Warmer temperatures and low sea ice are causing changes in Arctic ecosystems that scientists don’t yet fully understand. Recent increases in seabird die-offs have prompted the voyage of a research vessel that hasn’t visited the region in more than 20 years.
Last autumn, a high rate of strange deaths was observed with seabirds in Western Alaska (including common murres, pictured). Ultimately, as KNOM’s news department reported, the bird deaths were linked to a specific disease, avian cholera. Naturally, many of our listeners had concerns about this phenomenon – concerns that we did our best to address, […]