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Thousands of flamingos dead due to disease in Mazandaran, Iran #flamingos #Iran

Dead Greater Flamingos at Miankaleh, Iran, this week (ISNA Iran)

Upward of 10,000 birds have been found dead at the Miankaleh peninsula, situated on the Caspian Sea shore in north-east Iran, in recent days.

According to Hossein-Ali Ebrahimi, head of Mazandaran province’s department of environment, the corpses involve many different species, including Greater Flamingos, as well as ducks and grebes.

Ebrahimi noted that a group of experts from Iran’s Department of Environment (DoE) has been sent to Mazandaran province to investigate the cause of the migratory birds’ deaths. The carcasses were being collected for testing, with most being buried with sanitary precautions taken.

He said the DoE has banned hunting of migratory birds in the eastern parts of the province, where Miankaleh is located, until the investigations are carried out, adding that in order to maintain human health, the sale of any migratory birds in nearby cities would also be suspended until the exact cause of the deaths is known.

Influenza has already been ruled out as a cause of the mass die-off, but the reason for the shocking event remains unclear. While it is possible that this is a human-induced event, with deliberate poisoning carried out, the most likely explanation is natural water contamination through poisoning by algae and/or plankton, causing botulism. A similar event occurred in Rajasthan, north-east India, in November 2019.

Miankaleh is a narrow and long peninsula situated in the extreme south-eastern part of the Caspian Sea, covering an area of more than 68,800 ha. The peninsula is 48 km long, between 1.3 and 3.2 km wide, and sets apart the Gorgan Bay from the Caspian Sea. The wetland there is a wildlife sanctuary and hosts huge numbers of waterbirds throughout the seasons.

Miankaleh was registered as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention in 1975. Then, in 1976, the peninsula was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO.

The reserve’s ecological importance is particularly highlighted by the 250,000 migratory birds it hosts in winter, including Dalmatian Pelicans, Russian White-fronted and Greylag Geese, and White-headed Duck.

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More than 20 #ducks and other #dead #birds in #Cochabamba, #Quenamari, #Bolivia

The dead ducks in several places on the banks of the Quenamari lagoon, in the Itocta Commune of the city. | DANIEL JAMES

Quenamari lagoon was full of herons, ducks of different species and flamingos. However, the picture changed drastically. Now, you have a mirror of water with more than 20 dead ducks, either on the banks, floating or being devoured by dogs.

Los Tiempos made a tour of almost half a lagoon in the southwest sector. It identified 18 ducks and other dead birds. Some were with the skeleton discovered, while others had the appearance of having only a few hours without life.

In addition, there were birds watered by the dry sectors. Also, it was noticed the presence of several packs that had in their snouts some of these to eat them.

The ornithologist Dennis Camacho explained that, in the visit they made with a group of biologists, they identified more than 20 ducks of three species, dead, in addition to other birds such as waterbirds.

“It’s a high death toll. It is not normal. These birds feed on algae and microinvertebrates that live in the water. It’s possible that it’s something in the water, “Camacho explained.

The specialist indicated that they could not take any dead duck, because the people of the area were quite reluctant with their presence. However, they moved an agonizing duck to Agroflori to be treated.

On the other hand, one of those in charge of Agroflori, Soledad Vargas, explained that the duck arrived with diarrhea. In addition, it had affectations by an apparent fall.

They also received several messages from people who pointed out the presence of ducks that fell in their homes. All of them were sent to the Forestry and Environmental Police (Pofoma) for their rescue and delivery to the Government.

However, it is also the Mayor’s task to do a toxicological examination to determine the cause of death of the ducks. A similar situation was experienced years ago in the Alalay lagoon and the municipality was responsible.

The panorama of the lagoon became bleak. There is almost no life. The water has algae and totorales without any type of management. It is in abandonment.

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Hundreds of Pink Flamingos dead from Hurricane Irma in Cuba

Flamenco killed by Hurricane Irma in Cayo Coco / Photo: Dianelys Marín Dewar
The journalist Dianelys Marín, from the Avilanian media Radio Surco, the passing of Hurricane Irma caused the death of thousands of flamingos in Cayo Coco, one of the main tourist attractions in the country.
“More than twenty years of work in the northern cayía of #CiegodeAvila, destroyed in a few hours by # HuracánIrma. What devastation, what sadness …”, said Marin in another post, who also said he would share the figures of the real impact of Irma in the flora and the fauna of the place, according to the estimates of the professionals of the Center of Investigations of Coastal Ecosystems (CIEC).
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300 Flamingos killed by massive hailstorm in Albacete, Spain

05.09.15 Flamingos Killed In Spain
A strong storm water and hail, which fell in the province of Albacete, killed 300 copies of the lagoon of Petrola flamenco. Sources of the special services of prevention and extinction of fire in the region (Sepei) confirmed that storm also caused tens of specimens wounded, that have been recovered by environmental agents.
Ovidio García, head of the Sepei, explained that “the figures are not official and are environmental agents who will have the final count”, although “the data that we have given have been 300 dead animals”.
Environmental agents have spent long hours recovering adults and dead chickens, and injured animals. Garcia said that “the lagoon of Petrola is extensive, but not deep,” by which rescues them “not have been complicated”. The same lagoon already was the scene of the death of some 80 flamingos by a strong HailStorm and hail in 2010, and then Albacete bird recovery center took care of injured animals.
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