As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Birds in La Jolla Create Stench and Pollution, But They're Not the Only Ones


By Morgan Justice-Black 
As a handful of groups work quickly toward the best solution to eradicating the odor without irritating the wildlife, I Love A Clean San Diego provides other important facts on the pollution front.

Yes, the bird stench at La Jolla Cove is a big problem for businesses, tourists and residents there. While a number of experts and stakeholders are working hard to find the right solution, I Love A Clean San Diego has some additional information on animal pollution that we should all pay attention to.

Just to recap, it seems that the stench stems from more than a few big birds (pelicans and cormorants to be exact) that have found a permanent hangout at the cove safe from human interruption. The odor from their droppings is attracting most of the attention, and some have begun to raise questions about their poop triggering both a “public health disaster” and an environmental contamination issue.

The bad news is it may take some time for the best solution to be developed and agreed upon. In the meantime, with our rainy season rapidly approaching, the bird waste will wash into the water and may create a short-term water quality issue for swimmers and scuba divers, even before any human intervention takes place.

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