Birds in the Natural Park of L’Albufera. MÒNICA TORRES
The outbreak of avian botulism detected on July 17 in the Tancat de la Pipa, in the natural park of the Albufera of Valencia, has left this Monday 331 dead birds and 64 sick, and a total of sixteen affected species, although around 80% of corpses correspond to mallards.
This has been explained to Efe Mario Giménez, delegate of SEO Birdlife in the Valencian Community, an organization that together with Acció Ecologista Agró manages this natural space where the drying process is followed to avoid concentrations of birds and that the bacteria can be dispersed accordingly.
Giménez has indicated that the majority of affected birds are mallards, of which there is a population of between 4,000 and 5,000 individuals in this park where there are usually no threatened species, and they have also found affected specimens of common egret, stork or common teal.
He has indicated that, of the 40 hectares in which it is necessary to act, one of the three filters that make up these old rice fields next to La Albufera has already dried up , and then the same will be done with the two lagoons, a process that He hopes it is finished this week, because he “empties slower” than they would “like”.
The intention is that the Tancat de la Pipa remain dry for the rest of the summer “and at least until mid-September”, since as long as the high temperatures continue there is a greater risk that the birds can get sick, and that with autumn it will become to flood the place “with an adequate water flow”, he explained.
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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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Thousands of birds have been found dead at one of Western Australia’s most important inland wetlands.
A Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development veterinarian arrived at Lake Gregory in the East Kimberley earlier this month to take sample, and found a number of wild birds in “poor conditions with low body weights”.
On a department inspection, it was found several thousand birds had died at the wetland, but the cause of death remains a mystery.
Lake Gregory is a permanent freshwater lake located between the Great Sandy Desert and the Tanami Desert and was previously described by the department as the most important inland wetland in Australia.
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Fuerteventura investigates the death of a score of birds in wetlands of the Island.
The Cabildo de Fuerteventura , through the Ministry of the Environment directed by Natalia Evora , has activated the Animal Health Protocol, after detecting the presence of dead birds in the reservoir of Los Molinos (Rural Park of Betancuria, Puerto del Rosario) and Fuerteventura Golf ( Caleta de Fuste , Antigua). Specifically, it is 25 copies of cinnamon jars and some others of common egret . The protocol establishes the sampling of waters for analysis and fluids of live animals, which are analyzed in the central veterinary laboratory to detect possible botulism.
In addition to these specimens have been collected other live ( 7 cinnamon jars and a common coot in the dam of Los Molinos and 2 common egrets in Fuerteventura Golf), which are kept under observation and care by the team of veterinarians of La Lajita Zoo , with which Cabildo de Fuerteventura has an agreement for injured or injured wildlife assistance.
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