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1 year ago

Noted and Thanx for all the interesting Posts I also signed the petition Thanx Mammabear,Nyack.Cher and Cal

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Protect Endangered Seabirds from Habitat Destruction
1 year ago
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Life is happy at the sea.
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2 years ago

Signed thanks Nyack!

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Scott Islands: Home to Over Two Million Seabirds ! PLEASE TAKE ACTION ! !
Scott Islands: Home to Over Two Million Seabirds ! PLEASE TAKE ACTION ! !

Environment  (tags: environment, habitat, nature, protection, wildlife )

Cher
- 3 hours ago - cpawsbc.org
The Scott Islands - five stormy, foggy, and rocky islands in the Pacific - host some two million seabirds each year. These birds nest in colonies, from staggering slopes of breeding murres to colourful gatherings of tufted puffins.
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Multi-Hook Lines ‘Kill 300,000 Birds a Year’
Multi-Hook Lines 'Kill 300,000 Birds a Year'

Animals  (tags: animals, animalwelfare, birds, wildanimals, slaughter, protection, humans, cruelty, death, habitat, killing )

Cal
- 4 hours ago - heraldscotland.com
MORE than 300,000 seabirds are thought to be killed every year by longline fisheries, threatening 17 of the 22 species of albatross.
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New Seabird Discovered From Hawaii, But No One Knows Where It Lives
New Seabird Discovered From Hawaii, But No One Knows Where It Lives

Animals  (tags: animals, animalwelfare, wildlife, wildanimals, protection )

Cal
- 4 hours ago - news.mongabay.com
Researchers have uncovered a new seabird native to Hawaii stuffed in a museum.
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UK Seabirds Falling Through Safety Net
UK Seabirds Falling Through Safety Net

Animals  (tags: wildlife, wildanimals, UK seabirds, birds, protection, animalwelfare, animals, endangered, AnimalWelfare, abuse, environment, habitat )

Cal
- 5 hours ago - wildlifeextra.com
Despite the UK being globally-renowned for its immense populations of seabirds - including puffins, shearwaters, petrels, kittiwakes, terns and gannets - laws to designate marine protected areas in England and Wales are failing these iconic species becaus
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2 years ago

Thank you for sharing this article.

2 years ago
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Raise Your Voice to Help California Seabirds ! PLEASE TAKE ACTION ! !
Raise Your Voice to Help California Seabirds ! PLEASE TAKE ACTION ! !

Animals  (tags: animals, AnimalWelfare, environment, protection, wildlife, habitat, wildanimals )

Cher Away
- 1 hour ago - secure3.convio.net
Seabirds rank among California's most fascinating birds - and its most threatened. But you can help these birds by making your voice heard today.
2 years ago

Sea birds obtain most or all of their food from the water. All aquatic sea birds that live in saltwater environments have salt glands, which enable them to drink seawater and excrete the excess salt. Albatross, shearwaters, storm petrels, and diving petrels are considered the most exclusively marine of all sea birds. Sea birds spend much of their time over the open ocean, well away from land.

   

Many other sea birds have aquatic lifestyles but live closer to land. Among these are penguins, which live in the southernmost oceans near the Antarctic. Some species of penguins spend most of their lives in the water, coming on land only to reproduce and molt. Grebes and divers, or loons, are found on or near lakes. Grebes are unusual among sea birds because they make their nests on the water, using floating plant materials that they hide among reeds. Pelicans, known for their long bills and huge throat pouches, often switch between salt water and fresh water habitats during the year.

Gulls are generalists among the sea birds, feeding largely by scavenging over open water, along shores, or even inland areas. Waterfowl, a group that includes ducks, geese, and swans, often breed on freshwater lakes and marshes, although they sometimes make their homes in marine habitats.

2 years ago

Many sea birds are excellent swimmers and divers, including such distantly related types of birds as grebes, loons, ducks, auks, cormorants, penguins, and diving petrels. Most of these sea birds have webbed or lobed toes that act as paddles, which they use to propel themselves underwater.


Others, including auks and penguins, use their wings to propel themselves through the water. Swimming sea birds have broad, raft like bodies that provide stability. They have dense feather coverings that hold pockets of air for warmth, but they can compress the air out of these pockets to reduce buoyancy when diving.

 

Many fish-catching sea birds can dive to great depths, either from the air or from the water's surface. The emperor penguin can plunge to depths of more than 250 m (850 ft) and remain submerged for about 12 minutes. Some ducks, swans, and geese perform an action called dabbling, in which they tip their tails up and reach down with their beaks to forage on the mud beneath shallow water.

2 years ago
Seabirds, particularly albatrosses, are becoming increasingly threatened at a faster rate globally than all other species-groups of birds.

Seabirds face a variety of threats, both on land and at sea. Currently the most critical conservation problem facing seabirds is thought to be bycatch caused by mortality in longline fisheres. It is estimated that over 100,000 birds – including tens of thousands of albatrosses – are killed annually by pirate fishing vessels in the Southern Ocean alone.

However mortality can be reduced to negligible levels in both pelagic (mid-water) and demersal (bottom) longline fisheries if fisheries management authorities adopt a suite of operationally benign mitigation measures that have been developed.

Birds are found worldwide in many habitats. They can fly over some of the highest mountains on earth as well as both of the earth�s poles, dive through water to depths of more than 250 m (850 ft), and occupy habitats with the most extreme climates on the planet, including arctic tundra and the Sahara Desert. Certain kinds of seabirds are commonly seen over the open ocean thousands of kilometers from the nearest land, but all birds must come ashore to raise their young.


Many sea birds are excellent swimmers and divers, including such distantly related types of birds as grebes, loons, ducks, auks, cormorants, penguins, and diving petrels. Most of these sea birds have webbed or lobed toes that act as paddles, which they use to propel themselves underwater.
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Sea Birds (some, -incomplete list)

Albatross
Arctic Tern
Auk (bird)
Auklet
Booby
Brown Pelican
Cahow
California Gull
Cormorants
Divers
Duck
Eagle
Eider
Falcon
Flamingo
Franklin's Gull
Frigate Bird
Fulmar
Gannet
Geese
Grebe
Guillemot
Gull
Heron
Herring Gull
Jaeger
Kingfisher
Kittiwake
Loon
Marbled
Murrelet
Murre
Noddies
Oystercatcher
Osprey
Pelican
Penguin
PetrelPlover
Prion
Puffin
Scoter
Sandpiper
Shag
Shearwater
Skimmer
Skua
Surfbird
Swan
Tern
Tropicbird
Turnstone
Western Gull

Seabirds - Biological Significance

Seabirds have benefited from controls on hunting and egg collecting, which were once prevalent in the nineteenth century for sport, food and feathers. Migratory species are affected by different pressures in each country they visit. For example, the roseate tern faces natural predation and trapping in West Africa, but not in the UK.

Seabirds may be affected by:

The availability of undisturbed nesting habitat
Human competition for fish
The amounts of discarded fish from fisheries
Oiling mortality
Net entanglement

It is also possible that long-term changes in the climate and oceans have affected populations of both sea birds and the fish that they feed on. Oil is one of the greatest hazards because spills initially float, exposing sea birds to oiling of their plumage. The Mersey pipeline oil leak in 1989 killed over 4,000 sea birds, most of which were common species of gull. The Sea Empress spill in 1986 is known to have killed at least 7,000 sea birds. This included some 3,500 over wintering common scoters. Although such pollution has occasionally led to substantial mortalities of sea birds in estuaries, there is no evidence of it having any long-term significance to populations.