Gallery: 10,000 Birds Die from Avian Cholera, Water Shortage from Low S...


The unseasonably warm winter this past year has caused over 10,000 migrating birds to die from avian cholera in Northern California and Southern Oregon. The birds would typically rest and feed at wetland areas in the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex, but the water supply to the area was reduced by the US Bureau of Reclamation due to light snowfall and threats of a water shortage. As birds were forced to crowd into a diminished space due to the lack of water, the avian cholera spread through the population quickly, resulting in death. Snow geese, northern pintail ducks, American wigeon ducks and white-fronted geese were the hardest hit, and the refuge’s manager, Ron Cole, believes 20,000 birds could be dead by the end of the year.

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