Beth Verge, Reporter and Multimedia Journalist
POSTED: 05:20 PM AKDT Mar 19, 2016 UPDATED: 05:39 PM AKDT Mar 19, 2016
For now, a crisis has been averted for the massive seabird die-off that concerned scientists this winter, according to officials with
Bird Training and Anchorage . Learning Center
"We were afraid that this was going to carry on through the spring," said Bird TLC Director of Operations Guy Runco, referring to the thousands of Common Murres found exhausted and starved hundreds of miles north of their natural habitat near the sea.
"We didn't know when it would end, so when February came around and we stopped getting calls, we were very happy with that," he said.
U.S. Geological Survey research wildlife biologists told the Associated Press that an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 carcasses of the penguin-like bird had been counted last month on the shores of a southwest
lake, contributing to the total count of nearly 40,000, which could actually be
a fraction of the true number. Alaska
But, for the last month, Bird TLC has not received any calls regarding Common Murre carcass discoveries.
"It's not just
Runco said. "We got birds sent to us from as far north as Anchorage .
We were finding them inland throughout Fairbanks ,
and now that's just not the case." Alaska