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Bird die-offs in Alaska Maritime NWR has scientists worried; climate change, plastics may be causes

Clam Lagoon, a body of water on the northernmost peninsula of Adak Island, Alaska, was meant to be a wildlife haven. But a continually warming Bering Sea is putting so much stress on the food chain there that its residents can’t find enough to eat: They’re starving, experts say.

Thousands of murres, puffins, auklets, and other seabirds used to scream through the skies over Adak. “Now it’s something like 200 to 300,” says Douglas Causey, a Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, who has been coming to the island for three decades.


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