon to identify equipment that it could use to help collect fish from the canals.
“The amount of fish washing up is greater than what it was earlier in the week. It’s almost too much for them to handle by themselves,” Zanoni said.
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Following freezing temperatures experienced across Texas last week, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is receiving several reports of bat fatalities.
Sharing an update on its Facebook page, the state agency warns Texans never to attempt to handle bats, dead or alive, as many colonies are being found frozen under overpasses throughout the state.
According to the Houston Zoo’s bat specialist and naturalist Suzanne Jurek, Winter Storm Uri largely impacted bats as they had already used most of their fat reserves, leaving them vulnerable.
“The main concerns were dehydration and low body weight,” Jurek said. “There were additional bats that were down but were doing well enough to climb or be placed on a vertical surface so they would be able to drop into flight at dusk to eat and fill up those reserves.”
According to Jurek, many bats across Houston were saved and taken to a rehab facility in the Lake Jackson area.
“We may continue to have some bats die from the aftereffects of the freeze but should be through the worst of it,” Jurek said.
Texas Parks and Wildlife is recording wildlife mortalities due to Winter Storm Uri.
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Eighty-six more carcasses were found on Bazaruto Island, north of the capital Maputo, on Tuesday, after a first group was washed ashore on Sunday.
The cause of the deaths is still unknown, the country’s environment ministry said, and more experts are heading to the site.
One possible experts are investigating is if a cyclone may have contributed.
Last week’s Cyclone Guambe caused unrest in the waters off the island of Bazaruto, the head of inspection at the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, Tomás Manasse, said.
He added that dolphins are known to follow their leader to shore when they are in danger.
The autopsy did not conclusively find problems with the skin, tongue or intestines, he said, however, more samples have been sent to a laboratory in Maputo.
Last year, 52 dead dolphins were found on the coast of the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius.
Campaigners blamed a ship which had run aground and spilled vast amounts of oil.
However, the BBC’s Yasine Mohabuth in Port Louis says that in November an investigation by the fisheries ministry put the main cause of death down to a phenomenon known as barotrauma.
This is caused by an abrupt change in pressure.
“This could have been caused by a multitude of factors, such as the use of military sonar, an underwater earthquake, explosives or a volcanic eruption,” the report said.
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