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, 15 January 2015

Manatee County official wants to halt 'silent death' of sea birds

MANATEE -- In an effort to halt the "silent death" of sea birds entangled in fishing gear, a Manatee County official wants to discuss problems at the Skyway Fishing Pier at a meeting with state officials next week.

"I'm going to try to alert them to the severity of the problem as we see it, we would ask that it be a priority for them," said Charlie Hunsicker, county director of parks and natural resources.

Hunsicker will meet Wednesday in Tallahassee with officials at the Flori

da Department of Environmental Protection, the governing body for the Skyway Fishing Pier State Park on both ends of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. He'll discuss a management plan for the brown pelican at the fishing pier.

"I'll have the opportunity to meet with representatives of DEP to see how the state can work to complement the activities of the Audubon volunteers," said Hunsicker.

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