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Rhinoceros auklets near Protection Island. Photo: Peter Hodum
Rhinoceros auklets near Protection Island. Photo: Peter Hodum

Keeping watch on seabird health

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Scientists are still trying to understand what caused the deaths of thousands of rhinoceros auklets in the Salish Sea in 2016. Some studies point to disease as a central factor in that incident and potentially other large seabird die-offs along the coast. That is prompting a deeper look at what makes these birds sick, and how local populations are faring. We followed a group of researchers as they gave a health checkup to a breeding colony of rhinoceros auklets on Protection Island.

Read the story from Eric Wagner in our magazine Salish Sea Currents.