Thu, 30 May 2019
In 2016, a mass die-off of thousands of tufted puffins washed up emaciated and either dead or dying due to changes in their food supply.
Puffins are seabirds that feed on pollock, cod, and other fish at the edge of cold pools in the Bearing Sea. The puffins rely on the healthy fish to eat so that they have the energy to fly, molt, and survive the harsh environment of Alaska.
Unfortunately, the warming weather prevents the cold pools from forming, which spreads the fish out over thousands of kilometers. The puffins have to fly further to catch prey.
Listen to the episode for more details of why puffins are dying and how Climate Change is playing a role.
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Direct download: SUFB_S796_WhyDidAMassDieOffOfPuffinsHappenInAlaska.mp3
Category:Puffins -- posted at: 4:31pm EDT