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Avian Botulism Takes its Toll: Scientists Continue to Look for Clues

By Howard Meyerson Joe Kaplan didn’t have to look far to find dead birds in 2007. Thousands had washed up on the northern Lake Michigan shoreline, from Sleeping Bear Dunes north across the Upper Peninsula. Carcasses littered the light-colored sands. … Continue reading

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Avian botulism kills off hundreds of loons and other birds

Nearly 300 loons and other birds have been reported dead along the shores of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The Detroit Free Press today reported that southwest and northwest winds in recent weeks caused the birds to wash ashore. Botulism … Continue reading

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Michigan’s oldest banded loon dies from avian botulism

Michigan’s oldest banded loon died last weekend on a Lake Michigan beach, according to  Michigan Audubon Society which reported that the 21-year-old loon died from avian botulism. The loon is known as “The Patriarch.” It was born in 1991 to … Continue reading

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